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      Made in Haiti

      Made in Haiti

       

      The story of GOEX Apparel began in 2010 in Gulu, Uganda with a woman named Lucy. Lucy had a sewing center, but no work. Our parent organization, The Global Orphan Project, sought to help by partnering with her on sewing school uniforms for children in her community. This work gave Lucy dignity, provided income for her family, and changed their stories from charity to empowerment. This event signaled an epiphany - that having a stable, fair-wage job helps keep families together and empowers them to succeed. Thus GOEX Apparel was formed. 


      Two years later, the incredible impact in Uganda caught the attention of GO Project’s partners in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. While Haiti’s “mountains beyond mountains” and rugged island beauty are breathtaking, poverty is a tangible force in the daily lives of most Haitians. Historical colonial exploitation, decades of ineffective government, and natural disasters are just a few contributing challenges in Haiti. Despite these struggles, the people of Haiti continue to show exemplary hope and a sense of community. The need was clear and we now had the partnership to begin to help lay the groundwork for a better way of LIFE.

       

      Made With LIFE

      LIFE S.A. Haiti

       

      Managed by Ariane Manuel, LIFE S. A. is a 24,000 square foot boutique apparel factory located in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. A life-giving alternative within the apparel industry, LIFE treats their skilled employees with respect and pays a fair wage that reinstates pride, dignity, and stability within their families. Daily wages at Life S.A. are 65% higher than the sector minimum. "We're basically breaking all of the rules in [the fashion] industry,” says Ariane. “Not only do we take pride in the garments that we produce, but we invest in the wellbeing of our employees. We are a family here. Everything we do, we do with pride and with a lot of talent. Our slogan 'Feel good. Do good.' really means something important. I think anybody would feel good to make a difference and to be a part of what we're trying to do." 

       

      Less than a 2-hour flight from Florida, Haiti is located on the Caribbean island of Hispaniola. This means that we are able to build sustainable, fair-wage jobs without severe consequences to the planet. Mega-factory shirts will typically travel 16,000 miles in their production journey — leaving toxic oil residue in the ocean. Our fabrics are sourced right here in the U.S., shipped to Haiti to be sewn into shirts, and shipped back to the U.S. for sale, leaving a total travel time of 3,200 miles and a much smaller carbon footprint.

       

      The Road So Far

      GO Project

       

      In 2012, we piloted the GOEX sustainability concept with a single product made in Haiti: GO Jammies. Over a sixty-day period, we sold nearly 5,000 units that supported 28 workers. Since then, we've expanded our garment line, made significant improvements to our shop and warehouses, and welcomed new team members. In 2021, GOEX achieved over $2 million in garment sales and supported 89 workers in Haiti and 21 in Kansas City. 

      When people have dignified work and fair-wage income, the world wins. You can send all of the funds and resources you want, but the sustainable solution is providing opportunity for those in need to care for themselves and for communities to have a strong foundation of support. GOEX exists to contribute to that solution. A better shirt for a better world. 

       

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      A Dignified Labor Day

      A Dignified Labor Day

      There is no such thing as a cheap product. Someone, somewhere ALWAYS pays the price. 


      The shirt you’re wearing right now went through many hands before it’s unboxed at a store. Garments are made through an assembly line process where one person is responsible for one process. For example, you have people designated for cutting fabric, people who sew sleeves, people who apply tags, and so on. Typically, garment workers are paid 2-6 cents per piece. This means that workers are not guaranteed a steady income, they also aren’t being compensated fairly for the work that they do. According to the Clean Clothes Campaign, an estimated 93% of brands do not pay their workers a living wage. 


      In addition to unethical manufacturing, cheap tees are designed to only last ten wears. Not ten years. Ten WEARS. That shirt then goes to landfill where it will stay for at least 200 years before finally decomposing. After considering this, are you truly saving money? By shifting our perspective in regard to our consumer habits we actually see that a $5 t-shirt is indeed a steal - the stealing of fair wages, dignity, safety, and the health of our planet. 

       

      Kansas City screenpriting facility and warehouse

       

      A Fair Price


      One of the biggest myths about ethically made products is that they’re expensive for the consumer. In reality, most fair trade products are competitively priced in relation to their conventional counterparts. Fair Trade Federation members (like us) work directly with producers, cutting out middlemen, so they can keep products affordable for consumers and return a greater percentage of the price to the producers. Our team has spent countless hours researching and participating in competitive shopping to make sure that our tees are fair to you AND our makers. 


      This Labor Day, remember that you have power in your purchase decisions. Behind every item you purchase there are living, breathing human beings. Just like you they wake up in the morning and go to work. They dream of providing for their families and yearn to be empowered in their communities. Just like the consumer, the maker has the right to a healthy work environment, a fair wage, and dignified work. 


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      Beyond The Tee

      Beyond The Tee

      Turning eighteen should be an exciting time in a young person’s life. But for youth involved in the U.S. child welfare system, it can mean aging out of care without a family, home, or the skills and support needed to prepare them for adulthood.

      At GOEX, we firmly believe that family is critical to ensuring that children and youth have the best chance for a healthy, happy future. Through the jobs created by our Fair Trade apparel and artisan enterprise, parents gain sustainable, dignified, and fair-wage employment that empowers them to care for their family.

       

      Beyond The Tee

      As many of you know, we exist to bridge the gap between community and commerce. Through job creation, we can strengthen families and empower communities. GOEX is an integrated apparel and artisan enterprise designed to (a) create fair wage jobs to break the orphan cycle, and (b) generate profits to care for children.  

      We allocate our profits into other family-strengthening initiatives of our parent company, The Global Orphan Project. One initiative that GOEX supports in particular is the Transition Academy. This two-year life skills and vocational-technical program equips teenagers who are aging out of care with the skills they need to become independent, thriving adults.

      We are just one of many wonderful organizations that are dedicated to making a positive impact in the lives of transition-age youth. As a way to encourage and celebrate the excellent work that others are doing to support, empower, and advocate for these young people, GOEX is proudly offering a grant of up to $10,000 in the form of funding and/or credit towards GOEX products and services. 

       

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      Grant Information

      Important Dates:

    • Application available: July 15, 2022
    • Application deadline: August 31, 2022
    • Recipient announced: September 30, 2022
    • Grant Amount:
      • Up to $10,000 awarded to one recipient per grant cycle
        • Recipient may collect grant in the form of funding and/or credit towards GOEX Apparel products and screen-printing services up to a combined total of $10,000.

      For more information or to apply visit goproject.org/goex-grant.

       

      Transition Academy

       

      Feel Good. Do Good. 

      GOEX Apparel encourages the excellent work of organizations who support, empower, and advocate for young people as they make the transition into adulthood. If your organization engages in creating positive outcomes for youth, either through vocational and job training, financial literacy education, skill building, coaching and mentorship, or other related services, we invite you to apply for a grant from GOEX.

       

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      Four Back To School Looks Ensure The Rights of Children

      Four Back To School Looks Ensure The Rights of Children

      Are you ready for the fresh smell of new crayons, making new friends on the bus, and fun at recess? At GOEX, we are fully stocked for a new school year. Here’s a few of our favorite “Feel Good. Do Good.” back to school looks that will make your child smile AND create a huge impact for a bright new year. 

       

      Made For Play 

      Made For Play

      Our best selling eco-triblend tee isn’t just for grown ups! Let the world hear your roar in Amber styled with an animal print headband and thrifted denim jacket. 

       

      No Space For Waste

      Kids Graphic Tees

      Science rules. Designed for STEAM trailblazers our No Space For Waste tee has limitless possibilities. Experiment with colors and layers all year long as this tee boldly goes where no tee has gone before. 

       

      Keep It Simple

      School Appropriate Crop Tees

      Make a simple statement this year in our Feel Good. Do Good. crop tee. Our cropped tees are cut a little longer and look great on everyone. Your teen can cultivate a world of good with a simple, Fair Trade tee.

       

      Classic Swagger

      Plain white tee

      There’s a reason why the plain white tee paired with a class denim never goes out of style. It’s a classic look that has rocked the hallways for nearly a century. Whether you opt for eco-triblend or cotton, this tee is perfect for the fashion forward kid.

       

      New Year. New Purpose. 

      When you send your child to school in Fair Trade, you are contributing to the empowerment of families. You’re cultivating a world where children have the right to security, education, and play. As members of the Fair Trade Federation, we are dedicated to the elimination of child labor. As your child gets dressed for a bright new school year, know that somewhere in the world another is doing the same because of your purchase. Shopping Fair Trade strengthens families, ensures the safety of children, and sets the groundwork for a better tomorrow.

       

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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

      Woman overlooking scenery

      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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