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A Beautiful Day For A Neighbor

By Amber Solomon, GOEX Market Advocate

 

 

March 20th is Fred Rogers’ birthday. Fred McFeely Rogers was an author, minister, producer, and host of one of the most proud yet simple American television shows, Mister Rogers. Mister Rogers, the man, changed not only American television but the way we approach children and learning. An advocate for humanity and kindness, he revolutionized how we process information and adhere to emotional needs. His influence impacts us daily. When you hear the iconic diddle of the bells you can’t help but sing, “..please won’t you be my neighbor.”

 

Portrait of American educator and television personality Fred Rogers of the television series "Mister Rogers' Neighborhood," circa 1980s. Photo by Fotos International/Courtesy of Getty Images

Photo by Fotos International/Courtesy of Getty Images

One way Mister Rogers has influenced GOEX is in the way he celebrates the integrity and dignity of all professions, from factory workers to astronauts, and his neighbors were effortlessly diverse. No check boxes to tick off, no quota to fill, only unchallenged goodness. To honor Fred Rogers and his incredible legacy, we celebrate Won’t You Be My Neighbor Day not just today but every day. We believe Commerce and Kindness can coexist. At GOEX we don’t aspire to be the best or preferred t-shirt company of the world. Our purpose is compassion – to be neighborly to everyone who touches a garment. 

 

How You Can Celebrate Won’t You Be My Neighbor Day: 

  • Wear your favorite sweater or cardigan
  • Speak softly to a neighbor
  • Listen to a friend
  • Practice patience even though it ‘s hard
  • Sing
  • Watch an episode of Mister Rogers or Daniel Tiger
  • Be mindful and appreciate everything
  • Talk to your family about managing emotions, prejudice, and acceptance

 

 

Remember kindness. Share your care. Feel good. Do good. Won’t you be our neighbor? 

 

 

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Happy International Women’s Day

By Amber Solomon, GOEX Market Advocate

 

 

 

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 at home and in the workplace. “I think a woman’s ability to make connections in the workplace is a huge asset. For me, being able to build balanced relationships in the workplace is something I pride myself on. Having a sense of respect and appreciation for my team members allows me to lead in a way that I admire,” says General Manager of Life S.A Haiti, Ariane Manuel. “I will celebrate by spreading awareness on what this day actually means and honoring our female team members for all of their hard work. It does not go unnoticed.”

 

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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Can You Spare A Rib?

By Amber Solomon, GOEX Market Advocate

 

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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A better shirt for a better world. | Fair Trade Month

 

October is Fair Trade Month which means it’s time to take a moment to think about what we’re buying, where it comes from and how it can affect the world around us. Read on to learn how when you purchase a GOEX tee, you are choosing a better shirt for a better world. 

 

Over two billion t-shirts are sold around the world each year. Whether it be for a sporting team, event or just for fun, we buy new t-shirts all the time, often without considering how they’re affecting the environment. After water usage, pesticide treatments and thousands of miles of travel, the apparel industry is one of the world’s biggest polluters.

 

This is exactly the problem that companies like GOEX seek to solve. We are proud to be an ethical company and a member of the Fair Trade Federation. In addition to creating fair wage jobs, providing safe working conditions and helping to break the orphan cycle, our clothing has many environmental benefits as well.
 

 

Saves Sea Life

 

In the production of typical apparel, many fabrics will be transported thousands of miles by ship, leaving oil residue in the ocean.This toxic oil kills sea life and leaves many entire habitats ruined. Because our fabrics are sourced right here in the US, shipped only 1,200 miles to Haiti to be sewn into shirts and shipped back to the U.S. for sale, we greatly reduce the amount of pollution in our production process.

 

Made from Recycled Material   

 

Not only are our fabrics made from U.S. grown cotton, but our triblends also contain recycled polyester. Each eco-triblend tee contains the equivalent of five recycled water bottles. Tags, buttons, zippers and drawcords are all made from recycled plastics as well.  Every time you wear one of our t-shirts,  you can feel good about it!

 

Reduces Future Waste 

 

With the growing trend of fast fashion, clothing is cheaply made and quickly ripped or thrown away. In fact, over fifteen million tons of used textiles are thrown away each year. GOEX shirts, however, are made from better high-quality fabrics, making them last much longer. Plus, because they’re t-shirts, they never go out of style! By producing well-made, long-lasting clothing, we seek to minimize apparel waste.

 

Each of these things are important to GOEX and part of the reason we choose to make our clothing ethically. Each of our two billion annual t-shirt purchases have an effect on the environment and people around the world, so let’s make it a positive one!

 

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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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