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69 Socially Conscious T-Shirts

From Earthquake Relief Fashion to Recycled Awareness Apparel

— August 29, 2013 — Business
This collection of socially conscious t-shirts reflects the movement in social business to create apparel that has more meaning than a regular graphic tee. Many tops are meant to raise awareness or funds for a particular cause or relief effort, such as youth voting, animal conservation, earthquakes and other devastating natural disasters. For others a portion of proceeds go directly to that cause, such as providing research funds. Another approach is one-for-one campaigns, where for every t-shirt purchased the social business donates a tee to a person who wouldn't otherwise have access, like the poor or people in developing countries.

However, the effectiveness of socially conscious t-shirts is debatable. While it is admirable to support a social enterprise rather than a consumerist brand, how much good are these t-shirts doing? With a one-for-one campaign, for example, people in developing needs don't have access to basic needs like clean water, and a tee is the least of their issues.
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Secondhand Social Change
Secondhand Social Change
Project Repat Sells Used T-Shirts for a Good Cause
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Charitable Hurricane Tees (UPDATE)
Charitable Hurricane Tees (UPDATE)
The Manhattan Blackout Tee by Sebastian Errazuriz is Endearing
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Artistic Hurricane Relief Apparel
Artistic Hurricane Relief Apparel
Support Hurricane Sandy Victims with This Iconic Tee
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Child Charity Tees
Child Charity Tees
Donate to Maison Martin Margiela x Vogue FNO Japan for Disadvantaged Youth
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Charitable Research T-Shirts
Charitable Research T-Shirts
The Kelly Klein x ATM Art Basel Collection is Benevolent
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One-for-One Apparel Campaigns (UPDATE)
One-for-One Apparel Campaigns (UPDATE)
Marks & Spencer Launches a Recycling Initiative 'Shwopping'
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Philanthropic Caricature T-Shirts
Philanthropic Caricature T-Shirts
BNE Fukushima Relief Collection Strives to Help Japan's Citizens
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Supportive Charitable Clothing
Supportive Charitable Clothing
All Proceeds from the Tough People Tee go to the Red Cross Society
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Fashionable Fortune-Telling Tops
Fashionable Fortune-Telling Tops
The Mother's Psychic T-Shirts are Cleverly Clairvoyant Clot
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Inspiring Disaster Relief Tees
Inspiring Disaster Relief Tees
Kris Van Assche x Misericordia 'We Love Japan' Brings Hope to Japan
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Environmentally Conscious Duds
Environmentally Conscious Duds
'Project Recycling' Sells Sweet Shirts Made from Water Bottles
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Philanthropic Flag Fashions
Philanthropic Flag Fashions
The Gucci ‘GG Flag’ Collection in Association with UNICEF
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Woven Recycled Apparel
Woven Recycled Apparel
The Levi's Artisan Collection For Spring 2013 is Made From Blankets
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Disease-Fighting Fashion
Disease-Fighting Fashion
The Margiela Aids AW 10/11 T-Shirt is a Good Start
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Oil-Splattered Tees
Oil-Splattered Tees
'I Helped Clean Up the Gulf Oil Spill' has You Sporting the Spilled Mess
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Earthquake Relief Fashion
Earthquake Relief Fashion
Word Apparel Shirt Lets Consumers Help Japan With Red Cross Donations
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Weeping Critter Tees
Weeping Critter Tees
The Andrea Crews Crying Animal T-Shirt Collection Supports Animal Rights
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Charitable Feline Clothing
Charitable Feline Clothing
Cool Cats Donates Money Through Their ‘Japan We Heart U So' Tee
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Redesigned Rocker Tees
Redesigned Rocker Tees
The JCPenney Charlotte Ronson Collection Updates a Classic
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Anti-Tribute Apparel
Anti-Tribute Apparel
Give Your Fond Farewell With the 'I Survived the Bush Administration' Shirt
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Dolphin-Friendly Apparel
Dolphin-Friendly Apparel
These James Perse 'The Cove' T-Shirts Are Humane Fashion
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Donation-Depicting Tees
Donation-Depicting Tees
The Unicef, BBH & Threadless GOOD SHIRTS Represent What You Donate
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Oil Spill Tee Shirts
Oil Spill Tee Shirts
‘Unf--K THE GULF' Website Raises Money for Charity
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Three-in-One Tees
Three-in-One Tees
These Plain White Tees from Threadless Have Multiple Hidden Designs
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Haitian Help Shirts
Haitian Help Shirts
The Undrcrwn Assist Haiti Tee Contributes to the Recovery Effort
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Disaster Relief Streetwear
Disaster Relief Streetwear
The Bathing Ape Rescue Rebuild Tee Helps Japan Earthquake Efforts
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Friendly Monster Tees
Friendly Monster Tees
Milk On The Rocks Creates Pop Culture-Inspired Charitable Clothes for Japan
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At-Risk Teen Tees
At-Risk Teen Tees
Tees at Risk Sells Original Works from Troubled Teenagers
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Rockstar Relief Apparel
Rockstar Relief Apparel
Jeantrix Design 4 Japan Campaign Helps Post-Quake Aid Efforts
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Fashionable Charity Collections
Fashionable Charity Collections
The Vogue 'Fashion's Night Out' 2010 Clothing Line
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Stand-Out Presidential T-Shirts
Stand-Out Presidential T-Shirts
Obama is Outstanding
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Earthquake Relief Tees
Earthquake Relief Tees
100% of Haitian Jack Profits Will Be Donated to the Yele Fund
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Poop-Stained Logos
Poop-Stained Logos
The BP Pigeon T-Shirt Designed by Jeff Staple Makes a Visual Statement
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Fashion for First Time Voters -
Fashion for First Time Voters -
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Shirt Tag Seeds
Shirt Tag Seeds
The Edible Schoolyard Project Promotes Healthy Food Education
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Talking Animal T-Shirts
Talking Animal T-Shirts
Le Sandstone Makes a Fashion Statement & an Ethical One
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Orange for a Cause
Orange for a Cause
ASPCA Promotes Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Month
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Socially Responsible Sportswear
Socially Responsible Sportswear
Puma Wilderness Collection Offers Eco-Friendly & Fair Trade Items
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Charitable Icon Tees
Charitable Icon Tees
These Rafael Esquer Alfalfa T-Shirts Will Fund Scholarships for Students
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Faded Hope Tees
Faded Hope Tees
Obama T-Shirt is One of Many Second-Look Inducing Tees from Freshjive
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Inaugural Couture
Inaugural Couture
‘Runway to Change' Celebrates Obama Inauguration in Style
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Rockin' Relief Tees
Rockin' Relief Tees
Rock Your Cause Supports Important Issues Through Threads
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Natural Disaster Charity Tees
Natural Disaster Charity Tees
Support Japan's Relief Efforts With this Help Japan T-Shirt
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Political Statement T-Shirts
Political Statement T-Shirts
Make Fashion Not War Calls for Pop Culture Over Violence
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Luxurious Socially Conscious Tees
Luxurious Socially Conscious Tees
Yoox.com’s Socially Conscious Apparel Gives Fashion a Kind
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T-Shirts for Haiti
T-Shirts for Haiti
Fashion Leaders & Celebs Help a Worthwhile Cause
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Anti-Discriminatory Fashion
Anti-Discriminatory Fashion
Style-Islam
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Pre-Consumer Waste Apparel
Pre-Consumer Waste Apparel
Looptworks Sustainable Clothing Line is Ecotastic
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Disaster Relief Clothing
Disaster Relief Clothing
The Army for Japan Shirt by The Salvation Army Raises Funds and Awareness
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Controversial Customized Tees
Controversial Customized Tees
Peace, Progress & Pleasure Creates Political Apparel
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Inaugural Apparel
Inaugural Apparel
‘My President is Black' Shirt WIth Barack Obama on $5,000 Bill
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Controversial Religious Apparel
Controversial Religious Apparel
Passion for Christ's 'The Ex- Series' is for Former Sinners
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Shocking Soccer Tees
Shocking Soccer Tees
An Inappropriate Spain World Cup T-Shirt From Target
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Inspirational Apparel
Inspirational Apparel
'Tees for Change' Spreads Positivity Through Their Designs
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Charitable French Tees
Charitable French Tees
Maison Martin Margiela Charity AIDS T-Shirts are Fashion for a Cause
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Charitable Organ Attire
Charitable Organ Attire
The 'Recycle Me' Collection Has a Lot of Heart
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Anti-War Clothing Lines
Anti-War Clothing Lines
Carrot Clothing Hip Apparel is Activist Garb for Street Culture
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Designer Oil Tees
Designer Oil Tees
Kenneth Cole Cleans Up Well With These Oil Spill Fighting Tees
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Recycled Awareness Apparel
Recycled Awareness Apparel
Project 7's Environmental T-Shirts Made From Bottles
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Charity Designer Apparel
Charity Designer Apparel
Sales from the Stussy x Fragment Design Shirt Go to Red Cross for Japan
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Humanitarian Design Projects
Humanitarian Design Projects
'Be a Biographer' Raises Awareness of Human Trafficking
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Fashion Statement Against Oil Prices
Fashion Statement Against Oil Prices
Alphanumeric Gassed Tee
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Charitable Graphic Tees
Charitable Graphic Tees
Shade Clothing Creates Positive & Endearing Shirts
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Creative Charity T-Shirts
Creative Charity T-Shirts
Proceeds from Project White T-Shirt Goes to Designers Against Aids
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Disaster Donation Apparel
Disaster Donation Apparel
The Adapt Japan Relief T-Shirt Sale Proceeds Go to Earthquake Relief
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Charitable Indie Fashion
Charitable Indie Fashion
American Apparel Yellow Bird Project Brings Together Big Stars
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Fashionable Charity Tees
Fashionable Charity Tees
The Edun Kenya Kids Project Features Hand-Drawn T-Shirts for Charity
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Charitable Clown Couture
Charitable Clown Couture
Stella McCartney Limited Edition T-Shirts For ‘Comic Relief'
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QR Donation Apparel
QR Donation Apparel
The Charitable Pray for Japan Red Cross Shirt
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