Hatley mission is to create fun, well designed, nature inspired apparel in an ecologically way.
Much of Hatley’s clothing production takes place in Tirupur, India, a city in the south of India with a booming textile industry but much poverty as well. In 2012, Hatley began supporting an orphanage in Erode called Open Door Mercy Home Trust. It houses 22 boys and girls of all ages, and they are all Christian, which is the minority in India. The teacher and owner was an orphan himself, and he and his wife have 2 helpers – the four of them take care of all 22 kids. They are all truly inspiring. The kids go to public school and all study very hard.
The children in the Open Door Mercy Home orphanage do not have much, but they are a very happy family. Hatley helps to provide funding for food, clothing, computers, school supplies, and even a new roof. We have also took them on field trips to surrounding areas the children have never been to. It’s a wonderful place to support. Pandit, one of our suppliers, supports the orphanage on a monthly basis along with several other business partners. This allows the patron, teacher and spiritual leader of the orphanage – Mr. Rajesh – to concern himself less about raising money and instead focus on the important job of educating and raising the children.
After some soul searching, a few well-intentioned ‘green’ initiatives and some consulting fees, we think we have figured out what Hatley and the environment is all about – quality. This is the key factor because it means that the products Hatley makes are designed to last. Your PJs will make it to child number three, four and more. You won’t get tired of laughing at a pair of boxers and your raincoat won’t leak. A Hatley product will always have a place in your home and not in a dumpster.
When Hatley designs a product we try and ensure it’s made from natural fibers, in an environmentally sensitive way and at a facility that shares our values. We visit all the factories involved in making Hatley products. We make it a priority to understand the manufacturing processes, get to know the owners and develop meaningful relationships based on trust.
Our green policy is less about any one thing and more about making thoughtful decisions every day.
North Hatley, (Hatley’s namesake), lies on Lake Massawippi in the Eastern Townships of Quebec. The lake, local tourism and residents have suffered tremendously from the discovery of cyanobacteria in the water. Founded in 2007, the Hatley Massawippi Water Initiative is a program dedicated to helping the local North Hatley community maintain clean and adequate water resources, to protect the health of its local residents in addition to maintaining local industry. Hatley donates a percentage of its profits and resources each year to the Lake Massawippi Water Protection Association, a lobby group that exists in an endeavor to preserve the quality of the lake and its watershed.