Thunderpants Ltd


Organisation Category: Retail Trade

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    Thunderpants – certified fairtrade organic cotton, NZ made cheeky goodness for the whole family.

    Thunderpants NZ

    We’re a small, family-owned and operated company, based in the Wairarapa, producing New Zealand made cheeky goodness for your bum (and other areas) from certified fair trade organic cotton.

    The Thunderpants story began in Nelson in 1995, when we were design students frustrated by irritating undies. The challenge was on to create the ultimate comfy undie that wouldn’t go up your bum… Now, twenty years on, Thunderpants has grown to produce nearly 50,000 Thunderpants garments a year including kids clothesswimwearyoga pantsleggingstops and camis. Our focus has always been on producing underwear and clothing of exceptional quality and design using fun colourful prints and this ethos permeates all aspects of the clothing we produce. Our garments are designed to fit and built to last.


    Every aspect of production, from how our fabric is made and our clothes sewn is traceable, tested and controlled for quality.


    We work hard but we also believe life shouldn’t be taken too seriously. As a family run business, work has become an extension of home. We make a habit of communal lunches and bringing our dogs to work. We love New Zealand, our families and our jobs. The Thunderpants business model is based on similar principles of slow growth, family before business and lifestyle over work. And it’s worked pretty well for us for the last 20 years, proving that it is entirely possible to work in a sustainable way that supports your local economy.

    More than just underpants, Thunderpants are a way of life and, yes, it may seem a bit daft, but for us Thunderpants embodies the Kiwi dream and embraces the more important things in life like slowing down and enjoying the fruits of our labour.

    We really hope you experience the same freedom and peace of mind when you wear Thunderpants.

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    Sustainability Highlights:
    • Smart Procurement-Supply Chains
    • Towards Zero Waste
    Sustainability Actions:

    We take the exceptional quality of our clothing seriously and we are pretty uncompromising when it comes to this. Fair trade organic cotton - Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) certified and sourced from Vardhman Textiles mill in India. Grown without the use of any synthetic chemicals such as fertilizers or pesticides and never uses GMO seeds, azo dyes, heavy metals, formaldehyde or chlorine. Our fabric - Fairtrade and organic cotton blended with 10% spandex, with no elastic incorporated in the garment. Knitted at ABMT in Melbourne to exact specifications to give our undies (and all our clothing) just enough stretch to stay up and on. Printed - Auckland Fabric Printers using water based inks and dyes. Sewn - into your ultimate undie in nearby Carterton by a fabulous team of highly skilled ladies.

    Awards and Certifications:
    • Fair Trade Certified
    • Living Wage
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Listing last updated 22/08/2017