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Can You Spare A Rib?

We create styles from piles. 

One of our goals for 2021 is to continue to grow sustainability efforts. One way we’re doing this is with our collection of rib garments. Rib is the fabric around the neck of a t-shirt – it’s knit a little differently than the body of the tee to make it stretchy. As we produce t-shirts, we collect remnants of the rib trim fabric over time. In many factories, that scrap fabric would end up in landfills but not in ours. We’ve developed a collection of garments utilizing this remnant rib fabric – all of them are limited runs because they’re created from whatever we have on hand. Those created from triblend rib actually divert waste from landfills twice – first the plastic bottles used in the fabric and then the rib fabric again when we use the remnants – it doesn’t get more sustainable than that! 

 

Because rib is stretchier than jersey, it’s also more prone to shrinking. All rib garments should be washed on cold and hung or laid flat to dry.

 

 

Here are the garments currently available in rib.

Ladies Racerback Tanks in Premium Cotton & Standard Cotton

**Available for wholesale purchase only**

 

 

Ladies Rib Cardigans in Triblend

 

Ladies Rib Tees in Triblend and Premium Cotton

 

 

Coming soon! GOEX Beanies made from the heavier weight rib used on our fleece collection. Until then you can make your own from our remnant fabric. Download the pattern here. 

 

 

Our continued efforts to do good is what differentiates us from most apparel companies. Over the past decade, our core story has remained the same – we exist to create and sustain fair wage jobs that empower employees to care for their families and to make the planet a healthier place for the next generation. You have the ability to change lives through a simple purchase decision. Perhaps most importantly, your partnership sets an example in the marketplace that ethical commerce can affect systemic change through the dignity of work. When you choose a GOEX rib garment you’re diverting waste, creating fair wage jobs and you’ll look & feel great!

 

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Pop That Color

Wondering what’s new at GOEX and what staples you should be filling your closet with this spring? Our development team analyzed color trends, created new silhouettes and perfected our garment assortment. GOEX Product Manager and Trend Expert, Meghann Wheelock felt 2021 was a year for innovation and growth. “Spring ’21 for me was two faceted, the hope of new things and the somber reflection of the hardship of the past year. That translated into two separate color palettes, one very bright and full of life and one more muted and reflective.”

 

COLOR TRENDS

According to Pantone Color Institute experts, colors for Spring 2021 emphasize our desire for a range of color that inspires ingenuity and inventiveness – colors whose versatility transcend the seasons and allow for more freedom of choice – colors that lend themselves to original color statements and whose flexibility easily adapts to our new and more fragmented lifestyle.

 

“Offering a range of shades illustrative of nature, colors for Spring/Summer 2021 underscore our desire for flexible colors that work year-round. Infused with a genuine authenticity that continues to be increasingly important, colors for Spring/Summer 2021 combine a level of comfort and relaxation with sparks of energy that encourage and uplift our moods,” said Leatrice Eiseman, Executive Director of the Pantone Color Institute.

 

Pops of color 

 

Shades illustrative of nature coupled with new core classics come together to create a palette inspiring ingenuity and inventiveness. You can find many creativity inducing colors in our triblend tees. “The runways for spring had some really fun color combos with Bubblegum Pink and Grass Green being one of the most prominent. I think we will see Bubblegum as a big color trend even going forward into fall. The thing I liked about Grass was that it works with the bright color palatte, but it layers with the more muted palate as well. I’m really excited to pair our Grass cardigan with our Ivory and Navy tees from our neutral palate,” says Wheelock. 

 

 

 

Choice Neutrals

 

This season’s core hues offer versatility that transcends the seasons and allows for more freedom of choice. “For the muted palette, I wanted to refresh it by adding Rose,” says Wheelock. “This color is so versatile that it functions as a neutral (it’s really easy to layer, you can put almost any graphic on it, etc.) but it feels fresh and allows you to inject color into your wardrobe at the same time. I’m especially excited about this color in our ladies drop-hem tee. It’s super comfy and flattering and I will probably live in it all spring.” 

Embrace your versatility with our ladies drop hem tees, unisex cotton and triblend tees, ribbed tanks, polos, v-necks, and cardigans. 

 

Key color combos

Get uplifted by these key color combos. Embrace your originality by making a high-impact statement with your wardrobe choices this season. Like nature, you are colorful and adaptive. Appreciate yourself!

 

 

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Goin’ Green | Stayin’ Green

 

Sustainability is a growing trend in our everyday lives. This is great news for humanity and for the planet. Over the last decade, we have all made great strides to protect the world we inhabit and have become more aware that our actions have a huge impact. From rethinking how we shop to exploring alternative fuels, the human race is on an eco friendly roll. 

 

Going green can be challenging, though. Changing habits requires time, planning, education, and resources. In a world where instant results and cutting corners are the social norm, knowing who’s actually walking the green path can be tricky. Enter greenwashing. 

 

What is “greenwashing”?

Greenwashing is a term used to describe a form of marketing in which green values and green marketing are fraudulently used to persuade consumers that an organization’s products, aims and policies are environmentally conscious. It’s downright deceptive. It is the responsibility of an organization to foster an honest, healthy relationship with the consumer. By participating in greenwashing, an organization is acknowledging the values of consumers but takes no action towards embracing those values.  

Types of greenwashing:

  • Environmental Imagery – This is when an organization uses images such as leaves, animals, recycle icons, etc. on their packaging with little or no insight to the why or how.
  • Irrelevant/Exaggerated Claims and Misleading Labels – This is when an organization uses phrasing like “100% natural” or “contains no chemicals” when in reality these claims are self-created and self-declared. These products might not contain certain chemicals or manufactured a certain way because those chemicals or practices might actually be illegal making the claim immaterial. One of the biggest offenders is “Made from Recycled Materials” – many brands market products this way regardless of how small the percentage of recycled content. 
  • Hidden Trade Offs – This is where an organization claims that they’re being environmentally conscious but they are doing so by exploitative means. A company may be using 100% recycled products but are they recycling those products through sustainable means? 

How can organizations get away with this?

The truth of the matter is that monitoring truth and transparency in advertising is still an evolving matter. There are many groups worldwide that are beginning to encourage critical analysis of advertising practices. In the meantime, it’s up to us to keep our eyes open to what really is and what is just a superficial selling point. 

 

How to identify truly sustainable products?

  • Look beyond the label – really dig into how a product is made, what it’s made of, and at what cost.
  • Look for proof of green practices – can 3rd party nonprofits or advocacy groups (like the Fair Trade Federation) vouch for their efforts? Is the company completely transparent about how they conduct business? Do they answer your questions in a timely, direct manner?
  • Educate yourself – Know what sustainability means and know your values. Does the organization you’re supporting support your values and ethics?

 

How GOEX walks the walk

Being a sustainable enterprise is not something that you can scratch off of your to-do list. It’s a continued, conscious effort that requires constant introspection and full transparency. In 2020, we introduced buttons, labels, drawcords, twill tape and packaging made from recycled plastic. We also introduced a line of garments created from remnant fabric diverting waste from landfills – our ladies rib tee, rib tank and rib cardigan are all created from scrap fabric! In 2021, we added zippers to the assortment of components using recycled plastics. We will also continue to expand our assortment of garments made of eco-triblend fabric diverting even more plastic from landfills. We are also reusing boxes that originate in Haiti – be sure to look for a sticker indicating your box is on its second journey! We are proud to walk the walk and encourage you to hold us accountable. 

Our continued efforts to do good is what differentiates us from most apparel companies. Over the past decade, our core story has remained the same – we exist to create and sustain fair wage jobs that empower employees to care for their families and to make the planet a healthier place for the next generation. In short? Feel good. Do good.

 

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GOEX Virtual Shopping Event

 

Shop at home with GOEX

Celebrate a month of love with your favorite GOEX designs. Invite your pals and tune in as we showcase our favorite pieces, talk fair trade, and slow fashion LIVE on Instagram!

 

Saturday, February 13th we’ll be highlighting out favorite items as well as giving you a sneak peak at our spring line.

 

How to attend?

Follow us on Instagram and tune in on February 13th at 11am.

 

How do I shop?

You can view our highlighted items on our shop and it will take you to our website.

 

Will there be a discount offered to those who attend?

Yes! We are offering a surprise discount code at the event.

 

Why a virtual shopping event?

We want to be there for you. We want you to see what our great tees and hoodies look like on real human beings and answer your questions. Plus, it’s a great way to celebrate friendship.

 

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We’re Creating More Jobs

 

One of our 2021 goals is to create more jobs and we’re already doing so at our Kansas City office! We are currently hiring a Finance & Purchasing Manager AND a Screen Technician to help us reach our goals. Do you have a knack for problem solving, have a passion for fitting small details into a bigger picture, and value doing good? Apply on Indeed!

 

FINANCE & PURCHASING MANAGER

 

JOB SUMMARY: Position is responsible for the management of the financial, operational and reporting aspects of the Kansas City based GOEX and Haiti based Life SA businesses. Provides organizational leadership and direction in the areas of: expense control, accounting, purchasing, operations and fiscal budgeting.

 

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

Cash Flow Management:

  • Cash flow projections for all business segments
  • Credit management – establish customer credit limits & approvals
  • AR Collections – monitor receivables, credit limits and aging reports
  • Establish weekly payables schedule
  • Negotiate terms from vendors and suppliers
  • Accounting
  • Reconciliation and consolidation of inter-company / international accounts
  • Payroll management including sales commission calculations
  • Various month end duties to ensure financial accuracy and timely distribution monthly, quarterly, and annual financials

 

Financial Reporting

  • Financial statement preparation and analysis, ensuring statements are timely, accurate and GAAP compliant
  • Coordinate the provision of information to external auditors for the annual audit
  • Comply with local, state, and federal government reporting requirements and tax filings

 

Budgeting

 

  • Partner in annual fiscal budgeting process for domestic and international entities
  • Report accurate results vs established forecasts with monthly financial reports

Inventory Management

  • Handle purchasing of component materials including forecasting, cash flow and order submission
  • Ensure goods are processed and tracked accurately within the ERP
  • Coordinate and oversee annual inventory and cycle counts to maintain accurate records
  • Manage the order and invoicing processes checking for accuracy in inventory and in financial reporting

 

Dotted line responsibilities

 

  • Review integrations with finance software
  • Perform HR functions including benefits administration and pay scale reviews

KEY SUCCESS INDICATORS/ATTRIBUTES:

  • Familiarity with QuickBooks preferred
  • Experience in the corporate/for-profit accounting/finance sector preferred; retail or manufacturing history ideal
  • A desire to learn and grow with our company
  • Ability to multi-task, reaching into operational, technology and integrations within GOEX.
  • Strong attention to detail
  • Highly analytical and robust problem-solving skills
  • The ability to communicate effectively in written and oral communications
  • Diligent and able to complete tasks in a timely fashion
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and exhibits confidence in interacting with upper management and international colleagues
  • Maintains courteous, professional and effective relationships with associates at all levels of the organization
  • Able to adapt quickly to change and to function in a fast-paced, start-up environment
  • Possess strong time management and organizational skills
  • Commitment and adherence to GOEX mission and values

Experience:

  • Accounting: 3 years (Required)

Job Type: Full-time

 

 

SCREEN TECHNICIAN

 

JOB SUMMARY: Primary responsibility for efficient screen room production. Contribute to all screen print tasks and processes as needed.

 

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

 

  • Primarily responsible for post-press screen resets including pulling tape, reclaiming screens and cleaning squeegees
  • Maintain ink room cleanliness and organization
  • Review all films vs art proof checking for accuracy and communicating errors to the Screen Print Manager.
  • Burn screens and prep for print set-up. Ensure all screens are ready for scheduled jobs at least 48 hours in advance.
  • Assist press operators as directed by manager.
  • Assist in daily and weekly warehouse maintenance tasks.
  • Performs other job duties as assigned.

 

 

KEY SUCCESS INDICATORS/ATTRIBUTES:

 

  • Experience working in a screen print shop a plus.
  • Ability to work independently for most of the day.
  • Strong attention to detail.
  • Diligent and able to complete tasks in a timely fashion and with limited supervision.
  • Maintains courteous, professional and effective relationships with associates at all levels of the organization.
  • Acts in the best interest of the team, organization and vision versus self.
  • Is able to adapt quickly to change and is continuously looking for opportunities to improve efficiency and quality
  • Has a commitment to excellence.
  • Accepts responsibility for actions, projects, and results.
  • Asks questions when doesn’t know and can’t find the right answer.
  • Commitment and adherence to GOEX mission and values.

 

 

Job Type: Full-time

Pay: $13.00 – $15.00 per hour

 

WORKING AT GOEX

Benefits:

  • 401(k)
  • 401(k) matching
  • Dental insurance
  • Employee discount
  • Flexible schedule
  • Flexible spending account
  • Health insurance
  • Paid time off
  • Parental leave
  • Vision insurance

COVID-19 Precaution(s):

  • Remote interview process
  • Personal protective equipment provided or required
  • Social distancing guidelines in place
  • Virtual meetings
  • Sanitizing, disinfecting, or cleaning procedures in place

 

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Fundraise Like A Champion

 

Raising money for your cause can be overwhelming. There are so many options out there from candy and cookies to raffles and carwashes. GOEX can help! We’ve made fundraising and awareness easy with our custom fair trade tees. We are ready to help your cause succeed.

 

HOW TO FUNDRAISE WITH GOEX:

Select a blank tee, the artwork and set the price. We’ll provide a proof for approval and then send you a link to your fundraiser page.

 

Promote your fundraiser! Share your link with why you are raising funds and ask people to purchase your tee.

 

At the end of the event, we print and ship the tees and send you a check for your profits!

WHY FUNDRAISE WITH GOEX?

GOEX is nonprofit.

After costs to sustainably produce premium eco-friendly apparel and provide living wage jobs, all GOEX profit — every bit of it — goes to fund projects set in motion by The Global Orphan Project.

 

GOEX is committed to sustainability.

Each garment is sustainably made of USA fabric and sewn with extreme attention to detail. In 2020, we introduced buttons, labels, drawcords, twill tape and packaging made from recycled plastic. We also introduced a line of garments created from remnant fabric diverting waste from landfills – our ladies rib tee, rib tank and rib cardigan are all created from scrap fabric! In 2021, we added zippers to the assortment of components using recycled plastics. We will also continue to expand our assortment of garments made of eco-triblend fabric diverting more plastic from landfills. And we are reusing boxes that originate in Haiti! Be sure to look for a sticker indicating your box is on its second journey!

 

GOEX is a member of the Fair Trade Federation

GOEX exists to improve the lives of the workers and communities we touch. We are proud to say GOEX is one of the elite few who have passed the Fair Trade Federation’s (FTF) rigorous screening! We are dedicated to following the nine FTF principles established to maintain integrity. You can read more about the Fair Trade Federations nine principles here. 

 

GOEX is transparent.

We use a simple tee to connect the customer and the worker. Your GOEX purchase employs skilled apparel makers who cut and sew premium fabric at a manufacturing facility in Haiti. You support employees at our screen printing and distribution center in the heart of Kansas City. These jobs enable employees to care for their own families through dignified work and we have an open door policy. 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.

 

READY TO START FUNDRAISING?

Email us at cs@goex.org.

 

 

 

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Go Explore

 

Embrace your inner explorer from the comforts of home. 

 

You may not be able to go to many places right now but that doesn’t mean you have to put your sense of adventure on hold. Feed your need for travel with our Go Explore Tees. Each country represents a place where GO Project supports local communities caring for kids.

 

 

 

These best-selling tees feature a relaxed fit designed for comfort but with features that keep it stylish, including the heathered colors and topstitch at the collar. The eco-friendly fabric includes five recycled water bottles and is a slightly heavier weight than many triblends on the market, keeping this shirt looking great wash after wash. These tees are made from U.S. eco-friendly materials, cut and sewn in Haiti and designed and printed in Kansas City. Oh and did we mention, all of our workers are paid a fair-wage! Basically, this means they’re the best, comfiest tees on the market made at the highest standard!

 

   

 

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Give Yourself A Little TLC

 

What we wear says a lot of our personalities. That’s quite a job for a pair of jeans or a t-shirt. After a long day, we all need a little TLC. Your clothes are an extension of you. Give yourself a little self care this year! Not only will you reap the benefits but these small changes can impact the world. Here are some best practices for caring for your sustainable fashions. 

 

 

A Good Cleansing

Wash your clothes in cold water. Heat tends to shrink, damage, and fade clothing plus it takes a toll on the environment. This goes the same for your dryer. Favor air drying your clothes if you can or using a cooler setting. 

You know to separate dark and lighter fabrics, but did you know to separate heavy and light materials too? Heavymaterial will literally fight your delicates in the washer and dryer. Give your lighter, airier fabrics a fighting chance. This will also reduce the capacity in your washer. Stuffing your washer can restrict cleansing. When there is enough space your clothes will have optimized washing/rinsing cycles. 

 

Consider how much detergent you are using. Less is more. The cleansing process is caused by motion, water, and soap. It’s a team effort and you don’t need to overwhelm the other team members with products. Try using 40-70% of the recommended dose depending on your fashions’ needs. 

 

How often are you washing your fashions? Probably too much. Absorbent clothes like undergarments and exercise clothes should definitely be washed after every use. Your jeans, hoodies, sweaters, and dresses on the other hand have the power to withstand multiple wears without soiling. Trust your eyes and nose. If there is odor or discoloration, in the bin. Otherwise, hang it or nestle it safe and sound in the drawer. 

 

On The Mend 

Small tears? Hemlines coming undone? Loose button? No problem. You don’t need to be an award winning seamstress or even own a sewing machine for a quick fix. There are several quick and easy tutorials online that can show you how to easily repair your garments without breaking the bank or your brain. You’d be surprised what you can do with a needle, thread, and a little patience. 

 

Also, make friends with your local alteration service or green dry cleaner. They can provide easy to more complex repairs and can help extend the life of your garments. Plus, you’ll be supporting local business! Don’t know where to go? Ask around. Your friends and neighbors are reliable sources but your local theater groups might have a wardrobe manager with a few suggestions. 

 

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Hoodie Season Is Here

 

The ladies weekender hoodie has arrived and it’s giving us weekend vibes every day of the week!

 

This hoodie ensures your comfort in mind, body, and spirit. The dreamy texture is designed to look great as outerwear in transitional temperatures or layered up for hoodie season. The heathered, 7oz fleece is super soft with a weighted fit that feels like a hug. Its versatility suits your needs whether you’re working out, working from home, or spending the day curled up with a good book. No matter your goals, you know you look good while doing good. 

 

Remember, when you choose a GOEX hoodie, you get USA fabric, quality construction AND you sustain fair wage jobs that uplift families. Each GOEX garment is made of USA fabric and sewn in our boutique factory in Haiti with extreme attention to details, such as decorative stitching on seams and twill tape in the neckline. You deserve a better hoodie that helps make a better world. 

 

Available in navy, heather grey, charcoal, and olive

 

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5 New Year’s Resolutions We’re Making in 2021

 

‘Tis the season for new year’s resolutions, and we’re making a few of our own at GOEX. Read below for our top 5 resolutions we’re making in 2021. We hope these inspire you to make some positive changes and make 2021 your year!

 

1.  Connect our clients and makers in new ways.

We know our customers care deeply for the hands that make their clothes. We want all of you to feel invested in the difference you’re making in their lives. So, in 2021 look for more specific stories and for ongoing impact data on our employees and their families. We’ll also provide more opportunities for you to come alongside us in investing in programming. Hopefully, we’ll even be able to take some of you to Haiti with us in the second half of the year.  We hope you’re excited to learn more over the coming months!

 

2.  Continue to grow sustainability efforts.

In 2020, we introduced buttons, labels, drawcords, twill tape and packaging made from recycled plastic. We also introduced a line of garments created from remnant fabric diverting waste from landfills – our ladies rib tee, rib tank and rib cardigan are all created from scrap fabric! In 2021, we’ll add zippers to the assortment of components using recycled plastics. We will also continue to expand our assortment of garments made of eco-triblend fabric diverting more plastic from landfills. And we’ll begin reusing boxes that originate in Haiti – look for a sticker indicating your box is on its second journey!

 

3.  Sell more tees, create more jobs.

Ultimately our goal is to educate more consumers about ethical shopping choices resulting in more tee sales and more fair wage jobs in Haiti and the US. In 2020, we hired two additional full-time sales managers who are ready to serve our growing client base. Thank you to everyone who is already part of the GOEX family! We hope you’ll share our story in the new year and help spread the word about our super comfy, fair trade apparel. We can’t do this without you!!

 

4.  Practice hospitality.

We are SO excited about the store space we opened this fall and can’t wait to host you for a visit! Would you like to have a private shopping or printing event? Looking for a space for another event? As we begin to come out of the pandemic in the spring or summer, we would love to host you and your friends or colleagues!

 

5.  Be grateful!

Through the challenges of 2020, we have SO much to be thankful for!  We’ve made incredible new friends, continued to support our employees and introduced new products and initiatives that put us in a great place going into 2021. We are incredibly grateful for all of you for supporting us throughout 2020. Cheers to the new year!

 

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