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HALF UNITED is passionate about designing both jewelry and apparel. Apparel was actually the reason HALF UNITED came into business. In 2008 HU co-founder, Christian Black was working to start a men’s clothing brand that focused on t-shirts and screen printing. When Christian’s brother, Carmin, finished an internship at TOMS Shoes, the sibling duo decided to start a brand together that used fashion that fought global hunger. Our Women’s T Shirts are proudly designed and screen printed in the USA. Our best selling and most iconic women’s t shirt is our “Giving Back Is The New Black” tee. This slogan and tee was originally designed by our friend Aly Silverio in 2014 and to this day is one of our best selling products which in turn has given the most meals to children in need! The term “Giving Back Is The New Black” refers to a phrase in the fashion industy, “(insert color) is the new black”, meaning that color is the new trendy color for the season as black is always in fashion. “Giving Back Is The New Black” simply means that giving back and helping people in need is cool! Wear your GBITNB women’s t shirt as a reminder of the lives of children in need that you have changed. We also hope that this t shirt sparks a conversation. That someone might ask you what the phrase means which would allow you to share the mission of HALF UNITED and raise awareness for global hunger. Wear your “Giving Back Is The New Black” women’s t shirt with pride. HALF UNITED is a brand that cares deeply about ethical apparel and helping children in need. All of our women’s t shirts are designed to embody our passion for helping others. In our minds, ethical apparel is two fold. It starts with where we get our products made and then what the products do when they are sold. For every HALF UNITED product that you purchase YOU give 7 meals to a child in need. When you purchase a HALF UNITED product you are feeding children in the USA, Haiti, Fiji and Cambodia through partnerships with The Food Bank, charter schools, community gardens, artisan groups, orphanages, primary schools and more. Being based in North Carolina, we focus the bulk of our feeding efforts in Wilmington, NC. When the hurricanes struck Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico in September of 2017, we gave to the cities most struck by disaster through our partnership with the Food Bank. HALF UNITED products are made ethically. Every single product that is sold is made using ethical labor. Much of our HALF UNITED products actually provide jobs for people in need in the United States and abroad. For example, in the past, HALF UNITED has employed Haitians in need of jobs to make products through partnerships with Papillon Enterprises, Haiti Made and Elevating Haiti. By employing people in need you empower them to rise out of poverty. This is a sustainable model for ending global hunger. Instead of going into a country and giving hand outs that people rely on, we give them jobs so they can work and provide for themselves! This not only provides for them financially but it builds their spirits and their belief that they can accomplish anything they set their minds to! In addition to this, HALF UNITED has hired women in need in the Wilmington area to make our fashion line. By hiring women who most wouldn’t, we are able to pour into them and encourage them in their lives. We pride ourselves in showing people their true worth. A worth that is beyond measure! The word “ethical” carries a great deal of weight for us. It means that we are doing something greater and not living selfishly. When making our products, we want to think about the people making the products and not just the products. HALF UNITED employs and uses manufacturers that work in safe environments with normal working hours. When making ethical apparel, we have to know that the environments that make our products are doing so in an ethical way. Not only do our women’s t shirts stand for fighting hunger, but they also stands for our social responsibility. HALF UNITED believes that to whom much is given, much is required. With this stated, ethical apparel embodies this. People have the opportunity to purchase HALF UNITED products while giving to those in need. We want to be an example to other companies in the world. By standing together and fighting this epidemic, we can be the change that the world needs! HALF UNITED is a brand that can lead the pack in making a large global impact on hunger. By ethically sourcing our products and apparel, we can make the change that is needed. Please enjoy our women’s t shirts and always come back for new styles and designs!