Use NZ based manufacturers and suppliers where possible
The New Zealand textile sector is diminishing steadily every year. Thunderpants would like to do its bit to keep as much expertise and knowledge in NZ for future generations and to support smaller operators in particular. This means choosing a NZ-based option over an offshore option where we can.
Use fair-trade/organic cotton, with current certification, for all bulk production
Empowering people, being fair and supporting communities are essential values of the Thunderpants culture so by adhering to the ILO (International Labour Organisation) and Ethical Trading Initiative standards the Fairtrade certification ensures all workers involved in the production of Thunderpants cotton can expect the following standards
- freedom of association and the effective right to collective bargaining
- absolutely no forced or compulsory labour
- absolutely no child labour
- absolutely no discrimination
- a safe and hygienic work environment
- be paid a living wage
- reasonable hours for both work and overtime
- to be treated humanely with no violence , harassment or abuse
- to be engaged in regular employment
To see a full description of these standards click on the link below and read the summary on pages 9-11 https://www.fairtrade.net/fileadmin/user_upload/content/2009/standards/documents/generic-standards/FibreCrops_SPO_EN.pdf
CULTIVATING GOOD RELATIONSHIPS
Always put people before profit
At Thunderpants relationships with staff, suppliers, manufacturers and customers are key to the company core values and there is an expectation for the following standards to be met over and above the fair-trade standards.
- open, honest and respectful relationships with staff, suppliers, manufacturers and customers
- ensure that supplier payments and customer refunds are made in a timely manner
- provide wages above the living wage standard and being living wage accredited
- offer flexible working hours and job-share opportunities
- provide a fair and friendly workplace which is dog friendly, fun and supportive
- allow all Thunderpants employees a paid day off for their birthday
- create a brand that allows staff and suppliers to be proud of their association with Thunderpants
INCLUSIVE AND DIVERSE
Ensure Thunderpants products and marketing are inclusive to people of all sizes, genders and ethnicity
Thunderpants stands by inclusivity, championing minorities and supporting other organizations that do the same. Thunderpants has shown its support to various causes and organisations through the Philanthropants range and collaborations.
Create hard wearing products at a fair price providing “good value” for the end user
We are part of the ethical fashion revolution - cheap prices almost always means someone along the supply chain is paying through losing quality of life and human rights. We pride ourselves on the longevity and quality of our products.
Help educate the public about the importance of being conscious consumers
Every opportunity is taken to raise awareness of the choices we have to minimise the impact we have on our planet. Specifically, we like to regularly review and share where we have taken steps to improve or make changes to lessen our ecological and social footprint throughout the lifecycle of our products.
CAREFUL ABOUT CARBON
We are almost carbon neutral!
On June 6th 2018 Thunderpants signed an open letter in support of the New Zealand government’s commitment to get Aotearoa, New Zealand to zero net emissions by 2050. We’re proud to be rising to the challenge alongside over 200 other businesses, community organisations and leaders.
Thunderpants has also committed to offsetting the carbon emissions involved in the production and life cycle of a pair of Thunderpants. This is underway with process likely to be finished by January 2019.
We engaged the services of Thinkstep to calculate the carbon footprint of a pair of Thunderpants.
Their report is currently being independently verified by Catalyst
The intention is to offset carbon emissions through Ekos, helping to conserve our native forests
Thinking about how we can continue to minimise our waste to landfill
Thunderpants is an online sales business which means every order has to be packaged in a mailer to be delivered to the purchaser. Unable to find a viable non plastic, eco-friendly option for supply in NZ Thunderpants imports Eco-enclose mailers (recycled and recyclable), from the USA by the pallet. We have also purchased on behalf of others whose requirements were not great enough for an entire pallet! https://www.ecoenclose.com/shop/mailers/kraft-mailers/
All the Thunderpants fabric offcuts are repurposed - bags are given away or purchased online (for the cost of the freight).
Thunderpants products can also be repurposed after use for a variety of things. It is suggested that the gusset may want to be removed from the undergarments before repurposing. Some ideas for repurposing are cleaning rags, crafting, stuffing things, garden ties, mulch (away from waterways due to the spandex content).
The Thunderpants HQ and workroom chooses only eco-friendly products, buying in bulk where possible, minimising the use of single-use plastics and composting food waste.
COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT AND SUPPORT
Support our community - give out, give back and get involved
Thunderpants is proud to support our local schools, community groups and events in our town and wider district. We have supported (financially, with product, or in-kind) many small and large community initiatives and events such as Boomerang Bags Martinborough, ‘Plastic bag free’ Martinborough, school fairs and events, charity morning teas, church fairs, sports teams (e.g. netball, roller derby), environmental organisations, and humanitarian organisations.
Thunderpants is involved in an ongoing collaborative project with Boomerang Bags Martinborough, opening up the workroom as a base for sewing bees, fabric storage and by using our web presence and contacts to share and promote Boomerang Bags movement locally and beyond our town. Thunderpants and Boomerang Bags together joined forces with key local businesses to roll out a project that had the ambitious goal for Martinborough town to become plastic bag free. Thunderpants was a vital link in being able to develop and deliver the ‘Martinborough Bag’ which every household in the town received, as a way to promote and support residents in the phasing out of single-use plastic bags.
Thunderpants also supports or has supported specific charity organisations through our Philanthropants projects where products, portions of sales or other financial support is given towards these campaigns, see below:
HEALTH AND SAFETY
Promoting a safe working environment for our staff
Physical hazards are identified and managed - training is provided in specialist equipment and machinery, and safe site management training is given to every staff member. First aid training is offered to staff, workspaces are managed to ensure comfort and good ergonomics. We check in with any health and safety issues in our regular team meetings and take steps to manage any new hazards or issues.
Mental hazards are identified and managed - Thunderpants supports staff mental health by creating a working environment that promotes work/life balance and flexibility - this is done through the family and pet friendly workspace, availability of part time roles, job share opportunities, and flexible working hours. Our staff are an extension of our family and we care deeply about their mental health.