Today’s the LAST DAY of DFTBA’s most-excellent $3 shipping sale.
On this Cyber Monday when you’re probably sick of people spamming your inbox with encouragement to “Buy! Buy! Buy!” we thought we’d just take a moment to let you know exactly what you’re purchasing when you order from the Harry Potter Alliance.
We put a lot of thought into the products we offer and how and where we get them manufactured. We feel really good about the merchandise we produce and we hope that the people who purchase that merchandise also feel good about it.
When Warner Bros. wouldn’t answer the call to be transparent and ethical in their cocoa sourcing, we took it upon ourselves to make these products for the Harry Potter fan community. The cocoa in our Chocolate Frogs comes from La Siembra, a Canadian co-operative that works directly with 23 producer co-ops, supporting more than 39,500 family farmers in 11 countries.
Our Chocolate Frogs are then mixed and molded by Lucky Chocolates, a small, organic chocolatier in Saugerties, NY. Each box is packaged with a chocolate frog card illustrated by longtime wizard friend, Alec Longstreth.
All of our wearables are printed on American Apparel garments. American Apparel produces sweatshop-free products in downtown Los Angeles, where their industrial workers are paid an average of $12/hour plus benefits (a major contrast to the $0.20/hour wages that are commonly found in factories abroad).
The printing of our shirts and hoodies takes place at Zoo City Apparel, a very small screenprinting and design shop in Missoula, Montana. We chose Zoo City because they are awesome people, they do amazing work, and they offer some unique printing options. They are also located in the same city as our distribution warehouse, which saves money and reduces the carbon-footprint of each shirt by decreasing the shipping associated with each item.
Once printed, our shirts are driven three miles from Zoo City to the DFTBA Warehouse. All of our merchandise fulfillment is handled by DFTBA Records, a small online record label turned distribution hub that supports loads of independent artists. They’re a swell bunch of folks and we can say that with confidence because they give us a reduced fulfillment rate since we’re a non-profit organization. Once all our stuff is at DFTBA, your HPA order is packaged by actual people and not robots. I mean, robots would be super cool, but I think they are still too expensive. You can keep up with the non-robot order-fulfillment hijinks by following them on YouTube.
Once all our production and distribution costs are paid, the remaining money helps to support the work we do with the Harry Potter Alliance. When you purchase from us, we hope that you’ll feel great about supporting our work and about supporting all of the awesome people and small companies we’ve mentioned above.
So that’s a small glimpse into our supply chain and where HPA merchandise comes from.
Now, there’s still a few hours left to take advantage of DFTBA’s flat-rate, $3 shipping. So if you’re feeling inclined, head to our online store and…