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      It's Independent Retailer Month

      It's Independent Retailer Month

      July is Independent Retailer Month. Independent Retailer Month is a shop small event that runs annually throughout July. In order to highlight positive social and economic impacts, we encourage consumers to shop indie! 


      According to the Census Bureau and Small Business Administration, independent retailers employ approximately 51 percent of the U.S. workforce, excluding non-farm workers. In addition, they often supply products and services normally not found in big box stores. 

      Shop Indie

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      How many times have you strolled by a brick-and-mortar store and wanted to stop in? Seize the opportunity this month!  Wanting to stay home? That’s totally cool. Many independent retailers, like us, have online stores that offer in store pick up or low cost shipping. Snuggle in, grab a cup of tea, and browse away. 

       

      Feel good. Do good. 

      Made your purchase? Happy post check out? That’s amazing! You can continue to support beyond your purchase. Here’s some ways to support small businesses after your purchase:

       

      • GET SOCIAL - Follow, react, comment, AND tag photos of their products/services. By actively engaging with small businesses on social media you are helping to metaphorically cast a wider net. A heart/care reaction paired with a well placed emoji can increase a small business’s reach from 1% to 4%. That’s a huge impact!

       

      • TELL EVERYONE - Word of mouth continues to be the greatest value when it comes to advertising. Do you absolutely love your new top or had a terrific time watching an old favorite at an art house theater? Tell everyone! Let your friends know. Publicly post reviews online. Tag businesses in your blog. Do you have friends looking for specific items or services? Be the one to let them know. Be vocal any way you can and advocate for your favorite small businesses!

       

      • SHOW YOUR GRATITUDE - If a business goes live on social media, tune in. If they’re hosting an event (virtual or safely in person) show up. Also, take the time to thank them! It’s way too easy to get caught up in “what if’s” and feelings of defeat. Sending a message on their social media or mailing a thank you card can brighten a small business owner’s world and can give them the boost they need to keep going.

       

      Shopping small ensures that you’re getting quality products and phenomenal customer service. They contribute to a community’s culture by creating jobs, growing awareness, and lifting up neighborhoods. Doesn’t it make you feel good knowing that you’re helping your community grow? They work hard to fulfill their missions. They’re dreams are literally YOUR happiness so do your part to keep them open and thriving.

       

      GOEX - Small But MIGHTY

      Encouraging consumers to shop local is good. What’s even better is empowering businesses to sell products that are ethically sourced. GOEX Apparel is dedicated to making fair trade products accessible to independent retailers. You have the ability to change lives through your purchase as an individual and as a business owner. Through a simple tee we can give purpose. 

       Feel good. Do good. 

       

      Independent Retailer Month

      When you go with GOEX, you're making an impact on the environment. PLUS you are helping to sustain dignified, fair wage jobs that help families stay together. It’s a quality that’s better for our planet, better for the maker, and better for you. You can be proud knowing that having a GOEX tee in every pop of color makes a great impact. Thank you for shopping small and giving your purchase purpose. 

       

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      The Transparent GOEX Supply Chain

      The Transparent GOEX Supply Chain

      We take sourcing and creating seriously. We also believe in radical transparency. Read through to learn how GOEX is limiting our environmental impact and increasing our commitment to sustainability while caring for people throughout our supply chain.

       

      Step 1: Responsible Sourcing

      Our eco-triblend fabric is sourced right here in the U.S. – in South Carolina. Our eco-triblend tees are made of 50% Recycled Polyester, 37% Cotton and 13% Tencel - each tee contains about 5 water bottles worth of recycled plastic. By sourcing the fabric in the United States, we limit our carbon footprint and support jobs here at home - from cotton farming and processing to spinning, knitting, dyeing and finishing, all of our fabric purchases support at least five different US companies.  

      Our eco-cotton ivory tees are made of 50% upcycled cotton (fabric scraps gathered, shredded and made into new yarn) and 50% organic cotton. No extra dyes or finishes, the color comes from the assortment of fabric scraps used.  The yarns used in this fabric are made in Spain and then knitted and finished in South Carolina.

      All of our cotton is sourced in the US.  When given the option between sourcing conventional cotton in the states or importing organic cotton from overseas, we chose US cotton for a few reasons:

      • Cotton is a good which commonly uses forced labor in developing nations and it’s difficult to track where the actual fiber comes from.
      • US farmers have developed methods to reduce the use of both pesticides and water making much US grown cotton more eco-friendly even if not organic
      • Regulations in the US require farmers to use fair labor practices and decrease their effects on the environment
      • Getting cotton from the field to a t-shirt is at least a 7 step process with people involved throughout the supply chain. Because cotton is a commodity good, the only way to decrease the price of a finished good is to cut expenses throughout each step and the maker typically pays that price, especially in the developing world. We are a people first company so we choose the sourcing option most likely to provide for all of the people who touch our product.

      Transition to 100% recycled polyester 

      As of 2021, all of the polyester we purchase is made with Repreve recycled polyester. These garments are 100% recycled from the fabric to the labels and trims to the zippers and buttons. Another fun fact - we purchase our zippers from OceanWorks who makes a variety of items from ocean plastic!  

      After fabric is processed into fiber, spun into yarn and knitted into fabric, it is shipped to Life S.A., our production facility in Port au Prince, Haiti, 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.

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      Step 2: Responsible Workplace Environment

      Our first priority is our workers — they are the reason we exist. When major changes are necessary due to adjustments in government labor policies, we update our rules to comply and then meet with employees to educate them on those updates. Our urgent priority is to make sure we have engaged with all questions or concerns. Employees are invited to work on strategizing and implementing key business objects. This requires regular team meetings to get input on specific business needs or decisions, as well as overall strategic direction. Both in Haiti and in Kansas City, all employees are hired and retained based on skill regardless of race, sex, union affiliation, religion or any other factors.

      For our producers at LIFE in Haiti, we regularly participate in audits or reviews of our workplace and policies. This is done through third party companies like BetterWorks Haiti and the Fair Trade Federation. At our print shop in Kansas City, we practice similar disciplines in working with our employees. We update policies annually and review with employees. We pay attention to industry standards and requirements for workplace safety for both warehousing and screenprinting.

       

      Step 3: Responsible Fulfillment

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      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 Kansas City residents.  

       

      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.

      Ethically Made Cloth Clothing 

       

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      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.

      Empowering Fathers

      Empowering Fathers

      Despite many challenges, fathers are prospering while taking care of themselves and dreaming of a better life for their children. Every day fathers show us how to be strong, intelligent, and resilient. We had an opportunity to sit down with one of our staff members at LIFE S.A. to discuss what it means to be a working father and what inspires him about working with GOEX Apparel. 

       

      Meet Joseph Rycles

      Joseph is a sewing machine operator who primarily works on a single needle machine. He developed a passion for sewing after working as a salesman in a sewing workshop and has been sewing for nearly 18 years. “I was fascinated by it. I admired the workmanship, the cut of the clothes and the way they came to life. The owner of the workshop saw how I took an interest, so he offered to give me lessons. It was a huge turning point for me.”



      Joseph is from the city of Jean Rabel, Haiti. The third child in a family of four, he is now married with a daughter of his own. “I love my family because we respect and help each other. We are a good team; everyone has their role,” says Rycles. 


      Caring for his family comes in many forms such as ensuring that opportunities for his daughter are available - like a good education. “My job helps me pay for my daughter's scholarship; this is very important to me.” Rycles also ensures the empowerment of his community. “I love what I do and that's why I contribute to making this business work. I am proud to be a part of a team that respects people and strives to give the best they can.” Knowing that his job is attached to a strong social mission inspires him every day. As a supporter and father, he also runs his own side business and hopes to own his own workshop one day. 


      Caring For Families

      Stories like that of Joseph Rycles are a fantastic reminder of our mission. Although there is much work to be done, we are able to take a moment to admire how we have come together as a global community and then prepare ourselves for the mountains we’ve yet to climb. Today, GOEX is honored to say that we are able to support over 100 workers at LIFE S.A. With your help, whether you’re ordering 1 or 24,000 GOEX garments, we can ensure that our people thrive with dignity. 

       


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      Four Reasons To Have Custom Family Tees For Your Vacation Or Reunion

      Four Reasons To Have Custom Family Tees For Your Vacation Or Reunion

      Family time is meant to be memorable. Mark the occasion with quality, custom tees. They're great for photo ops and you can relive the memories again and again. Not to mention your tees make a HUGE impact on people and the planet! 

       

      1.) Unique Customizable Memories

      Your family can have a personalized t-shirt that captures your family's aesthetic. Are you the sporty type? Is your family a group of artists or do-gooders? Say it proudly with a distinct design that becomes your family seal. Even if your family members each have a different favorite color we can create a design that can be screen-printed on a variety of colors, styles, or fabrics. 

       

      2.) Never Lose A Family Member In A Crowd

      Planning on being in a crowded, public venue? Don’t panic! Your custom tee will make it easy for your pack to stand out in the crowd. This can be incredibly helpful for young adventurers or that family member that marches to the beat of their own drum. 

       

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      3.) Comfortable AND Fun

      There are no restrictions on quality, family moments. Our super-soft tees are a fantastic addition to your wardrobe! Relive your memories with fabrics that last. Your custom family t-shirt will create conversation and take you on a fun trip down memory lane. 

       

      4.) Families Supporting Families

      Your family has the ability to change lives! With high quality, Fair Trade manufacturing you can be sure that what you wear makes a social impact. When you go with GOEX, you’re helping to sustain fair wage jobs that empower families in their communities AND help to heal the planet. Each GOEX garment is made with sustainable fabrics or recycled components helping to reduce the carbon footprint. 

       

      Shop Custom Tees

       Need custom tees for YOUR family reunion or vacation?   Mix and match colors, styles, and fabrics to bring out your   family's unique style. Check the reviews and email us   today!

      Adventure Ready Fair Trade Looks

      Adventure Ready Fair Trade Looks

      It’s that time of year to go explore! Ethically made with people and planet in mind, GOEX is here to provide you road trip worthy comfort with impact. Our fabrics are sourced right here in the U.S. and travels only 1,200 miles to Haiti to be sewn into shirts by skilled artisans who earn a fair wage. It’s a quality that’s better for our planet, better for the maker, and better for you. 

      Pack a bag and grab your keys. It’s time to hit the road with these Fair Trade adventure ready looks.

       

      Travel Light 

      Unisex Eco-Triblend Long Sleeve Hooded Tee

      When you're snug in the car, comfort is key. No tee will make you feel better than this super soft, eco-friendly triblend hoodie. Featuring the same fit as our best-selling long sleeve triblend tee but with the addition of a hood, drawcords and decorative top-stitching. Our Unisex Eco-Triblend Long Sleeve Hooded Tee breathes like a dream so no matter the weather you’re calm, cool, and collected. Plus, it looks terrific with a pair of thrifted or repurposed denim shorts.

       

      Designed For Detours

      Adventure Friendly Fair Trade Looks

      This look is perfect for pit stops and detours. Bring warm hues and style with a Unisex Eco-triblend Tee in our gorgeous fashion colors. Envoke comfort and confidence by pairing your tee with out GOEX Joggers. Our Joggers features flatlay pockets and adjustable drawstring. Complete this plush, adventurous look with a navy Heathered Rib Beanie. Ultra-stylish and super eco-friendly, our beanies really tie a Fair Trade look together. 

       

      The Scenic Route 

      Eco-friendly tanks

      Confidently explore your world in these breathable, super-soft tanks. Featuring a flattering neckline you can achieve a sporty, fitted look. Our exceptional rib tanks are not only fashionable, they are our MOST eco-friendly garments. 

      Dive in to rich colors like our wine Premium Cotton Rib Racerback Ladies Tank or make a statement with our Let’s Go Outside Unisex Tank. Match with our Unisex Eco Fleece Full Zip Hood to keep comfortable through campfire nights. 

       

      “I Know A Spot” 

      Hiking clothing

      Dress for the unexpected with sustainable looks built for performance and finesse. Our Ladies Weekender Hoodie ensures your comfort in mind, body, and spirit. The dreamy texture is designed to look great as outerwear in transitional temperatures. 

      Need a tee that plays just as hard as you do? Check out our Performance Polyester. Our only sport fabric, this 100% polyester is a light and is water wicking by nature keeping you cool and comfy. Available as a polo, long sleeve tee, or ¼ zip

       

      Ready to add some adventure you your wardrobe? 

      Shop our Memorial Day Weekend Sale May 27th - May 31st and save big. All short sleeve tees and tanks are buy one, get one 50% off. That's right! Save big on tanks (ladies, unisex, and dog tanks) and short sleeve tees including our popular graphic tees! No code necessary. Discounts will automatically be applied at check out. 



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