Frequently Asked Questions
Can we order your apparel online?
Unfortunately our line is not available online at the moment. However, we will be selling on Sproul Plaza in UC Berkeley at least every other Thursday for the rest of the semester. You can find more information and stay updated on our Facebook page. We’re in the process of allowing customers to order online – the option should go live within the next month. If you want to order your own custom apparel, you can fill out an order form here.
When will you guys be out here?
At least every other Thursday from 9:00 – 3:00. You can stay updated on our FB page. You can also check our website ethicalapparel.org/events to get a full list of upcoming events
How do you choose who you loan to?
We use this online platform called KIVA, and we decide as a club on who to lend our money to other entrepreneurs who we feel have missions or values that align with our own
What is a microloan?
Microloans are normally any loan up to $50,000. They are intended to help entrepreneurs who may have trouble getting finance from banking services. They help launch and grow small businesses as well as promote stronger communities and local economies by supporting families and creating jobs. These loans have competitive interest rates and terms and fewer fees; however, since we work with KIVA, they are interest-free.
What is KIVA and how does it work?
KIVA is a non profit organization focused on helping low-income entrepreneurs from all over the world. KIVA works as a crowdfunding platform for businesses in all sectors and we use our profits to finance them based on their needs and impact. 100% of every dollar we lend on Kiva goes to funding loans. Kiva covers costs primarily through optional donations, as well as through support from grants and sponsors.
What is a social enterprise?
A social enterprise is an organization that applies commercial strategies to maximize improvements in human and environmental well-being—this may include maximizing social impact alongside profits.
How is this different than a non-profit?
The biggest difference between a social enterprise and a non-profit is that non-profits get their funding from public/private donations (“no-profit business”), while a social enterprise is a for-profit business that is completely self-sustainable independent from donations. In short, we make our own money.
Is all of the apparel you print environmentally friendly?
We try to push this brand, but we don’t require that our customers use it. We have an option for customers who order custom apparel from us to choose HAEnow shirts to be printed on which are fair trade certified and are made from organic cotton. Our own line is not printed on HaeNow. However, we do try to be conscious of the shirts we use in our line, and try to pick the most sustainable printing companies.
Who do you make shirts for?
We can only ship within the US though. We have a wide range of clients, including startups, nonprofits, campus clubs, corporations and individuals who have shirt ideas. The possibilities are limitless. We print for just about everyone!