Mike Korman (founder of Humanitees) says:
"Every time you make a consumer decision on what to buy you are voting. You are voting for the way you want the world to look. That is the power that we all have as consumers. Humanitees is about conscious consumerism, it's about asking questions such as, "Where does this product come from and how was it made?"
Humanitees made with Certified Organic Cotton
Cotton has a variety of uses but is mainly used to create clothes. There are a number of issues associated with non-organic cotton; the chemicals used in farming, water used in the process, and genetic modification, can cause a detrimental effect on the environment, and the farmer.
Founders Mike and Steve travelled to India to visit the cotton fields of Orissa, India, where certified organic cotton is sourced to make Humantiees:
"Our mission was to learn as much as we could about organically grown cotton in the short time we were there. More importantly, however, we were there to learn about the people who grew the cotton, harvested it, and transformed it into our lovely Humanitees and furthermore find a way we could use Humanitees to support their communities by investing in local projects." Humanitees blog
Humanitees are Certified Fairtrade
Humanitees t-shirts are produced in Rajlakshmi, one of the few Fairtrade certified factories in India, regularly audited not just by the Fairtrade organisation but by a variety of organic textile bodies.
Humantiees support Grassroots Projects and Charitable Causes
Humanitees directors Mike and Steve made an initial contribution of $500 to plant vegetable and fruit gardens in remote village schools in the communities associated with the cotton fields producing organic material for Humanitees.
There is also a project to purchase cows for the farmers, an essential part of the farming process. The cow assists in every stage of production. They take the role of the tractor in working the land, their solid waste is the core ingredient in organic fertiliser and their urine forms the basis of an organic pesticide.
For every Humanitee purchased $1 goes directly to this project.
Humanitees also supports Kiva. For every Humanitee sold, $1 is donated to Kiva. This money goes to support those in the developing world who are trying to exit the cycle of poverty through creating their own business.
Humanitees initiates Carbon Offsetting
The shipment of tees from India to Australia is offset by supporting renewable energy projects in India. Humanitees are contributing to the BHL Biogas generation project in Uttar Pradesh.
"We understand that extracting cotton from this crop, creating tshirts from it and then delivering these around the globe has an impact on nature and the world we live in." HumaniteesHumanitees are delivered in Environmentally Friendly Packaging
Humanitees are delivered in post-consumer recycled brown paper packaging (using local paper manufacturer Ecocern), and print all of their marketing material on recycled paper.
There are eight Humanitees to choose from, each with an individual message supporting love, happiness, laughter, friendship and peace, or an additional simple tee for those that choose a subtle approach to promote conscious living and conscious consumerism.
:: Hugs ::
:: Ice Cream ::
:: Last Time ::
:: Simple ::
:: Smiley ::
:: Strangers ::
Mr Recycled and I have each have a Humanitee, Mr Recycled chose the "Smiley", and I chose "Last Time", we love our tees!
Mr, Mrs and Junior Recycled's Humanitees!
Humanitees Strong Focus on Giving
Without a doubt, Humanitees strong focus lies on giving; giving back to the environment and giving back to others, and giving laughter, friendship and hapiness through tee messages.
Humanitees are extending their love by generously giving away two Humanitees t-shirts to one Recycled Fashion reader.
To enter the competition, we would ask that you answer the question:
"If you could give a Humanitee to someone who would it be and why?"
The 'best' answer will receive a free t-shirt for themselves and a free t-shirt for this person that they've mentioned in their answer.
- Humanitees is all about sharing and giving, therefore we would ask that you 'like' Humanitees on facebook and share on twitter if you have an account, share the contest with your friends to spread the love.
- Humanitees have requested to post the lucky winner's answer on Humanitees facebook timeline, as well as request a photograph of the winner with their happy recipient.
- Whilst this competition is open to a worldwide audience, if the winner is based outside of Australia, there will be a fee associated with postage.
- the review and opinion provided in this blog post is unbiased and unpaid.
The competition will remain open for two weeks, closing on 10 July 2013.
:: UPDATE 10 July - Contest finished, winner (Mezzy) has been contacted ::