Zero Negativity is a family run, sustainable clothing business based in Bolton, Lancashire (or Greater Manchester depending on who you ask), set up by Dan, a former police officer struggling with depression, anxiety and PTSD, who was determined to create a better life for himself and others.
We initally began life as a fashion brand, giving one item away to charity for every one we sold. We still do this through our own-branded ZNC Collection, however we realised without a million pound marketing budget and a steady stream of Love Islanders, we couldn't really make the dent in the clothing industry we'd hoped for.
We don't want to encourage anyone to buy clothing they don't need, so we thought about organisations that already buy lots of clothing for legitimate reasons, and set about trying to educate them on the environmental impact of their choices. The numbers are astounding. You can see the information about this on the 'Impact' pages.
Bolton has historic links to the cotton trade, and was the birthplace of the Spinning Mule machine used to spin cotton in to yarn, we've even named our local Wetherspoons after it! Elephants are the symbol of Bolton - it's a mystery as to why but one theory is that it's due to the cotton trade with India!
Zero Negativity's principles are exactly what it says on the tin - to avoid having a negative impact at any stage of our business. In fact, we want to create positive impacts and opportunity wherever we can. This ranges from the way our garments are manufactured, the fact we only use sustainable materials, and the inks we use to decorate clothing, to giving opportunities to student designers, supporting causes we believe in (mental health, climate change, LGBT rights to name a few), and using only plastic-free packaging.
Our logo explains everything about us - the circle representing our commitment to recycling and reusing materials wherever we can, the earth being a symbol of our mission to reduce the negative impact clothing production has on the world, and the elephant representing our hometown of Bolton and our carbon-neutral partner factory in India where the majority of our garments are produced.
You can get to know us a little better by reading about the team here.