GOEX is one of the best brands for fairly traded apparel basics. They have a casual, minimalist style that can be dressed up or down, which we love. You can even have a custom design made, which we did (see our Poppy Crop Tee and Poppy Tote Bag)! We especially feel good about carrying their products because of how invested they are in using sustainable materials. Their fabrics are made from recycled polyester, their buttons are made from recycled plastic, and their zippers from recycled ocean plastic. Even their packaging is recyclable and reusable. What’s more, the price you pay for a GOEX item ensures the makers, who live in both Kansas City and Haiti, have a reliable wage that can support themselves and, on average, six other family members.
As a member of the Fair Trade Federation, GOEX ensures that their business centers the nine principles of fair trade, which include providing reliable income, safe working conditions, and opportunities for career growth and development. GOEX is also a member of the Haiti Artisan Collective, a coalition of like minded groups dedicated to supporting the livelihoods of makers and artisans in Haiti. Thus far, the collective has helped strengthen the businesses of over 500 makers.