Making sure our brand values are reflected in manufacturing is important to us.
Is ethical manufacturing something you’ve thought of when buying your bedding?
Probably not. But here at Brolly Sheets, it’s a topic we take seriously. A combination of our Chinese team’s expertise, their superb working conditions and top quality materials result in a product we’re incredibly proud of. But all of this doesn’t come cheaply, and we’ll be the first to admit, that we’re not the cheapest. We believe though, that paying a few extra dollars for your Brolly Sheets bed protectors is worth the investment.
Let us explain why…
We Take Ethical Manufacturing Seriously
Before I started Brolly Sheets, I thought all factories were the same. 12 years later, I know differently.
Let me paint you a picture.
Firstly – the difference between a country factory and a city factory.
China has many large cities. Most you’ll never have heard of, but they can have populations of over 10 million people. The majority of factories are located in these large cities. The factories themselves provide dormitories for their workers to live on site in. Travelling home is too expensive and too far a distance for workers, so sadly, the mostly female workforce is only able to travel home twice a year during the holidays.
For our workers though, the Brolly Sheets factory is in a small country town when the women (and a couple of men) can go home each night to their families.
Secondly - Piece work vs pay per day
In China and other developing nations, most workers get paid per piece that they complete. Workers rush to complete the most work as possible within the time they are there, resulting in low product quality levels and an unpleasant work environment.
The Chinese team who create our Brolly Sheets products are paid per hour of work, just like the other members of our team. It’s important to us that people can laugh and chat with each other, enjoying what they are doing.
Thirdly – Factory conditions
Sweatshops have horrifying conditions for workers, and we’ve all seen examples of these on TV, if not in person.
This isn’t the case for the Brolly Sheets factory though. Small compared to others in China, each of the buildings themselves are large, well-lit and incredibly clean. The worker’s sewing machines are well spaced out, with plenty of space around each individual workstation.
Packaging occurs in a separate room and I’m impressed with the space afforded to workers and their jobs. Folding each Brolly Sheet to fit in the packaging is like doing origami.
Lastly – Family
For over 10 years, James and I have been doing business together. Our families are important to both of us, and together we have grown our businesses. I was honoured to be bestowed with the privilege of giving both of James’ daughter an English name (Catherine and Lily). James’s sister heads up the machinists, and his Dad is there every day making the team lunch.
Brolly Sheets products will never be the cheapest, but our teams are well looked after. The superb quality of our products means they can be brought once, and then passed around between family members when needed.