We pride ourselves on our progressive values and our central message is one of equality and fairness. We reject all prejudice and discrimination against anyone for reasons of race, religion, sex, sexuality, wealth, gender or disability. In other words we believe that as human beings we are all equal, and as such we all deserve a decent, secure and fulfilling life, with equal access to opportunities in education, employment and participation in society. We believe that we should all play by the same rules with no special privileges for the well connected or wealthy.
On social media we aim to produce a healthy and lively debate on political, philosophical and social issues but will never tell anyone which political party to vote for in an election. Our products generally depict the radical movements and figures of the past and present with a particular emphasis on left wing values. However, this should not be taken as an endorsement by ourselves of the movement or person depicted, their actions or the consequences of their actions.
We are a small family business, conceived and based entirely in the UK. We design and promote all our products ourselves and (except for our mugs) source them almost entirely from rural areas of the country where jobs are in short supply. Though we use several suppliers for our products, these all operate under one roof i.e. they do not outsource any part of the manufacture of our products, thereby cutting down on the environmental damage caused by unnecessary shipping. To maintain our own high ethical and environmental standards we ask our suppliers questions to ensure that they too conform to sound principles, whether this is in the form of the employment of disabled people, solar panelling on the roof or recycling of any waste fabrics, cardboard, chemicals etc or if that is not possible, responsible disposal according to current legislation.
We have chosen natural, unbleached finishes for our products wherever possible and eco friendly water based inks are used with virtually no impact on the environment. The bulk of our cotton is grown in the US & woven in Pakistan at Sapphire Textile Mills which has an excellent environmental & ethical track record supported by certification. Our products are all designed, printed, cut, sewn & packaged in the UK. We are assured that no child labour is used in the factories where the fabrics are made and employment standards are good throughout the supply chain.
Our blank earthenware mugs are produced in China by a company which is a Sedex member i.e. it has transparent practices regarding labour standards, health & safety, the environment & business ethics. The mugs themselves conform to FDA and CA65 standards and the blanks are printed in the UK using high quality, long lasting, water based sublimation inks. Our English bone China mugs are sourced from Stoke-on-Trent by Stokes Croft China, an ethical Bristol-based, community interest company.
Our magnets, badges & key rings are all made entirely in the UK by a company which follows standard health and safety and employment legislation.
Our cards too are printed in the UK on recyclable card and using environmentally friendly water based inks. We use recycled envelopes and recyclable mailing bags when available. In our own office we recycle and re-use packaging as much as possible, a policy which has been continued by our new fulfilment partners, based in the south-east of England.
We vet all our suppliers to ensure that people working for us receive a living wage. Anyone working directly with us is either employed on a freelance basis or on a living wage plus commission.