Ban T-shirts: Political T-shirts & Environmental Organic T-shirts

FAQs and help with ordering

If you haven't ordered from Ban T-shirts before you may have some questions about the site, our products, about what to do if your shirt is too big/small, and so on. Below is a list of FAQs but don't hesitate to email us if there is anything else you want to know or even if you just want to make sure there are real people out here at Ban T-shirts! We'll do our best to help you and will usually reply in less than 24 hours.

MAKING AN ORDER

How do I place an order?
My credit card is registered in one country, but I want to ship to another - what do I do?
What payment methods do you accept?
How do I apply a discount code?

SHIPPING QUESTIONS

How much is shipping?
How can I change my shipping address?
Where will my t-shirt ship from?
How long will it take for my t-shirt to arrive?
International orders: What countries do you ship to? German & French customers please read!

PRODUCT QUESTIONS

What sizes are your T-shirts available in?
What brand of shirts do you use?
Where are your t-shirts made?
Are your shirts sweat shop free?
How are your shirts printed?
Are your shirts made of organic cotton?
What type of inks do you use?
How do I wash my shirt?

EXCHANGES AND REFUNDS

Can I exchange my shirt if it doesn't fit?
Can I get a refund if I'm not happy with my purchase?

T-SHIRT PRINTING AND WHOLESALE

Is it possible to buy Ban T-shirts' designs wholesale?
I want to get some shirts printed, can you help?

MISCELLANEOUS

How can I contact Ban T-shirts?
Does Ban T-shirts use an environmentally friendly web hosting company?
What about privacy issues?
How can I find out about new t-shirts and other apparel at Ban T-shirts?
Why don't you sell any right-wing T-shirts?

How can I contact Ban T-shirts?
Contact info is here. You can contact us about your order, special requests, questions about our products or anything else you like.

How do I place an order?
Just choose the size you require and add the item to the cart. You can view the items in your cart by clicking the "View Cart" link in the top right hand corner of the page. When you are ready to checkout click the yellow PayPal button in the bottom right hand corner of the cart. You do not need to open a PayPal account in order complete your purchase. You can use your credit card to order without becoming a member of PayPal, if you so wish. See below:


When you are ready to checkout , click the yellow PayPal button (you can use your credit card to order without becoming a PayPal member). If you don't want to sign up to PayPal click on the link that says "Don't have a PayPal account?" to place your order without becoming a PayPal member.

How much is shipping?
USA -
Up to 2 shirts - $5
3 shirts - $6.50
50 cents each additional shirt.

Canada -
$6 for the first T-shirt
$3 each additional T-shirt
Maximum charge of $21.

Europe and Mexico -
$9 for the first T-shirt
$4 each additional T-shirt.

Rest of the world -
$10 for the first T-shirt, $5 each additional T-shirt.
Hoodies - $20 to ship one, or $15 when ordered with another item.

IMPORTANT: Please make sure that your shipping address is correct when placing your order! We cannot reship or refund orders that have already been shipped to incorrectly provided addresses, unless we receive them back in the mail. If you are shipping to your work address, make sure that you include your name as well as the company name.

How can I change my shipping address?
If you have more than one address associated with your paypal account then pay special attention when ordering to ensure that you choose the correct shipping address. The best way to avoid any problems is to delete any old addresses from your paypal account. On the page immediately before finalising your payment, the address to which your order will be shipped is shown. There is a link which allows you to change this address if required, as in this example:

My credit card is registered in one country, but I want to ship to another - what do I do?
This situation may arise in either of these situations:
1- you are currently temporarily resident in one country but still have a credit card from your main country of residence, and you want the order shipped to where you are currently residing.
2- you want to buy a shirt for someone who lives in another country.
PayPal sometimes has a problem with orders like this because it usually only allows you to add addresses to the country where your credit card or bank account is located. If you encounter a problem of this nature, please contact us and we will usually be able to ship to the address you specify (you will just need to email us with the correct shipping address immediately after ordering).

Where will my t-shirt ship from?
Our T-shirts are shipped by Brunetto T-shirts who are based at 169 Captain Lewis Dr., Southington, CT 06489. Your shirts may occassionally be shipped separately on the rare occassion that we are out of stock of an item you ordered. If this happens we will notify you in advance.

How long will it take for my T-shirt to arrive?
Usually between 3 and 10 days for US orders. Under normal circumstances orders are processed and dispatched within 1 to 3 days. You will receive an email indicating that your shirt has been shipped. If you have not received this email within 5 days of ordering please email us and we will resolve the issue. Orders ship via USPS. If you haven't received your order within 15 days, please email us with the details of your order (include the transaction ID from PayPal) and we will let you know the status of your order. If you need your order by a specific date, please let us know and we'll do our best to make sure it gets there in time.
International orders take longer to arrive, European orders will usually take between 1 and 2 weeks to arrive but can sometimes take up to a month. Some countries may require custom duty to be paid on goods received, we cannot accept any responsibility for these charges, the customer is responsible for their payment.

What countries do you ship to?
We ship to any country where PayPal is accepted. There are 190 countries where PayPal is accepted. That means you'd be really unlucky if you can't order one of shirts!
Important note for German and French customers only. Due to delays at German and French customs for orders shipped via the regular USPS service, we are now offering 2 shipping options:
Option 1: Uninsured - this is shipping via regular USPS. With this service we are noticing delays in delivery with some orders to France and Germany (only) and consequently are unable to offer refunds or re-shipment of orders if this shipping method is chosen. Delivery estimates are not guaranteed.
Option 2: Tracked. This provides full tracking from point of departure to delivery and guarantees delivery. French and German customers are advised to select this method, especially for orders of two or more shirts.
We are not experiencing problems with delivery to any other country, so only offer the regular USPS shipping option to other countries as it is the most economical option.

European customers may find it easier and faster to order from Ban T-shirts UK.

What payment methods do you accept?
We take payment through PayPal. However you do not need to join PayPal to order from us. You can pay with a Visa, MasterCard, Discover or American Express credit card. It is also possible to pay with an eCheck or with funding from your bank account. PayPal offers a secure and reliable platform for online shopping. If you create an account it can be used at many web stores and to pay for items through Ebay. Many people prefer to shop online using PayPal as you do not have to give your credit card details to every store you order from, only to PayPal.

How do I apply my discount code?
We often offer discounts to those who sign up for our mailing list. If you have one of these codes you can apply it the shopping cart. You enter the code in the area highlighted in pink below. After entering the code click the "Update cart" button:
apply discount

What brand of shirts do you use?
We use American Apparel, Royal Apparel and Organic Apparel. These brands all produce t-shirts that are soft to the touch, tightly woven and use 4.4oz per sq yard 100% cotton. The brand of shirt used for each design is stated on the page about the tee. Click here for more information about the brands we use.

Where are your t-shirts made?
They are all manufactured and printed in the USA. Because, in spite of what some people say, we don't hate America, we just dislike some American politicians.

Are your shirts sweat shop free?
Yes, they are all sweat shop free. We want people to earn a fair wage for a fair day's work. We don't want to be involved in exploitative labour practices.

How are your shirts printed?
All our t-shirts are silk-screen printed. Silk-screen printing is a technique whereby each color is printed separately onto the shirt. We print in bulk in batches of between 12 and 100 pieces according to demand and design popularity. Due to the set-up time involved it is not usually practical to print one-offs. We never use iron on transfers or similar, only silk-screens.

Are your shirts made of organic cotton?
Some designs are printed on organic cotton shirts and some are not. If a design is printed on a shirt made of organic cotton then this is stated on the page about the t-shirt. We are moving towards making most of our T-shirts organic. They cost a dollar or two more but the benefit for the environment, wildlife and our own health is enormous. If a shirt is made of organic cotton you will see this logo on the page:

What type of inks do you use?
We use high quality PVC free/phthalate free plastisol inks, made in the USA by One Stroke Inks. We do not print with water-based inks as in our opinion there is no appreciable benefit to the environment in using them. Additionally water-based inks require more energy expenditure for drying post-printing. Plastisol inks are easy to store and dispose of, very little product is wasted and the most harmful ingredient usually associated with plastisol (PVC) is absent from the particular product we use.

Does Ban T-shirts use an environmentally friendly web hosting company?
Yes. Ban T-shirts is hosted with Hostgator. Hostgator's servers are 130% windpowered in Texas. The extra 30% is gained by purchasing certified renewable energy credits. For more information click here.

What sizes are your T-shirts available in?
Click here for a size chart for American Apparel and Royal Apparel shirts.

How do I wash my shirt?
Wash warm (30C/86F), do not bleach, dry low. Note that most t-shirts can shrink a little after their first wash. DO NOT IRON THE PRINTED AREA! Dry at a LOW temperature. Drying at a high temperature can cause the print to crack.

Can I exchange my shirt if it doesn't fit?
Yes, no problem. Always email us first with the details of your order and we will send you instructions on how to exchange the shirt. Exchanges will incur a small reshipping charge of $5 within the US (exchanges from other countries usually incur full payment of reshipping costs). These charges do not apply if we have shipped you a shirt you did not order.

Can I get a refund if I'm not happy with my purchase?
If you want to return your order and get a refund, you may do so within 28 days of receiving it. The t-shirt must obviously be returned unworn and unwashed and it must be folded and placed in an envelope measuring at least 10" by 12". If the shirt is received in a state unfit to be resold the exchange will not be accepted. Please email us before returning the t-shirt. We do not issue refunds or make exchanges for t-shirts that are on "special offer" at a reduced price. Refund of shipping costs is at our discretion.

What about privacy issues?
All financial transactions are processed through PayPal. Ban T-shirts does not have access to your credit card information - this is held by PayPal. Information regarding your name and address is held by Ban T-Shirts and the distributor (Brunetto T-shirts or Buffalo Nickel) exclusively for the purpose of processing your order and dealing with any queries that may arise concerning your order. Your details will not be passed on to any third parties for any purpose whatsoever.

How can I find out about your new t-shirts and other apparel?
We have a mailing list which you can join if you wish (see menu on the left of the page), or just check the site from time to time. If you bookmark us in delicious, stumbleupon or any other social bookmarking site then you will also help us reach other people.

Is it possible to buy Ban T-shirts' designs wholesale?
If you are organising an event and you think our t-shirts would be a useful way to raise money for your organisation, or if you have a store where you'd like to stock our shirts, then please contact us for wholesale rates.

I want to get some shirts printed, can you help?
Yes, we can print your design on sweat shop free and organic cotton T-shirts for a very reasonable price. Click here for pricing, minimums, available colors and other info.

Why don't you sell any right-wing T-shirts?
Yes, believe it or not we sometimes get asked this question. The answer is simple. We make T-shirts with messages we believe in, we're not here to present "all sides in the debate". This isn't just a job for us, it's something we believe in. So if you're looking for right-wing t-shirts or a shirt that says something offensive about immigrants or environmentalists, click off some place else.

American Apparel Sweat Shop Free T-shirts Made in downtown L.A.