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As Lay people, what if instead of being consumers, we were citizens?
Citizens who took ownership and utilized our unique gifts for the church
And the church was less like an institution and more like a home
A home where we know each other and we invite the outcast to the table
And the table was the place we’d come to with fervor because we knew
the reality of the Eucharist.
And the Eucharist would empower us
to work for justice
and to share the love of our Father
Then maybe the 'Our Father'
would be a prayer answered
because the earth would be
a lot more like it is in heaven
In collaboration with priests,
we’re called to be advocates, creators, visionaries,
problem-solvers, lovers, and saints.
You are the Church. I am the church.
The future is lay. The future is now.
Comfortable apparel with reminders for ourselves and for the world! ENJOY! See our new section below on Sustainability and Ethical Transparency.
ABOUT THIS TSHIRT
This t-shirt comes from Econscious Apparel. It is made from all-natural organic cotton that is grown and harvested without using any pesticides, synthetic fertilizers and other harmful chemicals. The cotton is ring-spun into high-quality yarns, ensuring an extra soft and durable fabric. It’s the perfect choice for people looking to invest in ethical clothing with a lower environmental impact.
- 100% certified organic ringspun cotton
- Fabric weight: 5.5 oz/yd² (186.5 g/m²)
- 1x1 rib neck
- Shoulder seam finished with self-fabric tape
- Sideseam construction
- Double-needle cover stitched seams
- Low environmental impact
- Blank product sourced from Mexico
Shipping Info: With the COVID pandemic please allow at least 10-14 days. Thank you for your patience.
A friendly note on shipping: All of our products are printed and created one by one. This model has allowed us to start a ministry and while we are growing we appreciate your patience with this model. Since everything you order is printed off as it's ordered the total production and shipping takes about 10 days. We know that's a long time but we're still a small organization run completely by volunteers. Profits are minimal but go right back into website hosting and marketing expenses. We hope that you understand! Thank you for your business and your continued support!
Return policy: No refunds. As of now we are unable to fulfill refunds. If you need more info on sizing, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org before purchase.
SUSTAINABILITY AND ETHICAL TRANSPARENCY
This tshirt comes from Econscious Apparel. There are many Apparel companies that have 1 or 2 "eco" tshirts but Econscious Apparel's entire line aims to meet some of the highest ethical standards for both workers and the environment. You'll notice that you do not see the Fair Trade certification up there and I wanted to be up front and transparent about that. Fair Trade is our goal--we are on the road but we are not there yet. On the other hand, this tshirt helps TLP to move the needle forward in our goal. Below you will find some of the research I have done on this tshirt and it's life cycle.
Econscious Apparel has 9 different factories and this specific tee goes through their factories in India and Mexico. The factory in India was a family owned business originally started in 1943. Located in the “knitwear capital of India”, they are at the forefront of implementing ecologically sustainable manufacturing systems.
This factory is certified to the Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS). GOTS is a holistic standard that addresses all aspects of handling organic cotton production and is generally considered to be the gold standard of organic cotton production standards because of its scope and detail. Section 3 addresses social components. For more information about GOTS.
It also holds WRAP certification. WRAP is an independent, objective, non-profit team of global social compliance experts dedicated to promoting safe, lawful, humane, and ethical manufacturing around the world through certification and education. WRAP’s primary focus is their certification program, which is the largest of its kind in the world mainly focused on the apparel, footwear, and sewn products sectors.
All dying is certified to Oeko-Tex Standard 100.
Located in the “knitwear capital of India”, they have the ability to source the softest Organic Cotton and are at the forefront of implementing ecologically sustainable manufacturing systems.
All of the knitting, dying and cutting is done in the USA, and the sewing and finishing is done in Mexico. As a true vertical manufacturer with their own in house knitting and cutting facility in California, the factories are able to tightly control their finished fabric quality.
The Mexico facility consists of 200 trained employees capable of producing approximately 350,000 premium tees a month.
The Road to Fair Trade: While these new tshirts are much more ethical and transparent than our previous line of clothes, it doesn't mean it's perfect and it doesn't mean any of us are off the hook. All of us are probably guilty of taking more from the earth than giving to it and all of us are probably guilty of purchasing items without thinking about the oppression and injustice behind the product.
While it's "better," we promise to keep prioritizing the earth and the human dignity of every person when it comes to our products.
The goal is fair trade. Until then, thank you for your support!!!
HOW TO CARE FOR YOUR CLOTHING
- Machine wash cold, inside-out, gentle cycle with mild detergent and similar colors. Use non-chlorine bleach, only when necessary. No fabric softeners.
- Tumble dry low, or hang-dry for longest life.
- Cool iron inside-out if necessary. Do not iron decoration.
- Do not dry clean.