Our supply chain
is everyone’s business.

▼Made in Europe

We exclusively source our materials from Europe. Not just because the costs and carbon emissions from transportation are much lower, but also because we want to understand what materials exactly we are using, know the people that are working with us and profit from the efficiency of the processes that our partners use and what impact they have.

What’s the point of using fabrics from recycled PET bottles, but then you ship them all the way from China to Europe. Wouldn’t it be a shame to destroy this positive impact that you’ve already achieved?

If you want to find out more about the materials that we use, check our material exhibition.

▼Our Supply Chain Roadmap

Station 1: Material sourcing

Most of our fabrics come from Italy – the motherland of high quality garments. Even the fabric that we buy from Portugal contains yarn that comes from Italy. We always make sure that the sub suppliers from our suppliers are our friends too – meaning that we have common values and that they aren’t located too far away from the facilities of our suppliers.

The small metal closures we use for our swimwear are made in France and the removable and non-removable pads for the bikinis come from Spain.

Everything else is usually sourced locally – in Portugal – or comes from deadstock already brought to Portugal.

Find out more about our materials in our material exhibition.

Station 2: Handcrafted with love in Lisbon

Since the main WONDA office was located in the heart of Lisbon for the first years, we are lucky to say that we have a very close relationship to our production partner in Lisbon.

The small factory employs 7 lovely seamstresses who are extremely dedicated to creating great products and are always making fun of us when we try to speak in Portuguese with them.

We come by as often as we can to stay in close contact and to know that everyone’s happy.

We are keeping the leftover fabric pieces from the production. Our fabric supplier is currently working on integrating the leftovers back into the recycling process. Until they master this process, we are using them for producing face masks, tie our packages with them or store them until we find a purpose. If you want to use them for your craftwork, please drop us an email.

Station 3: Storage

We used to store our stock in Lisbon, close to where the production took place in order to keep transportation emissions as low as possible.

However, this year we decided to move our business to Germany because logistic was much more reliable and more efficient for us. Also, since most of our customers (approx. 90%) are from northern Europe, we wanted to be closer to our customers.

We always try to make sure that we use the most emission efficient shipping method. But, you know, time doesn’t always play in your cards. Therefore trying is our best bet here.

Station 4: Shipping

All orders get shipped via DHL GoGreen – completely carbon neutral.

▼Packaging

Packaging is a very difficult topic. On the one hand, we obviously want to use as little unnecessary packaging as possible and on the other hand, logistics companies and even the law give you official instructions that make you dealing with that topic in depth.

Although, as a small company, we still don’t have enough bargaining power to pressure on different processes of bigger suppliers, we always complain and annoy everyone who does business with us in order to provide food for thought.

Luckily our production partner is very flexible and creative and therefore so far we managed to remove plastic after from all deliveries from the manufacturing process onwards. If possible, our partner even reuses the carton packages from the material suppliers in order to send our products to Hamburg in the least wasteful way.

For the package that arrives at your door from our storage in Hamburg, we just started a new initiative to reduce the waste problem in online shopping and in another industry: the food industry. We are collecting empty milk boxes from cafes around our office, clean them in a water-efficient way, disinfect them with a natural-based liquid, and reuse them for a completely different purpose.

Thus, don’t be surprised when your post guy brings you a WONDA branded milk bottle to your doorway.

 

Eco-friendly elements of our packaging

– Reused milk box from cafes around our office

– Eco-friendly stickers (PVC-free; eco-friendly glue; certified dyeing; easy to remove to recycle them separately from the box)

– Recycled tissue wrapping paper

– Wax-based plastic-free tape (non-vegan!)