Global sweatshops are a problem.  There are countless consumers who are unaware of the conditions that adults and children deal with as workers in these sweatshops.  Is it worth it to pay less on our end as consumers, when we could pay a little more in order to receive garments that are made by fairly treated and paid workers?   What can we do as students to ensure that we support this fair trade garment industry rather than those who come from extreme and harsh conditions?

We can ensure that the clothing we sell at the Naropa book store are fairtrade clothing companies (aka Jim Morris)

We can inform and educate the student, staff and faculty populace about the reality of where many of our clothes here in the United States comes from

We can network here on the web with links and sites that give information and links to ACT NOW and start making the problem of sweatshops be eliminated.



for info on the list of companies that we should STOP SUPPORTING

According to the above site:

“For 2008, the official inductees of the Sweatshop Hall of Shame are: American Eagle, Carrefour, Cintas, Dickies, Disney, Guess, Hanes, New Era, Speedo, Tommy Hilfiger, Toys “R” Us, and Wal-Mart.”

Check out the link for more info and how to help…



  1. November 9, 2009 at 2:36 pm

    see jim morris t shirts they are local! good to employees – organic cotton – check them out!

  2. Chirstina said,

    November 15, 2009 at 7:51 pm

    Companies To Support

    Clothing made from bamboo. Includes baby products and women’s and men’s tops and bottoms. The bamboo used is planted and grown on family-owned farms and does not come from tropical forests.

    Certified Jeans
    Jeans made from organic/transitional cotton in the U.S.A. under US labor laws.

    Organically grown cotton apparel. Includes women’s, men’s and yoga/tai chi clothing.

    Vegan owned company that sells fair labor, vegan and environmentally friendly products. The name Downbound signifies an ideological movement down the corporate ladder, down the food chain and down to earth. Products include children’s, men’s and women’s clothing.

    Element EcoWear
    An eco-store that sells clothing from suppliers who guarantee certified fair trade practices. They also offer more than 300 graphics on earth friendly, fair-trade t-shirts. A part of their proceeds go to charities.

    Esperanza Threads
    The company’s goal is to provide jobs with fair wages in a women’s cooperative. They offer organic clothing, apparel and goods for men, woman and children, including t-shirts, blouses, camisoles, dresses, cloth belts, sweats, robes and jackets.

    Ethix Merch
    Wholesale union made in the U.S.A. baseball hats, t-shirts and sweatshirts. They only do business with companies where workers hold non-revocable rights to union representation or ownership of their enterprise.
    Vegan owned company selling clothing made of environmentally sensitive fabrics and dyes. Includes tops, tees, sweaters, pants, skirts and dresses.

    Fashion & Earth
    Organic and fair trade apparel. Includes tops, bottoms, skirts, dresses and jackets. 5% of the profits go to help the Earth.
    Vegan owned company selling tees, active wear and underwear for women and kids with messages expressing compassion for animals. The company assured me that “Yes, my shirts are produced using fair trade labor.”.

    Garuda International
    Eco-friendly, fairly traded merchandise. Includes skirts, vests, sweaters, hats, camisoles and pants.

    Go Natural Baby
    Organic cotton children’s clothing using fair trade practices.

    Fairly traded, environmentally friendly products. Includes pants, shorts, sweatshirts, shirts, baby and toddler clothing, socks, hats and yoga clothes.

    Green Babies
    Organic cotton clothes and bedding for babies and small children, includes rompers, dresses, shirts, pants, sheets and blankets. This company assured me that “All our products are made in the US with fair wage labor”

    An organic cotton, fair-trade tee-shirt company. Includes shirts for men, women, kids, infants and large sizes. The name HAE NOW stands for Humans, Animals & Environment… NOW!

    Bourgeois Bohème
    Shoes and accessories that are compassionate to animals as well as being ethically sourced and sustainable for the environment. They are based in Richmond, U.K. and deliver all over the world.

    Dank Forest
    Boots, house slippers and huaraches made from 100% organically grown Transylvanian Hemp.

    Drop Soul Organics
    Vegan owned company selling sweatshop-free, eco-friendly, vegan products. Includes hemp shoes, sneakers, boots, slides, sandals and clogs for both men and women.

    Vegan footwear. Includes pumps, heels, flats, ballerinas and boots.
    They work together with suppliers and factories in Spain, Italy and Portugal where European laws and regulations apply. They “guarantee that our shoes are sweat-shop free”. Georgette is based in Antwerp, Belgium and deliver all over the world.

    Vegan company selling sweatshop-free children’s shoes. All shoes are made with organic, natural and recycled components.

    Vegan-owned business that sells an assortment of cruelty-free footwear and accessories.

    No Sweat Store
    Vegan, sweatshop-free sneaker for both men and women. Click here to read more about this company’s fair trade policies.

    Vegan shoes made with durable, breathable microfibers. Dress, casual, athletic shoes. Sandals, slippers, boots.

    Raw Organic Unique
    Vegan hemp, sweatshop-free footwear.

    Vegan Essentials
    Vegan shoes. Includes athletic shoes, clogs, boots, dress shoes and sandals. This company assured me that “We’re still very cautious about who we work with as we do not want to sell any sweatshop-made footwear in our shop”. If you need information about a specific product, then please contact this company.

    Vegan Karma
    Vegan, sweatshop-free shoes. Includes children’s shoes, men’s and women’s footwear. You can read a statement about this company’s fair trade and environmental commitment at this link. The company assured me that “all of our clothing and shoes are fair trade”.

    The Vegetarian Site
    Sweatshop-free vegan shoes, belts, bags, wallets, and much more. This company assured me that “We are devoting a considerable amount of time to making sure that the products we sell are sweatshop-free. This is an important issue to us”. If you need information about a specific product, then please contact this company.

  3. Chirstina said,

    November 15, 2009 at 7:56 pm

    Companies Not to support

    These companies use sweatshops

    Calvin Klein
    American Eagle
    Ann Taylor
    Bugle Boy
    JC Penny
    Pier 1 Imports
    Ralph Lauren
    Tommy Hilfiger
    Old Navy
    Phillips-Van Heusen
    Liz Caliborne
    Abercrombie and Fitch

  4. Paul Roberts said,

    December 7, 2009 at 1:07 am

    I found this really nice website that produces Fairtrade clothing, jewelry, chocolate, vegan and recycled products.

  5. Paul Roberts said,

    December 7, 2009 at 1:51 am has a great section on the Sweatfree Movement. This campaign has brought national attention to the Practices of Wal-Mart, Gap, Nike, Levi’s and the poor working condtions, low pay, and lack of rights of the worker in the factories all over the world who make their products.
    Another movement against sweatshops- Sweatfree Communties was started in 2003 in Maine, Minnesota, New York, Wisconsin and other states by communities who “had been working separately on local campaigns to convince school districts, cities, states, and other institutional purchasers to adopt “sweatfree” purchasing policies and stop tax dollars from subsidizing sweatshops and abusive child labor.”

  6. Sherri Szippl said,

    January 8, 2010 at 10:53 am

    Naropa University is now caring shirts and hoodies that are made here. Please support it!!

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