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Re: producing, distributing, storing Debian t-shirts

On Mon, 2017-05-01 at 23:44 -0500, Gunnar Wolf wrote:
> Martin Steigerwald dijo [Mon, May 01, 2017 at 10:13:58PM +0200]:
> > > Make it fair-trade and printed by people with disabilities, like
> > > we did for DC15, and it was somewhere around $8. I'd still buy
> > > a shirt for $15 or so every now and then if it was a witty new
> > > design and a cut of the proceeds were donated to Debian.
> > 
> > I would not have any issue with paying an extra fee for fair-trade, organic T-
> > Shirt. That most are not at FLOSS events is a reason why I sometimes do not 
> > opt for a T-Shirt at all.
> > 
> > The very cheap approach of T-Shirt doesn´t go along well with any kind of 
> > idealism. Its very nice to hear in retrospect that the DC15 T-Shirts have been 
> > fair trade – I didn´t know that.
> Note that "fair trade" is a quite squishy notion. Speaking as a friend
> of the producer, I can assure you that the printing process of our
> usual Mexican dirt-cheap shirts are as fair-trade as they can be; I
> cannot assure the details for the fibers to be organic, and I won't
> claim the shirt maker themselves are overly idealistic, but the
> printing process itself is not a "sweat shop", but a small family
> business that struggles to survive _and_ help our movement, in which
> they believe.

It's not only the production of finished clothing that matters here
(though I'm glad to be reassured about this producer).  It is also
important to consider how the raw material is produced.  One major
cotton-producing country, Uzbekistan, relies on forced labour for
harvesting cotton.


Ben Hutchings
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