Over the last 5 years, We Are Hairy People has been committed to improving all areas of our work to ensure we are as ethical as we can be. These areas are outlined below, spanning from working conditions of garment makers, through to our heart as a social enterprise.
The Clothing: We Are Hairy People paint on to clothing made by reputable companies, who are members of or certified by independent organisations such as the Fair Wear Foundation, FSC, Oeko-Tex, WRAP & GOTS. These certifications mean that the garments are created under more than ethical working conditions, where workers at all levels of manufacture or 'in the supply chain' from plantation to warehouse are paid fairly and looked after well. Furthermore, renewable energy is used in the factories, as well as the garments being made Organic to reduce pollution and save on mass water waste. Please check out the following brands from whom we buy in our blank clothing: StanleyStella | Continental | Earth Positive
The Artists: Sarah Caulfield is the main artist here at We Are Hairy People. When freelancers are brought in, they are paid £10-15/hour. Franchising has just started to give the Warriors a chance to own their own futures.
The Paints: All paints are Vegan and Cruelty Free. They are a mixture of non-toxic fabric and screen printing paints, set with an industrial heat press.
The Packaging: We are working on getting all of our packaging made from recycled materials by the end of 2017- currently, the main part of the packaging is a recyclable cardboard box, with biodegradable tissue inner.
The Studio Guidelines: All waste is sorted for recycling here at WAHP, and excess stock is sent to charity shops. Collections are used to promote love-filled messages.
Animal welfare: No animals, animal testing nor animal products are used in either the painting studio in Bristol or by our trusted suppliers. Furthermore, the WAHP team are all vegan or vegetarian.
The Next Step: During 2017/2018 WAHP are working on switching to 100% organic materials to reduce worldwide water consumption, and increasing the number of pieces available in more sustainable & biodegradable fabrics such as Bamboo, Tencel Lyocell, and Modal.
We are continuing to open up our studio to Warriors to access support and new skills. On top of this we are offering them franchise positions as WAHP artists.
Extra Advise: We recommend washing your pieces at low temperatures, and sending them back for repainting at just £10. We hope your garment enjoys a long cared for life, and that you truly enjoy experiencing your wearable art!