About this project
The concept of WoodShirt, is not only presenting the most comfortable and eco-sustainable fabric, but also about bringing a younger, modern style to the mundane world of eco-fashion. It’s a counter to the standardized styles that are usually produced en masse handing you the opportunity to design yourself a unique and individual t-shirt to your personal taste.
Everyone knows that apparel manufacturing is one of the most polluting industries in the world. Furthermore, low cost mass production techniques are used which is only possible with cheap labor and poor production conditions in developing countries. Additionally, the resources that are used for making the fabric are either synthetic or if natural, demand a lot of fertilizer or chemical care in order to be cost-efficient.
Knowing these frustrating facts, wijld came up with the WoodShirt - a t-shirt made of wood from sustainable cultivations, crafted under the fair and strict EU standards and that is so amazingly soft that it has become undeniably our fabric of choice!
T-shirts are garments with mass appeal. Everyone loves their t-shirts! But why should we compromise and wear synthetic fabrics that may affect us and our skin? With production methods that are harmful for the environment and perhaps manufactured in horrible unethical conditions – in the worst cases, by children?
We wanted to find a solution where everyone has the opportunity to avoid these unethical practices and stand up against this environmental and social exploitation! WoodShirts are for any style and any age: Classy with a clean no-frills t-shirt, or cool with a print by one of our hand-picked kick-ass artists for your next skateboarding adventure or festival. Our WoodShirts don’t only consist of the most eco-friendly material ever but also have 2 different fits and 5 different colors that provide you with a modern look. There’s a shirt for everyone! Including for the stylish kids of today as well! :-)
Wood is a natural and renewable resource which is always better than any synthetic material. Even compared to other natural resources such as cotton or organic cotton, it is still more eco-friendly! And this is why:
- cotton relies heavily on the use of harmful pesticides while almost no pesticides are used for growing trees
- trees consume 20 times less water than cotton or organic cotton
- it’s a local resource harvested under fair conditions: wood such as Beech, Spruce or Ash is ethically sourced from sustainable tree farms that are certified
- the production of the wood fiber for the fabric is completely non-hazardous and non-toxic: the solvent liquid is biodegradable and easily fed back into the ecological cycle
Besides the environmental aspects, we take care that WoodShirts also fulfill our social demands. Our production company is located in Portugal and as a responsible partner, shares our values. Due to strict EU requirements that need to be observed, the working conditions are accordingly fair and incomparable to labor in developing countries where there is a high risk of human rights violations and environmental damage.
Furthermore, transportation of the shirts from its natural state in the woods, right to our office is kept to a minimum and thus minimizing the environmental impact as well! (Did you know that big enterprises often rather ship things around the globe than producing locally to save costs?!)
Want to know more about the actual production process? Then please visit www.wijld.com/en/woodshirt
- our wood fabric is amazingly smooth and probably the most comfortable that you will ever wear. Honestly, at the beginning we couldn’t believe it ourselves how soft wood can be.
- a WoodShirt is extremely durable and has a remarkable breathability
- it balances temperatures: It cools you down on hot summer days and keeps you warm when it’s cool outside
- WoodShirts are ideal for those who are prone to allergies or have sensitive skin as no harsh chemicals are used
- due to its antibacterial properties, WoodShirts inhibits the growth of bacteria so there are no odors (… and we all know that smell when wearing polyester – even after the laundry it can still smell “not so fresh”)
Besides the amazing fabric properties, with WoodShirt you get a t-shirt that is especially tailored for you and according to your demands. The result is a unique piece of art that speaks to your own personality.
We don’t like mainstream! So for us expressing individuality is particularly important! For the ultimate customization and individuality you can choose your size, fit and print below.
If you also want to have a print on your t-shirt, then you can choose your favorite art work in this step.
Here is already a small selection of shirt examples. As soon as the camapign is successfully funded you can expect a great variety of t-shirt designs.
Our prints are designed by independent artists: Every artist is also part of our WoodShirt-concept as without them we couldn’t offer you the t-shirts the way we do! Therefore all artist are well compensated for their design work when you purchase our shirts.
Your chosen reward will be delivered to you in the form of a code via e-mail. You will be able to customize your personal Woodshirt, and other rewards, directly on our site and redeem your voucher as soon as the project has successfully ended.
Please keep in mind that the production start time is also dependent on you and the other backers because we need all the customization wishes and final pre-orders before we can actually place the order.
We ship worldwide! This is mainly done using DHL but depending on where you live, other carriers may be used. Unfortunately some international carriers do not offer the possibility of tracking your parcel. We will however try and assist as much as possible. All packages will be marked as gifts and assigned the lowest possible value to avoid or at least minimize, any customs duties that may occur.
With your funds and pre-orders you give us the possibility of placing our first big order of this amazing fabric! It helps us take the first step to establish WoodShirt for the long term as the t-shirt of choice when it comes to style and ethics!
So we’d be so happy if you like our intention and spread the word, share the campaign on Facebook and Twitter or pick up an extra shirt for a friend. Know that with every purchase we make, we influence politics and markets every day – so let’s unify our power and make a statement in the apparel industry!
The three of us, Timo, Angelo and Aline, make up the team behind wijld. wijld is a young brand with the aim to unite creative and modern design with ecological sustainability. We speak up for the responsible use of resources, support of local businesses and valuing of the workforce who actually create all these products. We believe all of these things can be combined with creative art and a modern look to keep our green commitment fun! wijld thus creates stylish and customizable products that have the sparkle of uniqueness one may often miss in the flood of mass products – everything is produced on demand and especially for you!
But, who are we exactly?
Timo and Angelo have been friends since their teenage years and through their individual experiences bring something unique to the team. Angelo, being the most artistic and creative of us, works as a freelance designer and knows the apparel topic particularly well due to his experience in the fashion industry. Timo on the other hand, assumes the role of the business engine. Having established a completely new type of sport and founding 2 fashion labels during his studies, proves he has what it takes to always come up with new ideas or solutions as well as identifying gaps in the market. Last but not least there is Aline. Everything fell into place in 2012 when she entered the picture and finally brought balance to the team. Having worked with Timo as project manager of Crossboccia (the sport Timo has established), she knows how to give structure to the business while keeping the two men organized and focused.
As you can probably guess, it was Timo who came up with the idea of creating a green brand that combines stylish design with eco-friendliness as an alternative to cheap disposable products. Having started using wood with our interior decor and design products for homes, we found an alternative to cotton with which we can produce stylish apparel as well! And peepz… we couldn’t believe how cool this new wood fabric really is!!!
First of all thank you to our families, friends, and fans for all your support and encouragement over the past months. Thanks for continually being our cheerleaders! Additionally a big thank you to our great artists -this project could not happen without your creative work!
Risks and challenges
With our combined work experience in the fashion industry we have witnessed a lot of things gone wrong and are aware of the risks during production. We have prepared ourselves and our production for what lies ahead and have done as much planning as possible in order to avoid delays. We are ready and waiting!
You can expect open and honest communication from us with updates regarding status and additional information where applicable.
If you have any concerns or questions please feel free to contact us any time at email@example.com
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