I’m really not a huge graphic/message-tee person – I tend to stay more with solid colors and eschew patterns altogether. I know. Boring!!! But…that’s just what fits my age/lifestyle better and makes it easier to work pieces into my wardrobe.
That said, I’m certainly not opposed to said tees, especially if they’re more environmentally friendly and pass on an important message. Enter Tees for Change – “Sustainable Tees on a Mission”. I received the “Choose Happiness” tee to review recently, and I must say, cheesy as it may sound, I do try to choose to be happier when I wear it. (at least when I pass myself in the mirror and the tee subtly encourages me to!)
closeup of the tee:
This tee is made from 70% sustainable bamboo and 30% organic cotton, so it’s oh-so soft, and easy to wear. As I mentioned before, with my review of the Doie bamboo dress, bamboo drapes so nicely on the body, it’s always flattering in my opinion. This is also a little more lightweight than 100% bamboo, so it feels great in 90 degree heat. I prefer to wear it layered, for a more subtle look, but it’s perfect with just jeans, or a knee-length skirt.
Tees for Change has many other styles of tee, and messages like:
“Live Mindfully,” “Laugh Often,” “Practice Kindness,” “Seek Balance,” “Today Matters.” All the tees are fair trade and made under sweatshop-free conditions from 100% organic cotton in the United States or 70% bamboo/30% organic cotton in Turkey. The cotton is cultivated without the use of pesticides and chemical fertilizers, which is good for the environment and for the workers who grow and manufacture the shirts.
I also love the story of how/why Andrea started Tees for Change:
“Andreea Ayers started Tees For Change while pregnant with her first child in 2007. She and her husband desired to experience a home birth for their son, but they were often bombarded with negative and fearful responses from both friends and strangers. Andreea’s response was one that would ultimately shape and guide her business. She created a t-shirt for herself with the words “Be Courageous” printed across the front that she wore during the home delivery of her healthy son. In Spring 2007 Tees For Change was born out of Andreea’s ongoing commitment to living an eco-friendly lifestyle with a deep belief in positive thinking.”
This, dear visitors, is why I love to support independent businesses – there is meaning and purpose behind everything they do, which is what I try to achieve with my own life. “Live Mindfully” 🙂