Help for Haiti on the way as ethical fashion firm takes off

Dave Lees and Stephen Mitchell with some of the eco shirts they have created with their fashion firm, Disaster Wear, that will donate profits to projects in Haiti.
Dave Lees and Stephen Mitchell with some of the eco shirts they have created with their fashion firm, Disaster Wear, that will donate profits to projects in Haiti.

YOU don’t have to give the shirt off your back to help people in Haiti – you can buy one from Barkisland brothers David and Paul Lees instead.

Their new ethical fashion firm Disaster Wear is now taking orders, with almost a quarter of the profits going to community-based relief projects in the earthquake-hit nation.

They set up the company after David spent a month volunteering there with Grass Roots United. He plans to fly back out later this year to decide where the cash will be best spent.

“With that money we’ll be able to buy medical supplies and proper cleaning kits, because cholera is a big problem out there with the lack of sanitation,” said the 25-year-old.

“Hopefully with the funds we’ll have some left over to help with some building projects as well.

“The new government has kicked everyone out of the tent cities so basically people have nowhere – rebuilding is still very much a priority.”

The polo shirts and T-shirts are made of organic, fair trade cotton and come in a range of colours. They each bear a logo of four circles representing natural and water-related disasters, fire and war.

Prices start from £24.99 and 22.5 per cent of the profits from their sale will go directly to help communities in Haiti.

For more information or to place an order, search for Disaster Wear on Facebook or follow @DisasterWear on Twitter.