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. From the members monitored by the Fair Wear Foundation, we choose those who are accredited within the top category- ‘leader’.
Furthermore, renewable energy is used in the EarthPositive factories, making those pieces Carbon Neutral, as well as all the garments in all three suppliers that we use being made Organic, to reduce pollution and save on mass water waste.
We also collaborate with independent makers such as Lucy & Yak, Lefrik, Everybody.world and UnitedChangeMakers who are smaller scale and hold even higher standard ethics.
The Artists: Sarah Caulfield is the main artist here at We Are Hairy People, and she manages the other artists by offering them paid opportunities where they’re able to choose working days and hours, as well as supporting the development their own work and offering the We Are Hairy People online selling platform and infrastructure in order for them to have a customer base. When freelancers are brought in, they are paid £12-22/hour.
We work in a community therapeutic Art Studio funded by online sales, to give up to 15 Warriors a chance to own their own futures, and offer an art space for art therapy programmes that we run.
The Paints: All paints and dyes are Vegan, Cruelty Free and non toxic. The paint is water-based and is set with heat to fuse with the fabric in a similar manner to screen prints.
The Packaging: The main part of our packaging is a recycled double walled paper sack, with recycled paper order notes & recycled card tags. In circumstances where clients such as Asos require Polybags, we use biodegradable bags with compost instructions.
The Studio Guidelines: All waste is sorted for recycling here at WAHP, and excess stock is sent to charity shops.
We use renewable energy to power our studio.
Collections are used to promote love-filled messages, now trying to focus as much as possible on inclusivity, self care and endangered animals. Next we will be launching charity garments to split profits between our mental health work and activism charities, for Climate action, Body Positivity, Gender and Disabled inclusivity, Conservation and other important issues such as molestation.
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 predominantly vegan or vegetarian.
The Next Step: We have now switched to 90% organic and working to get to 100% organic materials, to reduce worldwide water consumption, and increasing the number of pieces available in more sustainable & biodegradable fabrics such as Hemp, Bamboo, Tencel Lyocell, and Modal. We're working to push one of the three suppliers we use to focus on switching to renewable energy.
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!