New aprons impact workers in India and Wellington
New aprons are keeping Wellington chocolate makers healthier, and poor workers in India wealthier.
The Wellington Chocolate Factory teamed up with Little Yellow Bird when they purchased their new aprons from them.
“They use all organic cotton and it’s fairly traded,” Gabe says.
Workers that were using the old fabrics with the new dyes were getting sick, Gabe says.
“All of our old aprons have retired, and now we have these fresh black embroidered aprons.”
“By using natural dyes, it is better for the wearer’s health, and it’s also better for the people who are working with the fabric,” Gabe says.
Little Yellow Bird source products in India, where they provide training programs to get women into the workforce and educational resources for rural schools.
“They work with women co-operatives in India, and they also provide microloans and help them start up small businesses,” Gabe says
The two companies are a natural fit.
“Everyone that works here at the Wellington Chocolate Factory, work here because they’re passionate about ethical business as well,” says Gabe.
The Wellington Chocolate Factory makes organic, ethically traded, bean to bar chocolate of the highest quality.
Gabe and Rochelle Harris opened the chocolate factory in 2013.
“I was really keen to open New Zealand’s first open-to-public bean-to-bar chocolate factory, I didn’t know much about chocolate so that’s where Rochelle stepped in.
“Rochelle Harrison has been a pastry chef for many years now and she’s has been experimenting with making chocolate from the bean which not many people do.”
Gabe spent over a decade in Melbourne where he was involved in the specialty coffee and chocolate industry.