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      Impact — Feel good. Do Good.

      Kansas City, you're invited!

      Kansas City, you're invited!

      GOEX Apparel to celebrate Kansas City and becoming human again.  

      Join GOEX Apparel as we celebrate our Grand Re-Opening. GOEX Apparel opened its brick-and-mortar store in the midst of uncertainty and one year later we’re still going strong.

      We cordially invite you to our grand re-opening to celebrate how far we’ve come and to learn more about us. We’ll be hosting a formal ribbon cutting ceremony courtesy of The Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce, a live screenprint demonstration with a signature custom design that you can take home, raffles, and so much more. It’s also Missouri No Tax Weekend so stock up on our Fair Trade, sustainably made tees just in time for back to school. 

      GOEX Apparel Store

      When: Friday, August 6th 3:30pm

      Where: GOEX Apparel 3161 Wyandotte St, KCMO 64111

      Facebook Event Link: https://fb.me/e/FE9p5kKf

       

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      Shop Indie and Save

      Shop Indie and Save

      July is Independent Retailers Month. Independent Retailers 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

      To celebrate independent retailers and supportive customers like you, we’re putting our favorite summer colors on sale. Our cotton and triblend fashion colors are all buy one, get one half off. Use code shopindie at check out and save. Offer valid July 18th-24th.

       

      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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      Strong Ethical Voices

      Strong Ethical Voices

       

      We take pride in bringing you the latest insight into the worlds of sustainability and ethical fashion. There are so many outspoken, vibrant voices out there that truly resonate with us. Social media is a wonderful platform to learn, grow, and offer support. Here’s a few of our favorite voices to follow: 


      Ms Paula Presents 

      Ms Paula is a NYC mom of two with a deep commitment to fostering sustainable fashion encompassing vintage and thrift practices. She uses her channels to add voice to the pursuit of a transformation towards conscious consumption in fashion. She hopes to inspire more people to consider sustainable fashion choices and a sustainable lifestyle by providing accessible information. Her journey began with home products and has since evolved into a desire to seek, learn, and share. Subscribe to her blog and follow her on Instagram for style tips, inspiration, and knowledge.

       

      Ms Paula Presents


      Links: Website| Instagram


      Manpreet Kaur Kalra 

      Manpreet Kaur Kalra (she/her) is a social impact advisor, anti-racism educator, brand marketer, and activist working to decolonize ethical storytelling. She navigates the intersection of impact communication and sustainable global development. She collaborates with businesses to address inclusion in all aspects, from business development to marketing strategy. Her activism focuses on the interconnectivity of economic, social, and climate justice. She educates using a variety of mediums, including the Art of Citizenry Podcast, where she shares her nuanced and unfiltered insights on building a more just and equitable future. Her work unpacks history and addresses systemic power structures. She is a founding member of the Justice Equity Diversity and Inclusion Committee of the Fair Trade Federation and sits on the board of the NYC Fair Trade Coalition.

      Manpreet Kaur Kalra (she/her)

       

      Links: Website| Podcast | Instagram| Twitter



      Eco-Stylist 

      Garik Himebaugh is the founder of Eco-Stylist, the go-to marketplace for stylish and sustainable clothes. He got hooked on sustainable fashion after a chance meeting with the founder of an ethical brand, which then led him down a path of countless hours of research into how un-sustainable the fashion industry is. Garik emerged from all this research with a simple question: “can I put together stylish outfits with only sustainable brands?”

       

      Garik Himebaugh, the founder of Eco-Stylist

      Once he knew that he could, he wanted to help others dress like they give a damn—and Eco-Stylist (@yourecostylist) was born! Along this journey, Garik partnered with non-profit Remake to utilize their sustainable brand criteria to power Eco-Stylist’s brand research. He is excited to leverage this criteria in order to start conversations around what “sustainable” means, and as a vehicle to move brands towards greater and greater transparency.


      “I wear my values by supporting brands that are creating the future I want to live in: a world where all people are respected as if they were family, and all of the planet is regarded as if it were in our own backyard. At Eco-Stylist we help you do the same.”


      Links: Website | Instagram | Twitter | Personal Styling


      The Honest Consumer 

      Meet Emily -  an anxious creative advocating for fair fashion, social impact, mental health awareness, & conscious living. The Honest Consumer shares the stories of social enterprises, advocates for fair fashion, spreads the word about ethically made products, and empowers consumers. In response to the blog's growth, Emily launched Give A Damn Goods in 2018. Give a Damn Goods focuses on affordable goods that make a difference, while encouraging consumers to shop their values.

       

      Emily, The Honest Consumer

      Stay up to date on ethical fashion & conscious consumerism tips & tricks be sure to follow The Honest Consumer on social media.


      Links: Website | Instagram 


      The world of ethical, sustainable fashion is predicted to experience exponential growth through 2030. This is due to awareness and a desire for meaningful connections in our everyday lives. Manpreet, Emily, Paula, and Garik have worked tirelessly to influence the world towards a healthier world and we can’t thank them enough for their work. 


      Who are some of your favorite ethical voices to follow?



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      Build Back Fairer

      Build Back Fairer

      World Fair Trade Day is an inclusive worldwide celebration of fair trade’s contribution to the fight against poverty, exploitation and climate change. This year, it takes place on May 13. 

       

      Fair Trade matters in this moment more than ever. Why? 

       

      Fair Trade companies do everything they can to keep paying makers around the world whose governments don’t have safety nets in place to provide for them. The world is ailing due to inequality and environmental degradation. The pandemic has shown us that we can work together to flatten the contagion curves, support each other through hardships, and celebrate victories. We can channel that same energy to bring about transformations in our economies and trading practices for a fair and sustainable future.

       Fair Trade Federation Members

       

      Fair Trade companies focus on making the world a better place every day. Today, we celebrate these four specific focus areas: 

       

      PROTECT

      Fair Trade means a lot of things, to a lot of different people. But if we get down to the nitty gritty, it means “better”. Better standards, better treatment, better pay, better conditions, just better. Member’s of the Fair Trade Federation seek to do “better” as they follow principle #6: Support Safe and Empowering Working Conditions. We are committed to protecting livelihoods and ensuring every maker can meet their basic needs. 

      When you make the commitment to ensure that your workplace has an empowering environment you are doing more than running a business. You are nurturing a place of growth, sustainability, and progress. Those who work hard should always have the means to lift themselves up.

       

      RESTART

      In order to ensure that true advancement occurs, we must diversify the decision making panels. Our workers and customers contribute directly to our success. It’s not the numbers on a graph or projections in a report. It’s about making connections and doing the right thing. We don’t spend money on PR ads telling you how good we are. Instead we invite you to see for yourself. When you visit either facility, you’re encouraged to talk with employees and get a better understanding of how we support the people who make your clothes. Transparency is only one of the ways we seek to do better in everything we do. 

       

      RESOURCE

      We are doing our part to uphold the pillars of Fair Trade including “Cultivate Environmental Stewardship”. For us, this means not only using recycled components or fabrics but also joining in conversations about environmental justice and equality. 

      Environmental equity describes a society in which no single group or community faces disadvantages in dealing with environmental hazards, disasters, or pollution. It involves fair treatment from a region's authority and meaningful involvement with its constituents. It includes ethical practices that amplify better from seed to stitch

       

      REDESIGN

      Comfortable, sustainable apparel is wonderful and our mission is even better. The fact remains true: we’re a nonprofit organization. After costs to sustainably produce premium eco-friendly apparel and provide livable wage jobs, all GOEX profit — every bit of it — goes to fund projects set in motion by The Global Orphan ProjectThe Global Orphan Project exists to break the orphan cycle and one of the biggest contributors to the orphan cycle is poverty. That’s where we come in! We exist to create and sustain fair wage jobs that empower employees to care for their families. On average, one of our workers earning a fair wage supports six family members. GOEX exists to improve the lives of the workers and the communities we touch and one way we’re making good on that promise by providing fair wages to our workers in Kansas City and Haiti. Our profits go directly back to people. Our practices profit the planet. 


      The need for commerce to invest in people over profits has never been more clear. The World Fair Trade Organization says, “We cannot simply go back to the old normal. The old normal left millions behind and was destroying our planet. We have now/today the opportunity to reboot our economies so it is equitable and sustainable.Learn more about their #BuildBackFairer vision.  

      We exist to do good so the world can feel good. Thank you for choosing to care for others and our world through the power of your purchase. We are committed to every person who plays a role in producing your t-shirts, committed to the children and families who benefit from 100% of profit, and committed to providing you with complete transparency and a product you’re proud to wear. 

       

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      Happy International Women’s Day

      Happy International Women’s Day

      International Women’s Day is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity. Significant activity is witnessed worldwide as groups come together to celebrate women’s achievements or rally for women’s equality.

       

      As members of the Fair Trade Federation, GOEX advocates for women’s rights, equality, and gender justice. We celebrate women who create opportunities, overcome barriers, support communities, and set an example. “The day serves as a reminder both of how far we’ve come and how far we still have to go in creating true equality, especially in the developing world. It also reminds me of what employment really means to women around the world who work for GOEX as well as other fair trade or ethical brands. A job means freedom and opportunity – the work we do to support families, especially single moms, is critical,” says GOEX Executive Director, Jessica Ray. 

       

      Today, the women of GOEX are celebrating by reflecting on what it means to woman up and advocate for equality in the 21st century. For Product Manager Meghann Wheelock, the message of International Women’s Day is, “Recognition and celebration of the unique challenges women face in our day to day lives and the incredible things we have and can accomplish.” This celebration is also actively being passed on to the next generation. She plans to celebrate, “By reading my daughter’s favorite book “ABC What Can She Be” with her. It’s got some really great representation and inspiration for the future!”

       

      Market Advocate, Amber Solomon, believes that International Women’s Day is a day of inspiration and an encouraging reminder to keep going. “For me, completely dedicating a day to the trials and triumphs of women is a great reason to reflect AND to get inspired! It feels wonderful to think we’ve come this far and I am ready to empower those around me to go even further. There’s no limit to what we can achieve.” 

       

      International Women’s Day is about togetherness. It’s about feeling good and doing good.

       

      Here are ways you can celebrate with us:

      • Reflect on women’s equality and achievements
      • Fundraise for a local female focused nonprofit
      • Watch films directed by women
      • Call your mother/sister/aunt/friend
      • Say thank you

       

       

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