Gio Insignares Biography
Gio Insignares is an American journalist working as an anchor/reporter for WUSA9. He was born and raised in Miami, Florida moving to Maryland, moving again to Alabama, then back up to Maryland, and finally out to Oregon.
He is part of the Get Up Washington team. Gio attended the University of Maryland, College Park. He enjoys going to the gym and watching sports, movies, and digesting every bit of news and culture available.
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Gio Insignares Career | Gio Insignares WUSA9
Gio is an anchor and reporter at WUSA9 working as part of the Get Up DC that airs from 4:25 am-6 am. He also reports on his own stories.Gio Insignares
Insignares first job in TV was as a sports production intern working at WRC and WJLA in Washington. He then joined WTVJ situated in Miami. After switching to a news reporter, he moved to Oregon to work for KDRV in Medford as a reporter, anchor, and producer.
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Ethical T-shirts: Why one man wants to change the way you think about your clothes
The focus for the business – called “TommyWares”— is to twist the traditional shirt-making process. The company’s goal revolves around a three-step pledge: only work with union made apparel, focus on the most eco-friendly options, and always put the planet first.
A man walks around something that looks like a mega-sized panini press. It’s heated at 380 degrees and used to flatten a specific item. Despite the heat radiating from it and the similarities to your local café, this heat press is not for food.
Its real purpose is to make special t-shirts. The “special” thing about them comes from the man behind the creation – Tommy Pantone, a soon-to-be graduate from the University of Maryland.
“It feels really good to give someone a shirt that’s unique and really means something to them, instead of something that’s just mass produced,” Pantone said.
The focus for the business – called “TommyWares”— is to twist the traditional shirt-making process. It’s also an acronym, standing for “Wrinkled, Authentic, Recreational, Experimental Shirts.” The company’s goal revolves around a three-step pledge: only work with union made apparel, focus on the most eco-friendly options and always put the planet first.
The sourcing for TommyWares’ shirts comes from a clothing company in New York – Royal Apparel. Each shirt is made with 70 percent viscose bamboo and 30 percent organic cotton. The printing technique is digital heat transfers, which uses inkjet printing rather than screen printing. All of this is to fulfill the company’s three-step pledge.
“A massive percentage of the world’s pesticide use is used to farm cotton, as well as a massive amount of water…it’s extremely wasteful and we haven’t done anything to innovate or change it for years and years,” Pantone said. “We’ve known about the problems, and I think it was about time someone did something.”
He is taking that action, even if it’s just him as a one-man band. No one else works for the company right now. Pantone simply takes the orders that come in and prints the shirts himself.
“The fact that this company and these shirts exist is a huge sign that we have all the solutions we need and it’s just getting people to be aware of them,” Pantone said.
Tommy warns future goal right now is to invest in more equipment to print on more shirts. Piantone said if there’s a message he wants people to take away from his work – aside from the environmental impact – is that the problems in the apparel industry are a human rights issue.
He’s standing behind a bold mission of trying to save the world one t-shirt at a time.
“To me, it just seems really wrong that we make a lot of our products in a way that’s really harmful to people and really harmful to the planet,” Pantone said.
“If I can contribute to making people think more about how their things are sourced or how their things are made – it would be a win for me,” Pantone added.