making the most of Bugaboo resources
After we made our sample backpack, we discovered that there was much more surplus fabric available. The only trouble was that it was in the Bugaboo factory in Xiamen, China. Sending it all back to the Netherlands to produce the bags locally would take a lot of time and produce needless CO2 emissions.
So we decided that it was more sensible to leave the fabric where it was, and produce the bags in China. The big advantage to this is that Bugaboo gave us access to their production facilities, logistics setup and a highly skilled and motivated workforce.
The Bugaboo team in China were super helpful. They were very enthusiastic about the design of the bags and really excited about repurposing the surplus fabric into new products. Bugaboo trains all its Xiamen employees in their Responsible Business policies, and runs a range of programs that promote quality of life and a better work-life balance, including:
• A childcare center, health center, and mutual medical insurance
• An extensive learning and career development program
• Free health checks and extra rest time for pregnant women
• Numerous social clubs and regular social events for everyone