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About Cotton of the Carolinas:
CotC is a collaboration of farmers and manufacturers across the Carolinas dedicated to growing, making, and selling its t-shirts in the Carolinas.
Though originally the inspiration of TS Designs' Eric Henry and longtime friend and mentor Sam Moore, it could not have left the ground without the support of individuals and organizations all throughout its supply chain.
CotC shirts are mainly supplied wholesale full package, custom printed to your specifications. In other words, if you have a design, we'll print it for you! Just click here to check out how to order.
If you'd like to buy some individual shirts, click here
Our program focuses on three main objectives:
- Support of Local Economies
- Low Transportation Footprint
- Complete Product Transparency
Support of Local Economies
The farmers and manufacturers involved in Harvest '08, the first crop of shirts for the program, represented over 700 North Carolina employees.
Low Transportation Footprint
Harvest '08 will travel approximately 700 miles from cotton field to printed/dyed shirt. A globally-sourced t-shirt can travel more than 16,000 miles before being sold.
Complete Product Transparency
Maps, images, and tracking paperwork for each harvest are available right here on this website, allowing any wearer to track his or her shirt's life from dirt to shirt using the printed reference label on each shirt.
Why is all this Important?
North Carolina is the United States' fourth largest producer of cotton. But 50% of that cotton is shipped overseas to be manufactured into finished products, then much of it is shipped back here to be sold to consumers. Low labor costs in third world countries and cheap transportation costs make this possible, and a lack of information about a product's source keeps consumers from demanding change.
This site is designed, written, and maintained by Eric Michel of TS Designs. The majority of the photos were taken by Monique de Latour.