sustainability - who cares wins
The materials we use to make our products are just a tiny part of what makes us a sustainable business. We think companies can and should do a lot more with their platform and profits. So we do.
We exist to help people access the outdoors.
We do this through The Wildish Club. We say "It’s a bit like cubs, but for everyone."
Like any good club there are badges, adventures and skill sharing. It serves as a way to not just connect with the outdoors but help forge connections with others.
Read what our members think about the wildish club
"Moving from West Yorkshire to North Yorkshire was quite a jump for me, knowing hardly anyone in the area, or what to do with my free time, Wildish has not only become my second home, but a place to explore and connect with the outdoors in a way I have always wanted to, but never quite had the guts or knowledge to do! Fly fishing, walks, art, and meeting new people, now friends! are all thanks to the wildish club!
Without the wildish club I don’t think I could of stuck out North Yorkshire and I would of stayed indoors all winter, I can’t wait to see what summer will be like with the wildish club! Thank you for making me less isolated!"
If you make something, you harm the planet. It doesn't matter how "sustainable" your materials are, or how far your products are transported. We try our best to mitigate this harm.
We make products to last a lifetime, use sustainable materials as much as possible, and are on a journey to becoming "glocal". But this just isn't enough for us. We know we can do more. So we invest in carbon offsetting activities through Ecologi, either designed to remove greenhouse gases from the atmosphere (often referred to as carbon sequestration) or prevent their release.
You can see our growing forest and offsetting activities here.
We also plant trees in woodlands close to our base in the Yorkshire Dales.
We believe the only sustainable way to sell something is if it’s made and sold locally. So that’s what we are working to do. All our bags are currently made by master bag makers in the UK.
Our goal is to have local bag makers across the world, making and selling our bags from materials local to their area and we will be spending 2023 finding those makers.
Working as a 'glocal' company means we wont be making huge quantities of disposable products, we will markedly reduce our carbon impact and we will personally know every single person that makes our bags.
Repair. Reuse. Recycle.
Our bags are made to last a lifetime, but we get that not everyone wants to keep something that long. To avoid your bag ending up in the back of the closet, or worse, the bin, we will take your bag back in exchange for BearMade credit (10% of the bags original value) that can be used on future orders.
We will then take your bag apart and reuse everything we can. We choose our materials based on longevity, so even if they are a bit weather-beaten, they can be recycled into something interesting and new.
As part of our lifetime guarantee we offer free repairs on manufacturing defects and will repair wear and tear at a fair price.