We manufacture in small factories in Indonesia where we can see the work being carried out and know the workers are treated well and receive a fair wage. The factory owners are kind people and treat their workers with respect and that matters to us. We are currently looking into bringing some of our manufacturing back home to Australia and hope to have some Aussie made styles to offer next year.
Community Matters and Recycling
We know our customers have the kindest hearts and many of you want to support Aboriginal and Torres Straight Islanders in Australia so they thrive, but are just not sure how to go about it.
There are so many ways you can get involved and we think one of the best ways is to support indigenous communities to grow their businesses. This will improve the lives of families and the whole community. The good news is you can help! If you have any good quality second hand apparel or homewares you can get involved by sending it to one of the social-enterprises involved in the Remote Opshop Project.
Make a connection on Facebook and be part of the beautiful community that supports Australian indigenous culture.
Did you know that at charley vella we don't ship any of our stock in individually wrapped plastic? Instead we line our boxes with large pieces of plastic which are then reused in our warehouse. Over the years we have saved 10s of thousands of plastic sleeves entering the world and we are very proud of this. We will continue to find ways to reduce waste and use recycled products where possible.
Our wholesale orders are placed into sleeves made from vegetable products and we can fit up to 10 items in one sleeve, depending on the size of the garment. The orders are then placed into recycled satchels for delivery.
We use a similar approach with our online orders. Rather than create more waste with calico bags, we simply wrap our orders in recycled paper and attach a hand-written postcard (which is recyclable). We know our customers are practical people and appreciate the heartfelt simplicity of this approach.