Environmentally conscious and socially acceptable manufacturing
We are very pleased that you are interested in our HOPPEDIZ® baby slings, and that you would like to know more. Below we have explained some production steps and have provided photographs to give you an idea regarding the quality standard of the HOPPEDIZ® baby slings – from the weaving right up to the finished product. Weaving and cultivation of cotton in India is almost as ancient as the entire Indian culture. It was from India that cotton commenced its triumphal course, and cotton still forms an inherent part of the Indian culture. And India is one of those countries where high quality fabrics are to date still woven on large hand looms in a traditional manner. Those large hand looms are the pride and joy of extended families who regarding Indian living conditions make a superior living from their work.
Most of the cotton used for our HOPPEDIZ® baby slings comes from conventional crop. For ecological reasons and due to the interest of our customers we offer some parts of our range of products also as COC (controlled organic crop) cotton (for further information click here).
The modern dye works we cooperate with only use premium quality, unobjectionable dyes free from heavy metals (it is not without reason that our baby slings rated “VERY GOOD” in the ÖKO-Test magazine’s Yearbook for Small Children in the years of 2005 and 2006).
In addition, the dye works are equipped with technically advanced wastewater recycling units which are subject to the latest environmental laws. The plant is regularly examined by the competent authorities, and the licence will be withdrawn immediately in the event of any violation.
After yarn dyeing which guarantees high intensity of colour, the yarns are delivered to the weaving works where they are woven with long-lived experience.
These looms are used over many generations, and they are repaired and maintained by the weavers themselves. The master weaver is responsible for a correct feeding of the yarn and for an optimal setup of the looms. Weaving is done by journeypersons disposing on long-lived experience.
After having received an overall rating of “VERY GOOD” from ÖKO-Test in their Yearbook for Small Children in the years 2005 and 2006, demands for our slings increased considerably.
Meanwhile our baby slings are that popular that we are no longer able to cope with the high demand by means of production in our handloom works. For this reason, our baby slings have been exclusively machine produced – of course saying WITHOUT child labour – ever since summer 2007!
The extended families who had hand woven our slings until summer 2007, still support us. The sample collections and short runs are still produces on their handlooms (also WITHOUT child labour).
If we were to ignore the ecological and social standards, we would be able to produce our slings at considerably lower cost. However, that is not our aim, and least of all our philosophy.
After weaving the “continuous” slings are transported to our subsequent manufacturing plant where they are thoroughly tested by female quality inspectors. Torn or loose threads are detected, and the fabric is either reworked or rejected.
The HOPPEDIZ® baby sling is subsequently cut to the desired length (with additional length allowance for shrinkage).
The fabric lengths are seamed in the tailoring workshop, and labelled. Thus they are a “finished” HOPPEDIZ® baby sling.
Since May 2005 our partner has been certified ISO 9001. This is an international standard that is only awarded to plants with a corresponding quality assurance system which must be demonstrated on an annual basis. Our partner also employs some handicapped persons which is quite unusual for India. Hence we particularly support his commitment.
Our HOPPEDIZ® Baby Slings are not pre-shrunk after weaving. This production step is dispensable and expensive, and causes unnecessary environmental pollution due to the resulting soap suds. For this reason, HOPPEDIZ® Baby Slings are slightly longer than stated before the first wash, and only have the stated length after this.
During final inspection, all cloths are closely and carefully examined one last time by means of a light table.
Since this is the work of humans and not of machines, it may occur that a fault is overlooked. If a faulty sling is delivered to our customer despite this examination, we will of course take it back and will ensure rapid replacement.
As soon as the HOPPEDIZ® baby slings have been put through their paces, they are ironed, packed, and prepared for delivery.
Since we cannot always be on site personally, the whole production process – from dyeing, beyond weaving, right up to delivery – is monitored by quality inspectors.
It goes without saying that our baby slings are manufactured without child labour. Child labour is still one of the most haunting and prevalent prejudices when it comes down to products made in India. Since we are parents ourselves, we attach great importance to protecting children against child labour. There are surely places in India where children must go to worm BUT WE GUARANTEE THAT THIS IS NOT THE CASE WITH US!
We could, of course, sell our slings at higher prices. But why should we do that? Our topmost concern is to enable as many parents as possible to carry and as many children as possible to be carried in a very good, affordable sling. A sling must not be a luxury product but must be affordable for young families.
An excellent price to performance ratio does not necessarily mean reductions in quality, ignoring the environment or social injustice.
Should you have any further questions do not hesitate to send us an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
On this note, we wish all those carrying and being carried a lot of fun.
Annette & Ingo Schröder