What is Product Stewardship?
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"IN THE FASHION INDUSTRY, 10-20% OF ALL FABRIC ENDS UP AS OFFCUTS IN LANDFILL."
It's our aim to minimise waste at every opportunity. We save all the Thunderpants scraps and give them a new life in various different ways, helping keep them out of landfill and promoting reusability. We feel it's all about businesses taking responsibility for the products they make, sell and buy so they’re not ending up in landfill.
We get lots of ties of our lovely organic fabric tied around the bundles of Thunderpants. They make great ties for gifts and are free from toxic chemicals so safe in kids toys.
Our fabric is 90-100% organic cotton so the ties make excellent garden ties for your fruits and veges.
Look how colourful and cute they look and even better yet, they break down over time!
A lot of people also get in touch about receiving Thunderpants scraps for various craft uses. From stuffing cushions and puffs, to creating hooked or sewn up rugs, there are so many ways you could use the offcuts and we'd love to hear your suggestions.
We have many people use them in the garden as the best mulch ever. Pop a nice thick layer under bark and you wont have to worry about watering your trees during dry spells. Please keep away from waterways though due to the spandex content.
One of the owners of Thunderpants put so much on her newly planted trees that after the initial watering they didn't need watering in Martinborough for over a year! This was three years ago and these trees are now more of a forest.
Bags of scrap are sent anywhere in the North Island that accepts couriers, no P O Box or Rural addresses sorry. The bags themselves are free, we only charge the courier fees to get them to you.
LOCALS CAN PICK UP AS MUCH SCRAP AS THEY LIKE GRATIS, ORDER THEM ONLINE AND SELECT PICK UP AS DELIVERY. WE WILL PLACE THEM OUTSIDE THE GATE FOR PICK UP WHENEVER YOU LIKE AT THUNDERPANTS HQ IN MARTINBOROUGH.
Have you heard about our Patchwork Pants? These pants are a glorious mix & match of all the bits of fabric not quite big enough for normal use and potentially sewn up with leftover thread colours not currently in use.
We think any slightly unfavourable colour combination is more than made up for by the feel-good properties of planet saving !
We've teamed up with the beautiful Danu Natural who reuses our Thunderpants material to create these cute little bags for her reusable bamboo period pads! All Danu products follow the simple principle of wear, wash and reuse and are proudly plastic free.
Another awesome business that has reused our scap are Offcut. These guys are a leading example of how we can buy and consume less.
A lot of us are already routinely interacting with a product stewardship scheme of some sort without being aware of it. What we need to continue doing is looking ahead at the life span of the products we're consuming and where they're likely to end up when we're finished with them.
It's safe to say that as a society, we hope to get to a place where if products cannot be reused, recycled or composted, we shouldn't be making them.
As always we'd love to hear your thoughts, suggestions and feedback.
Love from all the team at Thunderpants x