The TENACITY Tee
[In ADULT sizes!]
The fiercest combination to walk the Earth: a will of steel...and a heart that is willing to be broken.
Spending their strength and power to defend the smallest and weakest, wearers of the TENACITY Tee know mama-bear love has little to do with biology and everything to do with a willingness to rise up and say, “Not on my watch.”
Available in 2 colours:
- BLACK [100% organic GOTS* cotton]
- CHARCOAL [60% organic GOTS* cotton blended with 40% recycled polyester]
- Tees are sewn by our [WFTO*] fair trade certified partner, Freeset Global, in Kolkata, India.
Living-wage jobs transform AUTHOR clothing purchases into poverty-fighting weapons; inspiring kids (of all ages!) to believe our daily choices really do have power to change the world.
$5 USD from each TENACITY Tee you purchase is given to the community-building arm of our T-shirt partner Freeset Global.
In the business of providing honourable employment since 2001, Freeset exists to restore hope and dignity to women of Sonagachi in Kolkata, India. Featured in the Oscar-winning documentary, Born Into Brothels...that’s Sonagachi.
Beyond the life-changing gift of an honourable job, profits shared from your TENACITY tee fund literacy classes, workplace childcare, budgeting classes and collaborative community initiatives.
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ADULT SIZING: These are unisex t-shirts that we've sized down to be better suited to a Mama Bear fit. (Ex: a MEDIUM Tenacity is a unisex/men's SMALL)
If you're buying for a Papa Bear, please remember to SIZE UP from the size they normally wear.
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The birth of the TENACITY Tee
The TENACITY Tee was originally created in support of our friend Marissa Froese during her battle with breast cancer. Marissa was an early Author-inspiration by living out her belief that everyday purchases are an opportunity to "love our distant neighbour".
Even while in the midst of treatment, Marissa requested that this t-shirt be used to support other mamas one day. We are happy to report that Marissa is well and thriving, and we are now sharing profits from TENACITY with some of the most courageous women we know; the women who make our t-shirts.
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The Global Organic Textile Standard provides assurance that your purchases are writing brighter futures for vulnerable farming families through every step of organic cotton production.
Cotton-processing workers are paid living-wages sufficient to support their families and are kept safe by high workplace safety standards.
Water supplies of nearby communities are protected because GOTS manufacturers use only approved low-impact dyes and effective water treatment systems.
Food sources are protected by organic farming methods. Natural pest deterrents and predators make cotton crops safe enough for families to grow their own vegetables in the very same field.
Farming families enjoy greater economic security when they are spared from dependency on expensive pesticides required for conventional cotton production.
WFTO members are committed to respecting the environment by sourcing local, organic and recycled materials, and reducing energy use or using renewable energy where possible.
While the WFTO sets high business standards in 10 important areas, one of the most notable being a local living-wage; ensuring that, in no more than 48 hours of work per week, a worker receives enough income to cover the basics: food, water, housing, education, health care, transportation, clothing, plus some extra to save for emergencies, house repairs or life events.