What are Wunderwerk’s fair trade criteria?
Our fair trade criteria are: No discrimination in employment, child labour is not used, living wages are paid, hours of work are not excessive, working conditions are decent (safe and hygienic working environment), employment relationship is established (e.g. paying social security laws). Wunderwerk has long-term partnerships with the factories and maintains a frequent contact.
Wunderwerk works with 15 to 20 factories and with most of them for over seven to ten years. Furthermore Wunderwerk works with fabric,- yarn-, and trim suppliers to obtain the best quality.
Wunderwerk produces mainly in EU-countries (Italy, Germany, Greece, Poland and Portugal).
How often do you visit the factories you work with?
The Wunderwerk production team visits the factories 1-3 times a year to see to the production and discuss the collection and developments of new fabrics as well as checking working conditions. Wunderwerk also invites suppliers to its headquarter to involve them in the whole process and company DNA.
In which countries do you produce the Wunderwerk collections?
Portugal and Greece: because it’s our aim to support the economies of weak European Union countries.
Italy, Poland and Germany: because of the regional production and quality.
Tunisia: Where we have a long-lasting faithful partnership with our denim supplier. The factory we work with is run by a German owner who has been producing in Tunisia for over 20 years and who is not only a denim-specialist but also strongly sustainability-minded. The denim factory we work with is a pioneer of eco-friendly denim-washing-technologies (e.g. ozon machines, Laser etc.).
Peru: because of specific availability of Alpaca and Pima Cotton.
What kind of silk do you use in the collections?
The silk we are using is conventional (with a minimum standard of Oekotex 100). The finishing and printing/dying is done in Germany.
What kind of wool do you use in the collections?
Most wool we are using comes from Patagonia and is GOTS-certified. Other wool comes from the UK, Portugal, Spain and Uruguay. All wool we use is mulesing-free – as human, animal and natural-friendly production is very important to us.
Which sustainable fabrics did you help to develop?
Modal Edelweiss, which is a beautiful sustainable alternative for Modal fabric. It’s made from regional and sustainable forestry, much better than the mechanical plantation industry like in Central Africa for instance. Therefore we prefer to use Modal Edelweiss and Tencel as often we can use and find it.
Are there any exciting developments in sustainable fabrics and production we can expect for the coming collections?
Meanwhile we have a wide range of sustainable fabrics, own yarns and denims developed but we are always testing new fibres and fabrics. We recently launched the first organic jogg-denim and we will be showing pants made out of elastic tencel in our Fall/Winter ’17 collection.
In what way does your knowledge and input help the fashion industry become more sustainable and fair?
Wunderwerk proves the compatibility of modern trends and sustainability. We have cooperations with yarn- and fabric manufacturers and with our competitors because all of us want to make sustainable products competitive.
We will shortly announce our development of sustainable and compostable polybags which will be made available to all fashion brands who are interested. If you know that every piece of clothing is normally separately packed in plastic polybags for shipment, it isn’t hard to imagine how much the plastic waste in the fashion industry can be reduced if these bags are replaced by a sustainable alternative.