Be the Change T-shirt
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Unisex cut made of lightweight organic cotton.
Produced by Syracuse Cultural Workers, who are committed to organic cotton and fair and equitable labor practices. All SCW-produced shirts fulfill those criteria.
Why Organically Grown: Conventionally grown cotton is considered the world's 'dirtiest' crop due to its heavy use of insecticides, pesticides, and synthetic fertilizers, all making the crop a health hazard to workers, and a major source of groundwater pollution. Some of these chemicals are among the most toxic classified by the US Environmental Protection Agency. In developing countries, where regulations are less stringent, the negative impacts are even more severe. Aldicarb, parathion, and methamidopho, three of the most acutely hazardous insecticides to human health as determined by the World Health Organization, rank in the top ten most commonly used in cotton production. All but one of the remaining seven most commonly used are classified as moderately to highly hazardous.
And Sweatshop Free: The US Department of Labor estimates that 60% of garments sold in the US are manufactured under conditions which violate one or more fair labor laws. Our domestically sewn shirts are made by companies that insure fair labor practices. When garments are made overseas we choose vendors who require documentation (and verification through inspection) that workplace conditions are safe, that workers are not harassed or abused, that all workers are treated with respect, and that products are never made with forced labor or child labor.