Our Values

Hi there! I'm Paul, the founder of Golden Buoy.

I launched the first three t-shirt designs in March 2020 at the start of lockdown, with the simple aim of building a brand that I'd be happy to wear myself.

I'm hugely passionate about promoting ethical and sustainable business practices and have ensured Golden Buoy was built with these core values from day one. There's plenty more to be done in this space, and I'm constantly looking at areas where improvements can be made.

Take a look below at the brand values in greater detail, and please feel free to get in touch if you have any suggestions for me.

Paul, Founder of Golden Buoy

Every Purchase Funds Lifesavers

The RNLI have saved over 140,000 lives since they began in 1824 and continue to battle the elements to assist water users every day. They do an incredible job, especially with the majority of their crews being volunteers, so I'm giving them £1 from every t-shirt sold.

Biodegradable Packaging

All Golden Buoy orders are sent out in UK-made paper bags which can be placed in your household recycling, or mixed with soil to biodegrade. Should you need to return anything to us the bags can be reused, then I’ll take care of the recycling at this end. The only additional item in each order is a thank you note made out of seeded paper, which can be planted to grow your own mini herb garden!

Minimal Waste

Ever wonder why clothes come with tags and labels that you instantly cut off and throw in the bin? I've never understood that either, so I don't use them. I also don't store or send any products in plastic sleeves, they're ready to use straight out of the postal package with nothing to throw away.

Ethical Manufacturing

The production lines that Golden Buoy tees are made on have been independently verified by the Fair Wear Foundation, a non-profit organisation that ensure ethical practices for garment manufacture. This means the t-shirts have been made in a safe environment by people who are paid fairly. 

Quality Control

I spent months sourcing the best quality tees that meet high ethical standards and think you'll be as impressed with them as I was. All orders are fulfilled by me in-house so I can make sure I'm happy with the products being sent out.

Supporting Talent

As a former competitive dinghy sailor and water sports instructor, I'm on a mission to get as many people on the water as possible. From supporting clubs with grassroots events, all the way through to sponsoring athletes and national race meets, I'm stoked to be a part of a fantastic community. Want to learn how Golden Buoy can get involved with your event? Drop me a message!