No Sweat

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I heard about a really great company called No Sweat Apparel on the radio today. Here’s their mission:

No Sweat

Sick of supporting sweat shops every time you buy clothes? Now you can fight back with every thread you buy. No Sweat Apparel has created the first casual clothing brand that actually fights sweatshops – by creating a viable union alternative that can and will transform the global garment industry. But only if concerned consumers support it. Come now and see how you can help us change the garment industry – just by changing your clothes! No sweat.

No Sweat Apparel:

They sell all kinds of apparel including non-Nike-made Converse-style sneakers and various styles of t-shirts.
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For those of you who buy blank t-shirts in bulk to silkscreen yourself or if you are looking to have shirts professionally screen-printed, they do this too. Their wholesale information is here:

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  1. susie says:

    if you poke around their site a little more, you’ll see that their clothes are still made outside of the u.s.a. (they hope that “longterm” 30% of the work will be done in the u.s.) — but this part i can’t find on the site anymore, but i’ve seen it on there before — the worker’s wage is $17/week! that may be a lot wherever they’re making these clothes, but it’s still FAR from fighting sweatshops. i’m staying loyal to american apparel, sweatshop free in 2003!

  2. susie says:

    here’s the info:
    it says (once you do the math) a starting laborer (their clothese are made in indonesia) gets paid around $14.94/week, and can make up to $28.22/week. what a promotion!

  3. Leah says:

    Yeah. I will say that I’m not an expert on this subject but I figure that we are inundated with choices for clothing made overseas and so this company’s specific support of “union-made” is a step in the right direction.

  4. ysolda says:

    just wanted to add that I’ve realised that I’m implying that the $72 monthly wage mentioned in the clean clothes case study is a reasonable living wage – certainly doesn’t seem to be if you read the article.

  5. k says:

    “However the reality is that most clothing and footwear is made in the developing world and that people in the developing world need these jobs, they are hardly going to be better off if everyone suddenly becomes a responsible consumer and makes the decision that the only way they can do that is to buy exclusively dometic made products.”


    i’m not condoning the gross-underpaying of workers in the developing world, but the fact is that $72 a month is a hell of a lot better than $0 a month. they might not be living like kings, but they’re surviving. they can probably afford to feed their family, and maybe have basic accomodation. remove all the apparel factories and they will be reduced to packing coffee, or shelling nuts, and they sure as hell won’t get $72 a month for that.

    something that does annoy me though, are the companies who claim their employees are getting a fair deal, when in reality they’re no better than any other clothing company.

  6. ysolda says:

    well if you read th report about the fila factory the owrkers have very few rights and abuse is rampant – no sweat actively encourages unions within the apparel industry and consequently is suppoting workers to help themselves – most of the west’s labour laws came about by unions and industry working together. it’s also not too bad logic – if ordinary people in a country earn enough to live on and support their families without having to work all hours, then those same people start to become consumers who can buy more stuff from the companies – boosting the economy. i don’t neccesarily agree with the western corporate model but it is in reality how life is in most of the owrld at the moment.

  7. Moira says:

    I am unhappy to hear that Converse is now owned by Nike. Damn, my old pair of suede one stars has worn out, and I was thinking that I would have to get a pair of canvas Converse sneakies instead. Now I certainly won’t.

    I think this company is a great start. I don’t think we will ever change that much of the manufacturing will be done overseas, because to most companies, cost is the bottom line. However, we can influence companies to treat their employees (even if they are unseen factory workers living overseas) like human beings. $72 a month is a ridiculous wage to live on in the United States, but $72 a month is a reasonable LIVING wage in many other countries. Different economies. And for the worker who receives the $72, to be working a regular 5 day a week, 40 hour job (for example) instead of 7 days a week, 100 hours a week with no benefits, security, or personal safety or dignity, for that very same wage, or much less, is definitely a step in the right direction.

  8. awning says:

    you guys should check out and in relation to those converse-looking style definitely have an alternative with the blackspot sneakers.

  9. Anonymous says:

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