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Hi,

I am interested in putting my designs on organic t-shirt. Do you guys have any ideas where can I buy them in bulk? I know AA has their own line of organic tee, but the color avaiable is only white.

Also, how much will a plain organic t-shirt cost? around 9 dollars?

Thanks in advance

Mag
 

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Most of the regulars don't, but there are some people here who do. I'm pretty sure there are at least two companies, who occasionally post on the forums, that specialise in organic cotton t-shirts (mostly with imprinted logos or eco-friendly messages).

It's not a big thing here, so it may take longer than two days to get a response unfortunately, but there are some people.

Speaking for myself, I'd love it if the major companies started using organic cotton (the cotton industry concerns me greatly), but I'm not particularly interested in dealing with small startups who haven't got their sh*t together yet. Once I really have my sh*t together I'll look into getting blanks made under more favourable conditions, but for now that's a pipedream.

The fact is that cotton, organic or not, is not an eco-friendly plant. Organic beats pesticide doused, but it's all really bad.
 

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Thanks Solmu,

Yea, it's quite hard to use organic tee right now even I really want to. Price, quality and availability are all the factors. But I still want to see if I can make it.

Well, at this stage, it's still researching.
 

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Hi mag_gate

Sorry I hadn't seen your post before - it's been a bit hectic these last few days and I haven't had much time to prowl the forums!

When I was setting up my own business in the UK, I came across a few US resources which I look into when I have big orders. The most friendly of these is the Nueva Vida Women's Cooperative, who can be found at:
http://www.fairtradezone.jhc-cdca.org/

They produce clothes for Maggie's Organics aswell and these are known to be quality goods. The Cooperative also offers screen printing services.

I'll keep an eye on this thread, any more questions, I'll do my best to answer them!

- Annie
 

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Thanks, I check out the website already. It seems they are only providing organic tee in natural color. I want my tee to be print on more color eg red, blue, green.

I notice that your company do silkscreen organic tee as well? I already send an enquire.

Thing is I am in asia, I wonder the cost and danger in ordering over sea...
 

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We currently use organic cotton for all of our tees. We manufacture them on our own, so I have no experience printing on AA tees, but organic cotton is the way to go. Not only is the quality of the tee better than conventionally grown cotton, it has much less of an impact on the environment. I would love to see this forum promote organic products more often. As a friend of mine in the outdoor industry says his mission is to: build a sustainable company by simultaneously looking after People, the Planet, and Profits. I'm glad I found this post.
 

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Just saw a documentary of the cotton industry in India and it made me sick. Farmers get credit from the companies selling chemicals against the bugs, but get no education of how to use it. So they get sick, the women refining the cotton get sick and some of the chemicals stay in the cotton. The people working with bleaching wandering around in chemicals. Everyone showing signs of poisoning.
Also about 700 hundred endebted farmers had comitted suicide by drinking the chemicals that didn't work, I think it was only this year.
Anyone of the fulfillment services that offer organic cotton?
 

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I use Continental Organics and they are super soft. Their prices are not bad, try to get samples.Oh and they have about 6 colors eggplant(deep purple),chocolate,royal blue,green,black,red( very bright):D
 

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I have received organic samples from several vendors. The SOS from texas that someone posted previously was not what i was looking for. Its a very "coarse" shirt with a bulky collar and loose fit in general. Organic Apparel has a pretty soft shirt and offers a decent variety of colors but the shirts are kind of loose and short. We decided to use Royal Apparel... they don't have very many colors but the fit is almost exactly like American Apparel. In fact they said the pattern is only 1/2" off. I'm pretty sure all of these companies sent us fabric swatches for free so just drop them a line. American Apparel has very nice organic shirts as well but like you said they don't have the color options. Ultimately it depends on the style of shirt and color choices you are after.

I think eventually we will end up just buying white blanks off of either American Apparel or Organic Apparel and having them custom dyed.
 

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Organic cotton is a vast improvement over normally cultivated cotton but there are other choices. You should keep in mind that Tee's made with bamboo or hemp, blended with organic cotton are also available. Using these more ECO-friendly fabrics will help grow the industry and eventually make them more available.
 

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Hey mag-gate,
Totally have to agree with Webby. Go Organic! Don't give up trying to find organic blank tee shirts. Where are you located in Asia? India is producing some of the most beautiful soft organic cotton fabrics and tee shirts. Good luck.
 
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