To borrow a concept from poet John Donne, no company is an island. We can’t do what we do without help from our business associates. Our suppliers are people we have been working with for long time.
Cotton doesn’t grow in Canada, even though we would like it to. As a result, our products are made from cotton grown in the U.S. and Mexico. The shirts are sewn in Canada, Mexico, and the U.S. in reputable factories — not sweatshops!
We are fussy about our inks. We use Plastisol ink because it is extremely versatile and contains no solvents and no phthalates — phthalates are bad! One of the beauties of Plastisol is that very little ink is needed to get an excellent result. The place we get these wonderful inks is Stanley’s in Calgary, Alberta.
And, if someone wants embroidery on a hat or a jacket, we provide that service as well.
Our fritters, the ones that make us so happy every Friday, come from Island Bakery, right here in Cobble Hill.
Who We Support and Why
Giving back to the community is an important part of the culture on Vancouver Island. Whether it is warm clothing to help people in need or donations to a local school or our Cowichan Bay Fire Fighters, we give back in order to be good citizens in our own community.
We offer special pricing for non-profit ogranisations that require our services. It feels especially good to help those that give back.
We also believe strongly in supporting groups and organizations that help protect wildlife and their habitats, wherever those habitats may be. And there are so many organizations that need support! We encourage everyone to find wildlife and nature groups they feel a connection with and support them.
Here are the Groups We Support at HNG.*
Nature Conservancy of Canada: Nature Conservancy works to protect areas of land and water that sup- port wildlife, because without habitats, none of the critters can survive.
Sharkwater: The top of the food chain in the ocean, sharks are universally feared and slaughtered, yet are so crucial to maintaining a balanced eco-system.
Orphaned Wildlife Rehabilitation Society: O.W.L. is a British Columbia organization that helps foster orphaned or displaced birds of prey for rehabilitation and release into the wild. Birds of prey at O.W.L. come mainly from B.C. but also from across Canada and the U.S.
Pacific Northwest Raptor Centre: Located on Vancouver Island, not far from our own HNG facility, PNW Raptors Centre aim to raise awareness for birds of prey and promote conservation through education and wildlife-management programs.
North Island Wildlife Rescue: A Vancouver Island organization, NIWRA is a park-like rehabilitation facility specializing in raptors and black bears that have been injured or orphaned.
*When you make an online purchase with HNG, you are invited to choose one of these groups, and we will donate $5.00 for each adult product purchased and $2.50 for each youth or children t-shirt purchased..