Sustainability

How do you choose what materials to use?

It is estimated that 62% of all fibres used in the fashion industry are made from a raw synthetic material (made directly from fossil fuels) – mainly polyester, but also nylon, acrylic, polypropylene and elastane.  That’s why we use a premium sustainable-techno material called ECONYL® regenerated nylon from pre- and post- industrial waste. It’s exactly the same as brand new nylon and can be recycled, recreated and remoulded again and again. That means you can create new products and buy new products without having to use virgin fossil fuels. This allows the material to be put back into the economy, one step closer to becoming a fully circular system instead of choking up our oceans and landfills which is what we strive for. It doesn’t just stop there,  all the threading used in our pieces as well as in our labels are OEKO TEX 100 certified, one of the world's best-known labels for textiles tested for harmful substances.

What about microplastics from regenerated nylon?

There’s no denying that microplastics can be derived from synthetic microfibers, even the regenerated ones unfortunately. They are usually released during the machine-washing processes – both industrial and household – from clothes and textiles made from synthetic textiles. Microplastics are a huge concern to human and marine life as well as the natural environment because of just how widespread their presence is. We recommend washing all of your synthetics in a washing bag such as a guppy bag to trap the microplastic particles before they can enter water streams, keeping them out of the oceans. In the meantime, We are constantly staying up to date with the latest environmental studies and tools to help reduce microfiber shedding as well as working towards more plant based materials for our future collections. While no material is 100% sustainable, we are always open to hearing more ideas and ways to improve the sustainability of the fabrics we use!

How do we ensure our factory’s ethical labour certification standards are being implemented regularly?

All our pieces are made in a factory in Sri Lanka. We work with a designated account manager to verify the certification standards. 

 

As a SEDEX member, we are required to be regularly audited and a copy gets sent to us after it is completed. The latest one was conducted in November 2021 and was done using the SMETA (Sedex Members Ethical Trade Audit) ethical audit methodology which encompasses all aspects of responsible business practice. 

 

As for the WRAP certification, the certification is valid for 2 years under the platinum status which the factory achieved. It is up for renewal this January 2022 and has already been approved based on the latest audit done by the team in November 2021. The latest will be issued in the first week of March 2022, which is valid for the next 2 years. Platinum certifications are awarded to facilities that have demonstrated full compliance with WRAP's 12 Principles for 3 consecutive certification audits, this helps us get clarity on fair wages for the garment workers as the principles outlines the accepted international workplace standards.

What are carbon offsets and plastic offsets?

Carbon offsets are a way to compensate for carbon emissions by investing money in projects that cancel out the emission of carbon dioxide from a certain activity. Similarly, plastic offsets is based on the idea that brands like us can offset or compensate their plastic consumption, even regenerated plastic consumption, by purchasing plastic credits or directly funding social and environmental projects working with plastic waste.

How do we verify our carbon and plastic credits?

We work closely with our offset partners, Ecologi and Seven Clean Seas.

 

Ecologi only funds offset projects which meet the highest verification standards, such as Gold Standard or Verified Carbon Standard. Ecologi also provides a dashboard system for brands to log onto and track their impact via the specific projects they invest in. The dashboard gives full transparency over the projects and clarity on exactly how our carbon credits are being used.

Seven Clean Seas is committed to cleaning the oceans with waste management projects whilst simultaneously lifting the world’s most vulnerable out of the informal sector and out of poverty. Their project in Bintan, Indonesia is certified by the standards of Ocean Bound Plastic, which is strictly audited by Control Union. The certification ensures:

1. No Child Labour 

2. No forced or compulsory labour

3. Compliance with National Law 

4. Waste pickers paid a fair wage 

5. Ensure proper collection from the environment 

6. Ensure the proper handling of waste

7. No leakage or re-release into the environment

You can find our carbon and plastic credit certifications for our gold dust collection on our sustainability page.

How many pieces are we producing?

Slow fashion encompasses an awareness and approach to fashion that considers the processes and resources required to make clothing. It advocates for buying better-quality garments that will last longer, and values fair treatment of people, animals, and the planet along the way. 

 

Taking into consideration the amount of clothes we are producing, We intend to produce only the minimum required quantity from the factory. This allows us to keep our production rate as low as possible such that we don’t have any deadstock that would end up in landfills while also being able to work with a factory that is ethical and requires a certain amount to also be able to pay their garment workers fairly.

Why are our pieces priced relatively higher than other brands?

Today, Fast fashion has taught us to expect that a top should cost less than $10, that we can buy cheap with new collections should be constantly dropping — McKinsey has observed as many as 52 “micro-seasons” in a single year. The rapid production and overconsumption of clothing  is also one of the primary contributors of global pollution, responsible for 10% of the world’s carbon emissions, which is more than the emissions from all international flights combined! The cheap prices we are so used to seeing from large fast fashion companies do not take into account the hidden costs of producing such large quantities of clothing in such short amounts of time, this includes utilizing child labour and paying factory workers pennies. In fact, the fashion industry funnels more money towards modern slavery than any other industry outside of tech. 

 

The alternative is to have a sustainable and transparent supply chain, which means producing less and selling at a higher price point.

All our pieces at Wild About take into consideration everything that goes into making our pieces ethical and sustainable including: 

> Making our clothes out of premium recycled fabrics that last for a long time - we encourage reusing your pieces as much as possible and buying only what you need :) 

> Fair pay and ethical treatment for all our garment workers

> No child labour 

> The cost of regenerated nylon fabric vs raw nylon - the process of regeneration can cause a cost hike in the fabrics we use

> Taking into account all our carbon and plastic consumption by purchasing offset credits

> Recycled packaging, FSC-certified tags and OEKO TEX 100 certified threadings 

Where can I find out more?

Shoot us a detailed email at hello@wildaboutcollective.com and our team can connect you with the right person.  

PAYMENT

What types of payments do you accept?

> CREDIT CARDS We accept Visa, Mastercard, American Express, Discover, and JCB. Please note, cards issued by local banks which do not carry one of these logos will not be accepted by our global processing service, in which case we recommend PayPal as an alternative.

> PAYPAL 

> E-GIFT CARDS & DISCOUNT CODES You can also use discount codes or a Wild-E Gift Card. Each gift card carries a code you can easily enter when completing checkout.

Are my payments secure?

We stay up-to-date with the latest in security technologies to ensure that your credit card information, contact information and shipping/billing information are confidential and safe.

What is the currency used to process payments?

All products and payment options are in USD.

Sizing

What Size am I?

Please refer to our sizing chart on each of our product pages. We recommend using a tape measure to find your perfect fit.

 

Quick Styling Tips: 

> If you're on the borderline between two sizes, we suggesting choosing the smaller size for a tighter fit or the larger size for a looser fit. 

> If your measurements for bust and waist correspond to two different suggested sizes, choose the size indicated by your bust measurement.

> For the unitard features a snug fit top. If you’re heavier chested, go for a larger size to secure the ladies well or choose to flaunt them with a smaller fit that hugs your bottom half well.

Product Care

How do I take care of my Wild About pieces?

At Wild About, we create quality pieces built to last. Proper care of our pieces will help increase its longevity.

For machine washing, we recommend the following:

> Wash in a mesh laundry bag

> Wash warm on synthetic cycle (40°C or below)

> Do not use fabric softener

> Do not bleach

> Do not tumble dry

> Iron cool

> For dry cleaning, any solvent except Trichloroethylene

We recommend washing all of your synthetics in a washing bag such as a guppy bag to trap the microplastic particles before they can enter water streams, keeping them out of the oceans.

How do I wash the bra paddings from our Gold Dust Collection?

All our bras come with removable paddings. Hand washing is the best way to maintain their shapes. However, they are still machine washable. It is preferable to remove the paddings and hand wash them separately. Otherwise, please follow machine washing instructions.