Progress, Trace your favorite shirt back to the factory in which it was made. This idea is finished, check out the end result.
Maarten, posted On April 12, 2012
I finished the month of February!!
It took me a bit of time to make the video and write down my experiences, but here it is!
And then something that makes me shy everytime I watch it :-) During the process of not being able to get through to Hema, I decided to try to make a viral video asking for their attention. I asked Davide if he could help me and he did! But before we managed to finish it, Hema contacted me and I could hold an interview... So curious about the unfinished result? Watch it here, I'll be blushing while you're watching :-) Lot's of credits to Davide for editing, filming, after effecting, etc...
Maarten, posted On March 31, 2012
Hangout, Earth Hour and Live Streaming!
If you can't be in Rotterdam tonight enjoying the Hangout and Earth Hour with us, you can watch it from a distance, cause we'll be streaming right here from 21:30 on.
Was fun again guys! Thanks a lot for being there, helping out, talking, eating, drinking, hanging, watching etc... See you around!
Thanks a lot to Davide again for making the livestream happen!
Maarten, posted On March 27, 2012
I came, I saw and I liked.
I just came back from the factory of Erfolg, or actually the manufacturer with which Erfolg cooperates. It was pretty impressive to see how their clothes are produced! I was able to see everything, transparency to the max!!
On the left Rolf Traxler (owner of Traxler) and on the right Walter Reinhard (manager of Erfolg)
It was a very informative and inspiring. It's great to see people who are so connected the production of their product. They know how, where and by whom it's made. And they are proud of each part of that process!
On a side note. I had some difficulties making good video material, first of all, my beloved Davide (who doubles as cameraman) got sick last night, so he couldn't help out. And my own little camera was miscommunicating with it's sd-card. But no worries! I did get some of it on tape, so you'll get to see the factory from inside as well!
Maarten, posted On March 26, 2012
Blood, sweat and luxury problems (in dutch)
I'm watching a tv episode from BNN about (a little bit spoiled) teenagers working for a couple of days in a clothes factory in Bangladesh. They are producing a pullover from H&M. Check if out if you're interested (sadly enough only in Dutch).
I'm tomorrow visiting the factory of Erfolg, probably it will be the complete opposite… I'm curious.
Maarten, posted On March 20, 2012
Made by who?
Last week I got a little bit bothered by the fact that Hema didn't respond to me anymore. So in an attempt to get their attention I figured I would try to make a video that might go viral (probably not as much as Kony 2012, but still :-) Together with Davide we worked this weekend around the clock to make something funny and catchy... But...
Before we managed to finish it completely Hema agreed to do an interview!! It will be a phone interview since the contact person is sick and I guess not in the office? But it's better then nothing!! Do you have any tips for questions next to 'Where and by who'm is it made'?
I guess the video will go in the closet for now... Sorry guys, you'll have to wait!!!
In other (exciting) news
Next week I will visit the factory of Erfolg in Switzerland! I'm very happy with this and curious to meet the people and see how it's produced. I will thank as many people as I can find and tell you all about the experience! Swiss, here we come!!
Glad to hear they changed their minds about how open they are... at least a tiny bit. Maybe you can ask about the entire production chain - step by step - and hopefully they'll know about it...? I wonder how much information they'll actually give you, since the answer to "Where and by whom is it made?" can be either pretty lengthy if they are proud of the process, or pretty scarce if they don't want customers to know about it.
Really looking forward to hearing about your visit to Erfolg factory!
Enjoy your trip to Erfolg! If you happen to stumble upon that black Erfolg sweater you have in XL? :)
Maarten, posted On March 17, 2012
Maarten, posted On March 16, 2012
As you might have understood by now, some companies are very helpfull and some not. Since I'm not getting through to them anymore with phoning and emailing, I decided to change tactis and have some fun along the way! I will tell you more very soon!!! (there is music involved... :-)
Here a little teaser :-) http://www.iwanttomaketheworldabetterplace.com/progress/teaser
- Maarten, posted On March 11, 2012
Maarten, posted On March 9, 2012
Wow, the people at Veja are super nice, open and transparent! I can visit each part of their production process. WOW!!! #veja #success
Two places ready for you to visit! Looking forward to see where this leads you to (it's great that you found an option quite close to you).
Hehe, yeah, i'm not sure yet if Brazil will happen on such a short notice. It would be a great adventure and I'm very curious where it would bring us, but I want to first do more research on the other brands before I decide on that.
Sure! I wasn't assuming you're traveling to both, didn't choose the right words. What I meant to say is that I look forward to seeing where the openness (or lack of it) leads you, and that if you do decide to travel to one of the factories, it's great that one is close to you.
Maarten, posted On March 8, 2012
The good and the unclear
After a full day of calling and mailing I did get a little bit more clairity about some items. (for those who don't know, you can view and follow my outfit here)
- My pants (knowledge cotton apparel) are made in Turkey, but they aren't sure yet if they want to let me visit their factory. I've send them an email with more information about the project and they will get back to me.
- My socks (Hema) are made 'somewhere in the east', the girl from the customer service wasn't completely sure. Since they don't release any information about where their products come from, I didn't get very far yet. I've just send an email to one of the spokespersons from Hema, I hope she can help me a little further.
- I contacted Mexx by phone and email. On the phone they seemed a little baffled by my question and the lady didn't really know what to do with me, so she finished the conversation. I hope someone will respond to my email.
Very nice execution! Good video, really enjoyed your reasoning, agree with conclusions, job well done!
Wouter, thanks a lot for your feedback, it's always very good to hear!