Being open, honest and transparent is super important to the team at STOKEDNZ!
Whilst we aren't perfect, we are trying our best to operate an ethical business that considers the impact of our operations on both people and the environment.
WE WANT TO KNOW WHO MAKES OUR TOWELIES
Our Towelies are made in Turkey. Every step from the Cotton being grown through to the finished Towelies you see on our website! I (Debs) and Mr STOKEDNZ (Gary) have personally been over to the factory, met the humans making our Towelies, hugged it out with them (well I did, Gary isn't much of a hugger), taken them gifts, yarned to them about life, actually seen with my own eyeballs their working conditions and shared many cups of tea, as this stuff is important to us!
Our factory also:
Is fully compliant with Turkish Laws and tax regulations
Pay company and employee taxes
Pays annual leave and over time
Does not exploit children!
Treats all employees with respect and dignity
The humans making our Hooded Towel Ponchos are a crucial part of our business, because happy staff make epic quality Towelies, right?
NEW ZEALAND DESIGNED
Whilst we would love to manufacture our Towelies here in NZ (you can't grow Turkish Cotton here obviously, or to our knowledge any cotton) AND we tried! We actually spent months in conversation with many NZ companies, some didn't turn up to scheduled meetings, others didn't answer emails, this was an incredibly frustrating few months. If you know of a possible option going forward, reach out. We would love to reinvestigate!
All of our cotton has the Oeko-Tex Certification ( a global standard), meaning the textiles and fabrics are free of harmful chemicals and safe for human use.
TAKE A LOOK BEHIND THE SCENES AT OUR FACTORY
All of our Towelie wrappers are printed on recycled card using Soy based Inks, same goes for our business cards!
We are transitioning over to compostable courier bags in every size, we are already using these in some sizes and others we are just finishing off before we purchase all compostable bags. (Throwing something plastic away doesn't actually get rid of it, so we may as well use them).