T-shirts are a great way to promote your company or spread awareness about an idea you’re passionate about. While there are a lot of companies out there that make t-shirts, not many of them are sustainable or ethical. That’s where we come in.
Are you looking to order t-shirts for your business, club, or organization that align with your values? We’ve done the hard work and thoroughly researched four brands that make custom t-shirts that not only look great but that you can also wear proudly.
Known Supply is working to reimagine apparel production in a way that honors and celebrates the people who make clothes. Each piece of clothing is Fair Trade certified and hand signed by the maker.
Known Supply is committed to sustainability and uses organic pima cotton as their main fabric. They recently expanded to offer custom t-shirts and they’re excited to partner with anyone who is as they say “here to make the world a better place.”
Takeaway: If you buy t-shirts from Known Supply, you know that you and your organization are not only being more eco-friendly, but that you’re also taking a stand for fair wages.
If you’re looking for blanks or you already have a printing solution in mind, then the Good Tee is the option for you. The Good Tee sells blank t-shirts in men’s, women’s, unisex, children’s, and babies options.
They’re a certified B-Corp and all of their t-shirts are made with Fair Trade cotton. Transparency is also very important to the Good Tee and they share a lot of information about their supply chain right on their website.
Takeaway: The Good Tee is a good place to buy blank shirts in a large range of sizes, all from a source that you can trust.
If you want to make and sell sustainable T-Shirts online, all with one easy solution, then Teemill is a great choice. Making t-shirts and selling them online through Teemill is not only easy, but also free so all you have to worry about are the profits.
Takeaway: If you want to make t-shirts and sell them online, Teemill will help you every step of the way.
Whether you’re looking for blank t-shirts or custom apparel, Kansas City based brand GOEX is a good place to look. If you buy from GOEX, you’ll be supporting workers in Haiti and Kansas City.
Fair pay is important to GOEX and anyone who works for them makes, on average, enough to support a family of six. GOEX is also one of the few companies to pass the Fair Trade Federation’s (FTF) rigorous screening and their blog details how they’re following the FTF’s nine principles.
Most GOEX t-shirts are made with eco-triblend, a fabric made up of cotton, recycled polyester, and rayon. GOEX repurposes approximately five plastic water bottles to make each shirt.
Takeaway: If you buy t-shirts from GOEX you’re helping workers in Haiti and Kansas City earn a livable wage, all while keeping production close to the US to minimize shipping.
Need Some Help?
If you’re not sure which brand to choose or you’re looking for something else we can help. Many of our certified brands offer bulk orders for whatever sustainable merch you need: t-shirts, hoodies, hats, and more.
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We hope this list helps you find a sustainable source for your business, club, or organization t-shirts. Got ethical apparel questions? Hit us in the comments.
*Cover image featuring Known Supply.
Roxanna Barbulescu is a content writer at Eco-Stylist. She studies English and Creative Writing, and Health and Human Physiology at the University of Iowa. Roxanna also enjoys drawing, biking, and writing short stories.