Offering Safety Tested and Ethically Made Cloth Nappies and Accessories
I spent along time considering the different production options available when I was launching Bells Bumz.
I chose to out source to China as being a single mother who was unable to afford to cloth my son was a horrible feeling. Financially I felt that £20+ per nappy was too much for the market to become mainstream.
I can say I have tried to ensure that I have looked at every aspect of my business to accomplish safe, high quality and affordable products while maintaining decent manufacturing conditions.
I provide work for many Chinese families as at the end of the day we all wish to provide for our families regardless of where we are born and all deserve the same.
My product and public liability insurance covers myself as a manufacturer and also covers full products. A lot of lower cost insurance companies will cover you with “rights to recourse” or not cover you as if you were the manufacturer. This means that’s you have to claim direct from the factory for the insurance company, and as a Chinese factory has no legal obligation this means you are not fully covered in my eyes. So with the level of cover I have I am confident that’s any companies that deal with myself are fully covered selling my products where as if I didn’t have this level then they would also not be fully covered selling my products.
I am a great believer that everyone should be able to afford to cloth and this does not mean lowering the quality or manufacturing working conditions. Why shouldn’t you be able to provide the best without paying through the roof? I believe everyone should have the same opportunities & by making my brand affordable while retaining the same quality of higher cost nappies would help accomplish making cloth mainstream.
What this does mean is lower profit margins. Now my pricing means I retain decent products and I do make a small profit. With all the hard work I do expect to earn a living as being able to spend more time with Zachary is my ultimate goal. However, it was important to me that this doesn’t mean I have to sacrifice my beliefs by over charging for products that should be more widely affordable for everyone who wishes to use. I feel very strongly that I want everyone to use cloth should they wish.
It’s very sad but people do believe an inflated price tag means higher quality where this is not always the case they just make more profit.
Yes I could of gone down the route of microfibre mix and made lower cost nappies. I chose to offer products I believe to be decent quality, using natural fibres, without the risk of compression leaks and ensuring that the products I make work. So as not to put people off who are just starting out and do not know the levels of absorbency in materials. As a such you will find NO microfibre in any of my products. In exchange to compensate for flooders you will find cotton.
My Pul is high quality and is manufactured using heat and pressure, some use chemicals to make and as per my safety checks shows these are not made using any nasty chemicals and only made using heat.
I have had tours of my factory. I have a fantastic relationship with my contact and laugh and joke about our families.
I do know they have time off for their own festivities and all production lines are halted during these times. I wouldn’t have this any other way as people should have fair working conditions and time to spend with their family’s on important occasions.
I have also had a third party inspection report on the factory and it’s a lovely read. I have ensured that there is no child labour, clean & safe working conditions and decent working hours. The nappies are all hand made and the factory has a lovely friendly personal feel to it. I speak with lovely David weekly and we have laughs and jokes about my own stress levels wanting everything to be perfect.
Now with regards to safety I am very particular about what I use on Zachary and as a such would not put anything on my own lovely boy without knowing that they are not only comfortable but also safe. I have had numerous testers and samples, working with the factory to tweak and improve my designs. Also, to ensure you all my nappies are completely safe as I have had extensive laboratory checks by SGS in the UK on materials used in them to ensure my products are to a UK safety standard. A lot of Chinese factories use US levels and unfortunately these are a lot lower safety standard then what we uphold within the UK. This isn’t a legal obligation this is an obligation to my own beliefs to know that I can sleep soundly with the knowledge there are no nasties in my nappies.
Where possible I have my products shipped via train as this will reduce the amount of emissions then using full air fair. I felt why try to manufacture an eco friendly product and then contribute to emissions by transporting via air constantly. So I choose other options where possible to keep this to a minimum. I want to try and retain this beautiful world for my son and hopefully for his very own family some day. I’m sure everyone will know that time is also money but again I am trying my very best to save on carbon print.
You will also find zero packaging for my nappies. This not only adds to waste but also cost so I deemed it unnecessary.
I have used plant based biodegradable and non toxic bags to send them out. Included will be my care cards which are made from bio-top paper which is EU Ecolabel certified and completely chlorine free. It’s biodegradable.
I just want everyone to know that yes my pricing may be lower than a lot of brands out there, BUT this doesn’t mean I have not provided a quality product or that I am complacent about the working conditions in the factory where they are made. I am not perfect by a long shot but I can happily say I have done everything in my power to provide effective and high quality products by retaining my own beliefs.
I can also say that I do provide many opportunities within the uk especially as I choose not to sell direct to ensure that my Bells Bumz Family stockists are supported. Bells Bumz supports a number of lovely eco/nappy shops that are mostly run by work at home mums, a work at home mum who runs a UK advertising business, and 3 UK work at home clothing companies as well as a number of designers. I call all of these lovely companies the Bells Bumz family and have great friendships forming.
I have worked hard to find a balance with Bells Bumz, to make cloth mainstream and affordable and to have something for everyone.
If you require further information regarding working conditions, insurance or safety testing please contact us.
The quality of the materials used to make our products is of the upmost importance to us.
All our products are made from materials that have been tested to UK safety standards. Find out more here.
Our PUL is high quality and is manufactured using heat and pressure, some use chemicals to make and as per my safety checks shows these are not made using any nasty chemicals and only made using heat.
Our Bamboo is 80% bamboo. The bamboo in inserts is 250gsm and in the bamboo flats it is 320gsm.
Our Hemp is 55% hemp, 45% cotton and is 360gsm.
Our Bamboo Cotton is 70% bamboo, 30% cotton and is 280gsm.
We use suede cloth, white microfleece or coffee fibre fleece as the stay dry layer on our products.
We love coffee fibre fleece at Bells Bumz.
Coffee fibre fabric is produced similar to bamboo. Using high pressure with low temperature and coffee grounds spun into a yarn. This process is eco-friendly, because it has a low energy operation in which the original product was once believed to be waste and can now be recycled into useful fabrics.
The result of using this process gives you a soft, light and flexible and water resistant. It is has activated carbon which will help wick water away and keep skin cool.
It can bind unpleasant odours, which is a must with nappies.
This effect occurs because coffee fibres contain a large amount of pores, which expand and grow when it is roasted. These pores will help to quicken moisture away from the service, which it does more effectively than other PET (polyethylene terephthalate) fabrics.
Other Experiments that have been performed on coffee have found it has natural anti-bacterial and anti-microbial properties it contains.
In one study it was even found to have an active effect against the growth of nasties such as e.coli, listeria and salmonella to name a few.
It can also dry up to 200 times faster then cotton.
Please note whilst we have tested the coffee fibre microfleece to be colourfast we advise these items are washed separately for the first few washes to avoid colour run.