If there’s one thing we’ve got sussed at Everpress, it’s where to go for the best blank T-shirts. We know it can sometimes feel like a mission comparing the pros and cons of different wholesale T-shirt offerings, especially if you’re after a more ethical pick, so we’ve pooled our collective knowledge to bring you the lowdown on some of the best blank T-shirt brands and suppliers around.
The best-selling T-shirt on Everpress to date and our tee of choice for our annual 50/50 campaign, Continental’s 100% combed cotton N03 is available in a rainbow of colours; from sunshine yellow to eggplant. Since 2006, the company has been a member of Fair Wear, which is working to improve practices in the textile industry, and their N03 is Fair Wear Foundation, as well as Global Organic Textile Standard and Global Recycle Standard certified. If you prefer your cotton organic, Contintental’s Earth Positive T-shirt is for you. Continental became the first brand in the world to calculate the carbon footprint of their products in 2008, and the Earth Positive tee carries a Climate Neutral label which means it has a low carbon footprint through production.
Bella + Canvas
Bella + Canvas are known for their premium Airlume cotton T-shirts, a trademarked fabric that’s made by meticulously combing out impurities. As with all their pieces, their Unisex Jersey T-shirt is dyed using seven times less water than the industry average with only eco-friendly dyes. They also run their sewing and cutting facilities by solar power. Beyond these eco-credentials, they insist that their side seam cut makes for a more flattering style than tubular T-shirts.
A firm Everpress favourite, the Stanley/Stella LEADS T-shirt is made from 100% organic ringspun cotton, as well as being Global Organic Textile Standard and Fair Wear Foundation certified. The brand’s vision of sustainability encompasses their entire supply and product chain. As well as being a member of the Fair Wear Foundation, they’ve built a solid reputation for championing ethical working conditions for their garments and textile makers.
Everlane use ethical factories to produce their T-shirts and are transparent about the cost of materials, labour, transportation and duties. They even allow customers to choose what they pay on some items – $24, $26 or $27? All of the information you could possibly want and need is on their website, from the height of the model to photographs of the factory in Ho Chi Minh City where the T-shirt is made. The impression is that this brand is walking the walk, as well as talking the talk.
Everybody.World’s Trash Tee is 100% recycled, made by collecting and processing waste fibres to create new T-shirts. Pretty cool, but at $39 they’re more expensive than your average T-shirt, so perhaps not a possibility for everyone.
Since 1992, Royal Apparel T-shirts have been made in the USA by a unionised workforce of skilled craftspeople. As well as their commitment to fair labour practices, the brand is focused on reducing its environmental impact, producing pieces made from organic fabrics and bamboo and hemp, and with an RPET line of tees made from recycled fabrics.
Always a hit with the lads in the office for their boxy, streetwear style, Russell T-shirts are a smart pick especially for people after an oversized fit. Though they’re made from certified organic combed cotton, as with the Gildan, we’d always advise shifting to a more ethically sourced tee where possible.
You can’t argue with the price of Gildan’s classic 100% cotton T-shirts, which are available in a selection of muted and more vibrant shades. Though the brand has had an undeniably poor history in terms of environmental standards and impact, they’ve recently been developing a policy which focuses on energy efficiency, awareness of the use of natural resources, minimising waste and the safe management of chemicals. While they can be a necessary choice for emerging brands, we’d always recommend that people shift to using more ethically sourced tees where possible.
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