Infographic: Fast vs Ethical Fashion

When it comes to buying a fresh new t-shirt for the weekend – or any item of clothing for that matter – many don’t give a second thought as to how it arrived on the rail, and at what cost.

A new infographic by Shirtworks demonstrates the true cost of producing a typical t-shirt; from cotton farming to how local workers are treated and paid.

For example, did you know:

• There are roughly 40 million garment workers worldwide; most of which are earning less than $3 per day, with the majority earning less than 25% of the recommended living wage.

• Over 50% of non-organic cotton farmers do not have the correct safety clothing and equipment to protect themselves from harmful chemicals used to produce cotton in bulk. In Pakistan, 74% of female cotton workers suffer from partial pesticide poisoning.

• It takes 2,700 litres of water to produce a single t-shirt – that’s the equivalent of over 2 and a half years’ worth of drinking water for a single adult.

Clothing produced through ethical supply chains help to protect the local and wider environment, and offer dignified jobs for local garment workers, who are paid a fair wage and operate from safe, clean working conditions.

Take a look at the infographic below:

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MAKEoneGOOD Plant 20 Trees for Every T-Shirt Sold

MakeOneGood Tee

I love trees, and I like fashion, so I love the story behind MAKEoneGOOD. MAKEoneGOOD is a new brand, launched by two graduates. They wanted to create a business which provides a product people really want to buy, whilst making a positive difference to the world. The team describe it as

“a platform and brand that offers trendy and fashionable product to the general public, but at the same time, gives the possibility to every customer to MAKE even ONE small contribution for the greater GOOD.”

For every product sold, MAKEoneGOOD plant 20 trees through WeForest – a worldwide foundation that plants trees all over the world. They call it PLANTEES. They just sell t-shirts at the moment, but they are pretty bold t-shirts. This is certainly not an ethical brand that anyone could describe as hippie; rather, their designs are modern and colourful with an urban/street flavour.

The t-shirts are 100% made in UK by a technology called ‘sublimation printing’. The water-based ink is environmentally friendly and the designs themselves are in astonishing high resolution. This form of printing helps the bright colours remain intact after washing. The care labels are printed on the inside of the garment, to avoid those awkward labels. Finally, the packaging that they use is made from recycled paper.

The tees are unisex and feature everything from pop art to religious imagery. They sell for £49, but you can currently grab a bargain on their website with some t-shirts on sale at £36.99. These tees are the perfect gift because they have a story attached – something for the recipient and something to give back to the planet. Furthermore, because they are unfitted t-shirts it is easy to get someone the right size.

My favourite is the Flowers tee!

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Track my T

I’ve just discovered this cool website. Its meant for kids but I think its worth people of all ages looking. TrackmyT.com allows you to see the journey that your cotton t-shirt has come on. Users can type in a code from their Tshirt (made by Anvil Knitwear who designed the site) or they can track a random tee. Its a great approach to show young people where their clothes come from, I think its really important that they understand what a long process the supply chain is, and how many people are involved.

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