Common Goals is a not-for-profit project, working with bands to raise money and awareness for a whole range of charities!
We ask your (and our) favourite bands to design a lovely and exclusive t-shirt for us, we then sell them and donate all the profits to a charity of their choice. Your favourite bands, their favourite charities!
• To raise money for a diverse selection of charities directly through the sale of t‐shirts designed by a range of musicians.
• To raise awareness of charity organisations; inspiring and encouraging young music fans to gain knowledge of not only the charities, but also their root cause.
• To raise the profiles of the bands we love who share the same ideals and principles as Common Goals.
Common Goals was co-founded in 2012 by Jack Hyde and Nathan Maker.
In January 2017 it was handed over to be run by Alex Hall and Jim Atherton, who also run the Exeter based DIY Punk collective, 'No Seatbelt DIY'.
Alex started up 'No Seatbelt DIY' in November 2014, and has been putting on shows, promoting, releasing compilations and writing zines ever since.
Jim runs a DIY record label in Exeter, 'Circle House Records', founded in 2016. Jim joined No Seatbelt DIY in 2015.
Jack has been part of the UK DIY scene for the best part of 10 years, playing in such bands as Kids Return, and The Cut Ups (and countless more!). He has also made numerous music videos with his own brand of stop-motion animation.
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Nath co-runs No Guts No Glory - an Exeter based shop and community with a DIY and eco-friendly ethos. Since 2009 NGNG has offered a platform for local & national artists, creating an outlet for their work and designing awesome organic tees!
Common Goals apparel produced after 1st January 2017 uses Il Pleut Screen Printing.
Il Pleut is an environmentally conscious screen printing company based in Plymouth. They use environmentally friendly inks, organic based chemicals and all round animal and sweat shop free products. Il Pleut started as a hobby by Dan and Sam, through a love of Punk Rock and printing band t-shirts.
Common Goals apparel produced before 1st January 2017 used Get A Grip Studio.
Sam co-founded Get A Grip back in 2009, and we found out about them because they've printed shirts for so many bands that we know, and have also been printing the No Guts No Glory t-shirts for the past two years!
Get A Grip started from a combination of DIY ethics, ecological thinking and a love of Punk Rock, so it's pretty clear why we've been so keen to work with them! Next time you're looking for some band merch, be sure to check them out - as well as standard shirts, they offer a great range of affordable Organic Cotton tees (like the Common Goals shirts - see below!), and always print using water-based or organic inks.
As well as donating to, and raising awareness of various charities, Common Goals also intends to raise awareness of other causes as well; a huge one of them being the ethically and environmentally responsible production of clothing. We feel that it would be wrong to simply source the cheapest possible garments in order to give a little more to the selected charities, as this would be like condoning the suffering and poor ethical standards in one part of the world in order to provide a little more support for a cause closer to home.
Common Goals apparel produced after 1st January 2017 uses Earth Positive. Earth Positive apparel is organic and ethically made, and manufactured solely using sustainable energy generated from wind and solar power.
Common Goals apparel produced before 1st January 2017 uses Anvil. Anvil were a clothing manufacturer who were very active in being as environmentally and corporately responsible as possible, producing garments made from organically grown cottons that don’t use any toxic chemical treatments which can pollute the surrounding environment for the wildlife and the local inhabitants.
We intend to promote the fact that we opt for a sustainable source of clothing, and also show that it doesn’t cost the earth to think about it a little; our garments are still well within the price range of those of profit-driven organisations, and the quality is far superior as a result of using organic and natural materials.
With every band shirt we sell, we take £5 to cover the cost of the shirt & printing, we use this to pay for reprints of the design and to get new band designs printed and then the remaining £10 goes straight to the charity chosen by the band!
With the Common Goals own logo shirt we take £5 to cover the cost of the shirt & printing but the remaining £5 goes towards paying for the printing of the next band design. So once we sell enough of these we can ask a new band to design a shirt for us. Simple.