To create Rain Tees, children in endangered rain forests in Ecuador, Brazil and Costa Rica are given powerful tools (crayons, paint, pencils) to show what is happening all around them.
While some children will come up with scenes depicting logging or oil drilling, others, despite all the negatives, some draw positive masterpieces like beautiful birds and lush trees.
Kids are often the most forgiving.
To add to all the good, the t-shirts are handmade right outside the Peruvian Amazon in Rain Tees family owned and vertically integrated factories, where they print using eco-friendly inks and dyes.
For this giveaway, a toucan drawing from Rene Gillermo of Tena, Ecuador is placed prettily upon an organic cotton t-shirt that you can wear with pride. His name and country are on the illustration because well, he’s the artist and artists should get credit.
The site says “Amazon toucans live in small flocks and are very playful birds that have courtship displays where both male and female birds throw berries at each other or play catch by tossing the berries to each other with their beaks. How’s that for a “˜play date?’ Sadly, these birds are highly endangered and more than 11 million are smuggled illegally from the Amazon every year and sold to collectors in the USA and abroad. More than 70 percent die in the horrible conditions of transit.”
Thanks to Rene, Rain Tees can call attention to the toucan’s plight through an honest and beautiful drawing.
Other amazing points about this company?
Ethical Manufacturing: Rain Tees staff are paid 25 percent above average wages so health care and education come first for them and their families.
Every Rain Tee Educates: Rain Tees sponsors each child whose artwork is chosen for a Rain Tees design to attend school in their home country.
Every Rain Tee Plants A Tree: For every Rain Tee sold, a child in Costa Rica’s most threatened tropical rain forest receives a tree to plant through the educational non-profit Kids Saving the Rain Forest.
To learn more about what they’re doing and who is involved, go to the Rain Tees site.
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