Shantou Yufeng Knitting Co. Inc.

Location: Shantou, Dongguan, China
Established: 1994

Inside Shantou Yufeng Knitting Co. Inc. in Shantou, Dongguan, China - one of Underwear for Humanity's ethical manufacturers.

• BSCI (Business Social Compliance Initiative) certified factory. BSC DBID: 365454 and Audit Id: 138177
• Sedex (Supplier Ethical Data Exchange) certificate: 2020CNZAA411187300
• Oeko-tex certified safe dyes certificate: SHGO 071500
• 60% above living wage paid (inc piece work)
• Maternity leave paid
• Thorough building safety procedures and OH&S
• Covid safe plan
• Medical insurance
• Grievance & anti-discrimination procedures with workers representatives to help

Our Makers at YuFeng

  • Lin Hua

    My name is Lin Hua, It has been about 10 years since I sewing the underwear. I like drinking Kongfu Tea, where I can enjoy the tea and social with my friends together.

  • Zhang Min

    My name is Zhang Min, I am a technician and pattern maker, I like music and travelling, working closely with the designers.

  • Lin Jing Hua

    I am Lin Jing Hua, I am a underwear sewing worker, I have been in this line for over 8 years, I like singing and dancing.

Yufeng produced the entire product range of our first Underwear for Humanity collection.

Creating a sustainable range takes genuine partnership and openness from your suppliers. In a murky and non-transparent industry such as fashion, trust is everything. Yufeng is always looking to try new ideas in sustainable production and increase transparency in the supply chain. Not only do they have the skills to make more complex bras and underwear, but they are experienced working with Tencel and can finish products beautifully. The factory has a well-established anti-discrimination policy with clear accessible communication channels and safe working conditions.

This factory is owned by Chuang Jian, who started on the factory floor 20 years ago. Chuang Jian knows every function from sewing, cutting, and machine repairing, to the ins and outs of the design and production process. We know that we can discuss technical finer details with him, and he gets it. His wife, Yingyu Huang, is the mother to 7 children and Vice-President of the business. Together they are excited to be a part of our project – and in a country where the focus is mass-production, that takes special people. During his spare time, Chuang Jian volunteers as the Chairman of their local Lion’s Club assisting local people in need.

Min Zhang, Jing Hua Lin and Hua Lin are the talented makers that sew our range. Base salary and bonuses bring them to 60% over the living wage.

Quanzhou Fuxing Garments Co Ltd

Location: Xiamen, Fujian, China
Established: 2004

• BSCI DBID: 358755 and Audit Id: 201847
• SEDEX (Supplier Ethical Data Exchange): 2020CNZAA408825582
• Oeko-tex certified safe dyes certificate number HK015 132227
• 60% above living wage is paid (inc piece work)
• Maternity leave paid
• Thorough building safety procedures and OH&S
• Covid safe plan – Medical insurance
• Grievance & anti-discrimination procedures with workers representatives to help

Our Makers at Fuxing

  • Chen Bingbing

    I am Chen Bingbing and I have worked for garment for over 25 years. Leisure time, I like dancing and travelling.

  • Qing Shangqin

    My name is Qing Shangqin, I have been engaged in garments for more than 23 years. After
    work, I like cooking and travelling.

  • He Huhua

    I have been engaged in garment for over 12 years, specializing in garment CAD and paper pattern making, as well as being involved in daily production. I enjoy sport and food in my spare time.

  • Li Yinzhen

    I am Li Yinzhen and I am a underwear sewing worker. I have been in this field for over 27 years and used to work as a production manager. In my spare time, I am interested in traditional Chinese medicine and health care.

  • Chen Yongcha

    I am Chen Yongcha, and I have worked in the field of underwear for over 29 years. I enjoy dancing and cooking after work.

Our second manufacturing factory, Fuxing, produces the underwear that is donated 1:1 with every pair sold. We know Fuxing very well, having worked with them on other projects for almost 10 years. We have a close relationship with the owner, Andy, who has been able to create products utilising their ‘deadstock’ materials (fabrics and elastics that are collected from cancelled orders, leftovers or over-orders). This has been able to divert previously lost materials from going to landfill, utilising them to create new garments.

Andy has a lot of experience working with sustainable products. He has been using BCI or organic cotton and Oeko-tex certified dye houses for years, meaning all of our donated underwear can be assuredly toxin-free.

Xiamen (in the Fujian province) is a popular Chinese tourist destination with mountains and ancient temples. One of Andy’s favourite pass times is mountain climbing with his wife and two daughters.

Why not made in Australia?

Whilst we make all of our underwear ethically in China, producing locally would be our ideal. It is difficult with the current infrastructure available in Australia. In the clothing industry almost all sourcing is done offshore, and materials and elastics are nearly all imported. Options for local manufacturing are very limited and underwear is a difficult product to sew and price sensitive.

Retail price is an important factor for most people, if we produced locally our retail prices would be much higher, which means most people would not have access, our sales would be lower and therefore our impact. If we source offshore we can cover the costs for our social and environmental programs and still have a reasonable retail price. It is an ongoing balancing act.

This doesn’t mean we have given up on producing in Australia, we continually investigate ways to use sewing as training and hope that in the future local manufacturing can be a reality.