A teachable moment on product sourcing
I've recently begun selling political T-shirts (the 2L4O shirts advertised in the right margin), and I was chagrined to find that the first batch of shirts was made in Haiti by a company with a questionable record for working conditions.
I'm working with my vendor to ensure that future orders are union-made. Even before the first shirts I'd ordered arrived from the printer, some potential customers had suggested I go that route, and that they'd happily pay a little extra to support decent working conditions.
Since I can't unmake the first batch, and I didn't specify the company/country of manufacture (live and learn!), I'm planning to donate a portion of the proceeds from these goods to a charity that provides targeted relief to the sort of folks who get screwed by sweatshop labor conditions.
Personally, I've donated to Doctors Without Borders, to aid in Haitian relief, but I'm wondering if there's a more appropriate charity for this.
Though I doubt I'll ever come near passing a purity test for thoughtful product purchases, this is a teachable moment about paying attention to the sourcing of what we buy. If there's lemonade to be made here, I look forward to sharing it with a worthy and appropriate charity. Suggestions?