T shirt update
We just wanted to check in and let everyone know what is going on. The short answer is that we are aiming to have everything packed and shipped by the end of this weekend. We want to thank you for your patience.
For a more expanded explanation, there are many factors affecting the shipping of rewards. When we designed the rewards, we wanted to offer lots of options, including women's sizes and a variety of prints. So, one unexpected delay (that we didn't even think of) was that we had to wait for all surveys to be turned back, so that we could order in bulk. We think that we can all agree that the rewards are the bonus, and our real focus is the Garden. Therefore, we were faced with putting in smaller orders and paying more, or waiting and putting in one big order. We decided to wait and put in one big order, and suprisingly, this is the difference of thousands of dollars.
Another thing we wanted to take in to account was your feedback. We received quite a few requests to avoid using certain brands of shirts due to the makers factory conditions. We wanted to use as much American-Made and Fairly Traded merchandise as possible. Also, we wanted to still have a high quality t-shirt that fit well. We listened to the voiced concern over fit and ethics of human rights violations for certain manufacturers, and we actually found a private label willing to work with our small specific order. The men's shirts we chose are an athletic fit (long enough as an XL and no "girly sleeves" (as was requested by quite a few people)) and the cotton is American, processed with fair labor laws in Mexico and then distributed through California.
Overall, this is our first Kickstarter and first project of this size. We are so appreciative of your patience. We really wanted to get the shirts out faster, and we have learned so much about Kickstarter and merchandising. We are confident that you will be happy with your shirts, which we thought was worth a little extra time to address everyones concerns, and the little wait to save some money for the garden by ordering in bulk. (If any of our backers have other questions email us, or if you want to know more about rewards and Kickstarter, we are happy to share all the small and large lessons we learned so far).
We are sorting and packing the rewards as fast as we can (which also is surprisingly a lot more time consuming then we estimated).
Once again we apologize and are so grateful for having such supportive backers and members of our community. Thanks again.