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What is the difference between a Minimalism t-shirt and a Uniqlo one?

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Manufacture in Portugal vs China and Bangladesh

Minimalism's T-shirts are made in Portugal, while Uniqlo's T-shirts are made in China and Bangladesh. This difference in the location of production can affect the quality and sustainability of the garments, since labor and environmental standards can vary in each country. Portugal has a reputation for being a center of responsible textile production, while China and Bangladesh have been criticized in the past for their working conditions.

It is also necessary to take into account the impact on the carbon footprint of the transport of finished goods. Manufacturing in Portugal, the carbon footprint is lower since the distance from the factory to the warehouse is 400 km. If we manufactured in Bangladesh, the distance would be 12,000 km with the impact on carbon footprint that entails.

Using organic cotton vs cotton and polyester

Another important difference between the Minimalism and Uniqlo t-shirts is the type of fabric used. Minimalism t-shirts are made with 100% OCS100 certified organic cotton, which is grown without the use of environmentally harmful pesticides and chemicals. On the other hand, Uniqlo t-shirts are made with a blend of cotton and polyester. Polyester is a synthetic material that is not biodegradable and can be harmful to the environment during its production.

Uniqlo is a reference brand for Minimalism but, we believe, they can improve many things when it comes to manufacturing in a more conscious and sustainable way.

We hope this information helps the customer to shop consciously.

June 20, 2023 — Pepe Martín Garcia

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