Mission & Values
Our ultimate goal is to reduce textile waste through offering unique & one-of-a-kind zero waste garments to the eco-conscious consumer. At Wyatt House, we value Environmental Sustainability, Comfort, Community, and Education.
We want to encourage our community to shift away from the out of sight out of mind mindset, and towards collective responsibility. When waste gets sent to landfill - it does't disappear. It becomes a burden on our Earth. The Earth's problems are our problems. This is why we only work with second hand and deadstock materials. We believe there are so many resources already available to us, so rather than using new textiles, we choose to transform textiles that already exist into garments that can be loved and worn for a lifetime.
The textiles around us hold stories and past histories. The vintage corduroys, the 90s denim, your grandmothers velvet curtains... they all cary meaning. We document where we source each piece of material and give as much detail into its' possible past. We want people to feel comforted by knowing where their clothing came from – beyond just where it was made or who it was made by. We hope that by knowing some history of a textile, it makes someone feel special and comforted.
Sustainability is not a trend. It is not a new concept either. It is an ancient and Indigenous way of existing with the land, not on the land. We are always learning about how to be a more sustainable business, and we love sharing this educational journey with our community. There is so much more to learn, and so much more room to grow.
Our commitment to environmental and racial justice:
Environmental and racial justice are tightly intertwined. Since June 2020, we have been donating 5% of our profits to the ENRICH (Environmental Noxiousness, Racial Inequities and Community Health) Project run by Dr. Ingrid Waldron through MakeWay Canada.
The ENRICH project addresses environmental racism faced by Mi’kmaq and African Nova Scotian communities. Their mission is to support these communities through community-based research and engagement. Currently, there is limited Canadian-based research on health risks associated with environmental racism.
When we started our sustainable fashion journey, we learned about the toxic effects of fast fashion on the planet, but we have now come to learn that fast fashion can only exist through racial oppression. We also recognize that the effects of pollution weigh more heavily on marginalized communities. Black and Indigenous peoples in Canada are far more likely to live in polluted areas, and we cannot ignore the role that the garment industry has played in this reality. Black and Indigenous people are more likely to live near landfills and industrial plants that pollute their water and air and are thus at a higher risk for developing cancer and respiratory illnesses compared to their white counterparts. This is environmental racism.
We speak about making an environmental impact through shopping sustainably, but we also need to address environmental racism, and the inequities that exist in the sustainable fashion community. Racism, discrimination, cultural appropriation and tokenization of marginalized people are still prevalent in the fashion industry. Donating 5% of our profits to The ENRICH Project is our way of maintaining our commitment to racial and environmental justice. We will continue to put in our effort to share and uplift marginalized voices. We believe that it is important to voice these issues, no matter how small our platform.
If you would like to learn more about the ENRICH project run by Dr. Ingrid Waldron, you can watch her documentary on Netflix (co-produced with Elliot Page): “There’s Something in The Water”. We highly recommend it! You can also visit the website to learn more at https://www.enrichproject.org/