I was due for some new basic t-shirts. So I decided to give these ethically made options a try!
I usually get my t-shirts from Target. And even though I’m totally into this whole ethical fashion thing, I’ve never felt too guilty about getting my t-shirts from Target. They’re affordable, fit fine enough, and last well past 30 wears. They’ve served me well.
But I recently came across two companies that are known for their ethically made clothing, and especially their wardrobe basics. Like t-shirts. I thought I’d give them both a try and share with you what I think.
Comparing Basic T-Shirts by Everlane & Pact
Let’s start with the ethics and message of each brand.
Pact really focuses on the whole product and process. Not only do they use 100% organic cotton, but they also steer clear of toxic dyes. So you can feel good about the clothing against your skin.
On top of that, Pact uses Fair Trade Certified factories and they incorporate eco-friendly materials and practices throughout the manufacturing process.
Everlane focuses on product quality, factory ethics, and transparency with consumers. They value transparency so greatly that they share right on their website a breakdown of the actual cost of many of their clothing items. And you can read about the actual factory your clothing was made in. Just check the tag and head to Everlane’s Factories page and find the factory listed on the tag.
Winner Round 1: Pact. I do love what Everlane stands for, but the fact that Pact is taking steps toward protecting the environment by committing to organic cotton and non-toxic dyes AND at an affordable price (I’ll get to that soon) is huge for me.
T-shirt Fit & Quality
First, the Everlane V-Neck T . I purchased this one in Heather Charcoal and I love the color. It’s exactly what I was looking for. Also, this t-shirt was super soft right out of the package. The V-neck is the perfect fit, not too low, not too high. I usually wear a medium in blouses, but often go up a size to a large in t-shirts because I don’t like them too fitted around my midsection. The large fits exactly the way I like.
Now the Pact T. The fabric of this shirt feels thicker and durable, but still soft. Not as soft as the Everlane T though. However, I haven’t washed it and I do wonder if it will get a more ‘broken in’ feel after a few washes. It just feels a bit stiff by comparison. The V-neck on this t-shirt is a bit lower cut, which I don’t mind. I think a lower V can be a more feminine or even dressy look.
Winner Round 2: Everlane. I like both shirts, but the Everlane shirt is noticeably softer.
The prices on these were very close. The Pact tee was $16 and the Everlane tee was $18. Although, other colors in the same tee by Everlane are only $15. So all things considered thus far, I’d go with the Everlane tee because I think it’s worth $2 for the extra softness. But if Pact had a color I really wanted that Everlane didn’t offer, I wouldn’t hesitate to purchase from Pact.
And then there’s shipping. Pact offers free shipping only on orders over $79. Everlane offers free shipping on 2+ items. Shipping doesn’t equate to much if you’re only purchasing a couple items, but savings is savings and free shipping on 2 t-shirts from Everlane gives them the leg up on Pact once again.
Winner Round 3: Everlane.
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I do want to reiterate that, even though Everlane came out on top in this comparison, I do still love what Pact stands for and will continue to purchase their products. I also purchased a solid white t-shirt from Pact, and for that one I do appreciate the thicker feeling fabric so that it isn’t sheer. And like I mentioned, I haven’t washed them yet. They may soften up after a while. I’ll have to report back and let you all know about that!
PS , Pact also has kids clothing! (But only up to size 5T, so I guess my oldest doesn’t get to wear their clothes for a few more years.)