Rockford Art Deli has recently announced that they will be printing all of their designs on Allmade. To learn more about Allmade and Rockford Art Deli's partnership, check out the article below written by the Rockford Buzz.
"How do you create change? You instill a sense of pride within a community. With Rockford, that has taken shape in the form of Rockford-centric apparel. How many times have you walked around town and seen an 815 shirt? You see those and know exactly what they mean and exactly where they came from.
In 2011, Jarrod Hennis and Britney Lindgren of Rockford Art Deli debuted their designs and they’ve since taken over the closets of proud Rockfordians. They’re always looking for ways to make an impact on our community, but their current endeavor has surpassed the county and state lines.
The couple has teamed up with 10 other businesses across the country to start a brand new t-shirt manufacturing company called Allmade that strives to make a better t-shirt. Starting now, Rockford Art Deli will begin printing all of their designs on this brand new product and encouraging their commercial customers to do the same–But just what do they mean by better?
Think about the standard t-shirt. Two billion t-shirts are made every year in the world, using fibers like industrial cotton, which is often grown in regions with minimal regulations–directly exposing workers and the environment to deadly pesticides and herbicides that are outlawed in the U.S. These materials are then transported across the globe using bunker fuel, a heavy oil residue so toxic most countries won’t let ships using it within 200 miles of shore, then spun into yarn, knitted into fabric, and sewn into garments by workers, often in sweatshop conditions, for a wage that does not allow them to meet even their most basic needs. In countries like Haiti this translates to an increase in orphans, many of whom’s parents were forced to give them up because they couldn’t afford to care for them.
The 10 founding national partners of Allmade, including Hennis and Lindgren, took a look at all of these startling statistics and devised a plan to disrupt the t-shirt industry as it exists today creating a shirt made from raw materials. The Allmade tri-blend shirts are made from organic US-grown cotton, recycled polyester, and TENCEL™ Modal. These three fibers not only produce a luxuriously soft shirt, but are better for the environment as well. Every tri-blend shirt contains the equivalent of 6 plastic water bottles. In addition to the direct impact to the environment, most materials are sourced right here in the US, shipped to Haiti (just 500 miles from Miami) to be sewn into shirts, and shipped back to the US for sale reducing the carbon footprint.
It doesn’t end there. Allmade has partnered with the Global Orphan Project to produce great quality shirts, while fighting generational poverty in Haiti. LIFE, the Haitian facility where Allmade shirts are produced, pays workers 3-4x the going rate for similar jobs in the area, an amount carefully calculated to meet the basic needs of a Haitian household. 100% of LIFE's profits are dedicated to programs that support orphans.
The bold step to manufacture this way is making waves throughout the clothing industry, garnishing even the attention of Conan O’Brien who stopped into the LIFE manufacturing facility in Haiti last time the Allmade team was there in January 2018.
While visiting Haiti, Hennis was able to see the impact of his investment into Allmade first-hand. Jarrod said, “Our mission to become sustainable & eco friendly was always a passion for Rockford Art Deli, so when we were approached to join Allmade as a founder, the answer was an easy “YES.” We are constantly working to make our shop better for our employees & the community so the idea that we could see a shirt change the lives of others made the decision even more exciting. We really are in this to Make It Better and are excited about the opportunities we have to grow within Rockford & across the nation, all while providing living wage jobs, a sustainable future & a longer lasting garment.”"