Going green for us means taking responsibility for what we do. Have you thought that just a fact of running a small business like ours has a significant impact on the environment? Sourcing materials, making our products in our factory, and shipping all your orders daily — we're continually working to reduce this impact in our business life.
Anastasia, the founder of Wigiwama, answers the main questions about our values and our sustainability journey.
1. WHERE IS WIGIWAMA PRODUCED?
We follow and manage each stage of textile production in our factory in Latvia. Our fabrics are sourced, dyed and printed in Europe, exclusively for us.
This way we manage short - distance production chain and reduce transport related CO2 emissions.
2. WHEN SOURCING FOR NEW PROJECTS, WHAT IS YOUR MAIN FOCUS?
When we source materials, we focus on organic cotton fabrics and recycled textiles and all of them being certified with OEKO-Tex class 1, which is the highest classification in the textile industry. Our filling for beanbags and cushions is non-toxic and hypoallergenic. Although EPS beads are not biodegradable, they can be reused and recycled.
3. WHAT ABOUT PACKAGING, HOW IS THE WIGIWAMA PRODUCT PACKED?
We reduce the use of plastic in every way we can — all our boxes are cardboard, painted with water-based paints, and fully recyclable. We are swatching plastic parcel strapping for recyclable paper tape. Our branded product bags are made from recycled plastic and can be reused in any way you can imagine
4. HOW DO I RECEIVE MY WIGIWAMA DELIVERY?
Your order will be shipped in a CO2-neutral way. For all shipments, we use GoGreen climate-neutral delivery when all transport-related CO2 emissions are calculated and then offset through climate protection initiatives. When possible, the parcel will be delivered by environmentally friendly transport, e.g vehicles on alternative fuels or bikes.
5. WHAT IS SUSTAINABILITY FOR YOU?
Sustainability is about making responsible choices on an everyday basis.
In the ideal world, we want to be 100% sustainable in everything we do. We are not there yet, but we start by being honest with ourselves about our current efforts.