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Monthly Archives - April 2020

What is eco-triblend?

Once you’ve experienced one of our eco-triblend tees, it’s hard to go back to cotton. Read on to learn more about our eco-triblend tees and why we (and our customers) think they’re so amazing.

 

Eco-triblend tees are better for the environment.

Tri-blend was first introduced to the market in 2006. It is fabric made up of three different materials: cotton, polyester and rayon. At GOEX, our triblend tees are made up of 25% U.S. cotton, 50% recycled polyester and 25% rayon. We define our triblend tees as eco-triblend because they are better for the environment. Each t-shirt contains the equivalent of approximately five plastic water bottles, taking them out of the landfills and repurposing them in your wardrobe. 

 

Eco-triblend tees are softer.

Our unique blend of yarns creates a luxuriously soft tee with a little bit of a stretch that you’ll want to wear multiple days a week. 


Eco-triblend tees are more durable.

These incredible tees withstand the test of time. They hold up to regular washing and resist pilling, ripping and fading. One of our eco-triblend tees will remain a staple in your closet for years to come. 

 

Eco-triblend tees are more moisture-wicking.

This fabric breathes like cotton and the polyester content wicks water and doesn’t keep heat trapped between the fabric and your skin. You’ll stay cooler and drier wearing one of our eco-triblend tees, whether you’re being active or just going about your regular day.


Eco-triblend tees are more fashionable.

Besides being incredibly comfy, these tees come with a vintage heather texture, they’re wrinkle-resistant and have an awesome fit that perfectly hugs all body types. Whether you’re going for a basic or a graphic tee, you’re sure to standout in the crowd.

 

Shop tees made with you in mind.

Our tees are one of the best, comfiest tees on the market made at the highest standard. GOEX is one of the elite few who have passed the Fair Trade Federation’s (FTF) rigorous screening, ensuring members are committed to being fair and responsible in everything they do – socially, economically and environmentally. Shop our graphic tee collection to find the perfect statement tee to add to your wardrobe that does good for the environment and its makers!

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A complete outfit out of recycled plastics

 

The abundance of single use plastics in our daily lives is becoming an issue severely impacting our environment that we can no longer ignore. One million plastic bottles are purchased around the world every minute, but what happens to them after they’re used?

 

While most plastic bottles are unfortunately not recycled, some companies have stepped up to reuse the bottles in sustainable fashion. We’ve put together a list of some of our favorite brands reinventing what recycled fashion means – enough to make a complete, sustainable outfit! Check it out below. 

 

Shirt

At GOEX, we are committed to a high standard of quality. Quality of worker experience, quality of fabric and quality of material. Better t-shirts start with better raw materials. Our eco-triblend tees are made from U.S. cotton, recycled polyester and rayon. Every eco-triblend shirt contains the equivalent of approximately five plastic water bottles!

 

Jacket

Patagonia has been making recycled polyester for their clothing from plastic bottles since 1993. Now their recycled polyester fibers are made from a blend of soda bottles, manufacturing waste and worn-out apparel. Recycled polyester can be found in a wide range of Patagonia’s products. We think their jackets are a staple in every sustainable fashionista’s wardrobe! 

 

Pants

Aeropostale’s line of eco-friendly jeans is made from recycled polyester and comes in more than 6 fits, 4 rises and 21 washes. You’re sure to find your new favorite pair of jeans.

 

Underwear

Marc Skid offers premium, eco-friendly organic cotton underwear with one recycled plastic water bottle used in every waistband. For every pair of underwear sold, Marc Skid donates $4 to nine 4-star charities dedicated to Curing, Feeding and Saving the World. 

Socks

Maggies Organics provides fair trade, socially conscious, organic cotton socks. Their socks have been made in the USA since 1992 and offer soft, long-lasting comfort that is so good you won’t want to take them off.

Shoes

Adidas offers a wide variety of stylish, sustainable sneakers. This year, over half of the polyester in its products is from recycled plastic waste, with plans to use only recycled polyester by 2024. Approximately, 15-20 million pairs of Adidas sneakers will be created in 2020 with plastic waste collected from beaches and coastal regions.

 

The next time you decide to place an online order to refresh your wardrobe, we hope you choose sustainable, ethical choices. The purchase you make has the opportunity to change the world, one recycled and reused water bottle at a time. 

 

Shop graphic tees you can feel good about wearing.

Our tees are one of the best, comfiest tees on the market made at the highest standard. Shop our graphic tee collection to find the perfect statement tee to add to your wardrobe that does good for the environment and its makers!

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Shirts feel good when they are responsibly sourced

 

No fake news, this is the real deal. We take sourcing and creating seriously. Read through to learn how GOEX is limiting our environmental impact and are committed to sustainability.

 

Step 1: Responsible Sourcing

Our eco-triblend material is responsibly grown and sourced right here in the U.S. – in South Carolina. Our eco-triblend tees are made up of 50% Recycled Polyester, 25% Cotton and 25% Rayon with a total of 5 recycled water bottles in each tee. By sourcing the material in the United States, we have high visibility on farming practices and working conditions for workers.

 

Step 2: Responsible Workplace Environment 

After the material is processed into fiber, spun into yarn and knitted into fabric, it is shipped to our Fair Trade, Better Work Certified production facility LIFE to be hand-sewn into your shirts. A typical t-shirt will travel 16,000 miles. Most of this shipping is done using bunker fuel, a heavy oil residue so toxic most countries won’t let ships use it within 200 miles of shore. Haiti, on the other hand, is a mere 500 miles from Miami and that’s as far as our fabric and shirts have to go – a significant reduction in shipping.

 

Step 3: Responsible Fulfillment

Once the blank tees are sewn, checked and packed by our makers in Haiti, they come to our fulfillment warehouse in Kansas City to be printed and shipped to you!

Our printshop is located in Kansas City’s urban core, creating fair wage jobs for many Kansas City residents as well.

 

Step 4: You get your new favorite shirt!

From South Carolina, to Haiti, to KC, to you – GOEX shirts represent more. You’ll live in your comfy tee and can feel good that you made a difference with your purchase.

 

Shop tees made with you in mind.

We’d love to get you started with a better basic tee today! Choose from our many styles, colors, and fits to make the perfect garment for your next group event — something you can feel proud to wear. Browse our Digital Catalog today!

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COVID-19 | Regarding the temporary shutdown of our production facility

 

Right now the news is full of retailer and manufacturers jumping to make medical masks and gowns. We wanted to share why, at our apparel manufacturing facility LIFE, we’re not.

 

On Thursday, March 19th, we received a call from Bickford Senior Living, a longtime client, asking if we could make masks for their senior living facilities as they only had enough for one per person and were struggling to get additional supplies. Within 24 hours our team designed a mask and put it into production. At that time, Haiti only had one case of COVID-19 and factories were running. By the end of day Friday there were five cases and the Haitian government announced a shut down that evening putting a stop to all textile production in the country. Over the weekend, we adjusted the pattern for home sewing and got it out to volunteer sewers to make masks for Bickford and other facilities. (Learn more and download the pattern here.)

 

Right now in Haiti, the textile sewing industry is putting enormous pressure on the government to allow factories to reopen. They’re pushing with the angle of sewing medical masks and gowns, but most don’t have the ability to make the shift quickly because of fabric supply. While they are putting plans together for hand washing stations and other sanitation measures, many of these factories have thousands of employees who work in close conditions and pass garment parts from person to person. There is no way to prevent germs from passing within the factories.

 

That being said, there is the reality of the Haitian economy – people don’t have savings accounts for deep freezes. Stocking up on supplies is not a thing. Without the factories running, the 55,000+ people who work in the textile sector are unemployed. If the factories reopen, they will go back to work. There are no safety nets in Haiti, the government will not be depositing cash into everyone’s bank accounts. If factories open, workers will make a choice between a paycheck and the potential threat to the health and safety of them and their family and neighbors. In a country with very little healthcare and little ability to social distance, going to work could be a devastating decision.

 

 

So what are we doing differently?

  1. As soon as the shutdown was announced, we got on the phone with our team and told them we would continue to pay our people at least for the next two payrolls (one month).
  2. Our management team is advocating for the workers on industry calls and text chains. We are not pushing for factories to reopen next week, instead we’re asking for all of the factories to consider the risks to their employees above the desires to make money or even to help sew hospital gowns.
  3. We’re analyzing cash positions and expenses and talking to suppliers and customers in the hope that we can continue to pay our workers so they can care for their families during these unprecedented times.

 

Here is an update from Ariane, our COO, who chose stay in Haiti when most American citizens were leaving:

 

“Since the announcement of the first reported cases of COVID-19 in Haiti, my every day life has completely changed like everyone else all around the world. The country was in complete panic the next day with everyone frantically trying to run last minute errands at the same time. It’s been almost been two weeks since then and I’ve noticed that things have definitely calmed down. I’ve noticed a shift in precautions taken by not only the government but the people of Haiti as well, as their awareness on the virus has expanded.

Our team is doing a great job of frequently touching base with one another and keeping the morale high during these difficult times. The gesture of granting two payrolls spoke volumes to the employees. I didn’t get to speak to everyone, but those I did get the chance to talk to were extremely grateful. They know that we are all in this together and have their best interest at heart.”

 

How can you help?

  1. If you sew at home, jump in on making masks or gowns. We’ve provided a pattern for masks but there are several options out on the internet. Have questions? Shoot us an email and we’ll find an answer!
  2. Buy a tee, or two or ten! Many people are taking this opportunity to clean out closets and organize their homes. Make rags out those old tees and hoodies and restock for spring with new basics or graphic tees that, now more than ever, care for the people that make them.
  3. Share our story! Online shopping is trending up now more than ever. Encourage your friends and family to make ethical choices while shopping. Follow the hashtag #StayHomeLiveFair to see other consumers and brands connecting in solidarity with workers and promoting Fair Trade goods.

 

Watch for additional updates from our team in Haiti over the next few weeks as we navigate our ever-changing world.  Thank you for your continued support!

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