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Sweat-Free T-shirts


Why sweat-free?

There are many ways concerned Presbyterians can support our sisters and brothers in Christ who work hard on the production end of the garment chain. Since all of our actions — including our consumer purchases — reflect our faith and values, each purchase we make supports either the sweatshop industry or the growing number of innovative companies and cooperatives that abstain from sweatshop labor and have committed themselves to sweat-free values. Purchasing garments from responsible manufacturers, companies and cooperatives not only sends the message that we support their principles — it reflects our faith in a God and who promises that a better world is possible.

Sweat-free principles

The following are examples of sweat-free principles:

  • Workers receive a fair living wage and benefits.
  • Working conditions are just, including:
    • Freedom from excessive working hours and forced labor in all its forms.
    • Freedom from physical, sexual and emotional abuse.
    • Protection from workplace health and safety hazards.
  • Children are not subject to working conditions that jeopardize their physical, psychological, or intellectual development.
  • Women are neither discriminated against nor harassed.
  • All workers are free to organize and negotiate collective bargaining agreements.

Yadira Vallejos explains the process of making Sweat-Free T-shirts at the Nueva Vida Women’s Sewing Cooperative in Nicaragua. Photo by Melanie Hardison.

Presbyterian Hunger Program is thankful to many congregations and individuals who have embraced the practice of caring for others through the purchase and use of sweat-free t-shirts. While PHP is no longer selling the shirts, we continue to encourage you put your faith in action by purchasing in ways that uplift the dignity and livelihoods of those who produce your clothing.