This blog post is also a jet-lagged update for backers of our Indiegogo campaign, which ended up being the largest ever Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign for bed sheets! (Definitely going to put that on a t-shirt at some point.)
By Colin McIntosh, CEO & guy who gets lost in the Mumbai airport
TL;DR – Production is going swimmingly, S&G is shipping in 6-8 weeks, we had a super fun time in India, and you're gonna love this sheet.
We've wanted to post this update for a couple weeks, but we've been racking up the miles lately and haven't had a spare moment to sit down and type!
At the end of June, S&G took a trip to India to visit our manufacturing plants, inspect production progress, and enjoy the balmy summer weather. We were even able to
smuggle a few sheet sets back stateside bring some sample products back in compliance with all U.S. Customs laws.
- As promised, we're on pace to ship our first orders by end of August! 🎉
- We apologize for being the weird crowdfunding campaign that ships on time instead of shipping in a few years / never. (Looking at you, Coolest Cooler.)
- With our logistics capacity, we believe we'll be able to ship our first 1,000 packages by end of August, and we'll get the remaining 3,000-ish out the door as fast as we can throughout September. (We'll ship according to order number, as we think that's the fairest process.)
- Stay tuned for an email next Monday, July 30, where you'll confirm that we have your correct order and shipping information.
Read on for pics, gifs, and some other fun info about how our eucalyptus lyocell sheets are made. Also, pro tip: don't drink the tap water in India (not that I made a huge mistake or anything).
Mumbai is totally gorgeous, right?
Our Manufacturing Partner
Some quick facts on our partner based in Mumbai:
- They help run sustainably managed, biodiverse eucalyptus plantations where our wood pulp is harvested. The plantations are spread across the globe, with farms in Canada, Sweden, South Africa, and India.
- For every tree we harvest for our fabric production, we plant two more.
- They're the largest employer in the cities in India where they make our sheets.
- They pay their factory employees monthly salaries (not hourly wages), have maximum 8-hour workdays, and pay overtime.
- Everyone that works there is super photogenic for some reason:
"Sheets looking good, but not as good as me."
The Process by Which Your Eucalyptus Lyocell Sheets Come To Life
In gif form, because that's more entertaining:
Check out what the plant produces as a byproduct on the left ("before") and what they turn it into on the right ("after") via a multi-million dollar filtration system. They then reuse the clean water on the right and pump it back into the manufacturing process, ensuring that not a single drop of H20 is wasted.
Sorry for the bad photoshop. I did it myself.
Textiles can be a dirty business. Many other factories in the world just pour their wastewater byproducts into nearby streams, rivers, and oceans, but not ours. Their emphasis on and investment in reducing pollution can't be overstated, and we're proud to work with such an environmentally conscious manufacturer.
More info on our sustainability can be found at SheetsGiggles.com/sustainability. (That's also a great link to share if you want to introduce friends to this punny, really eco-friendly company you stumbled across; hint hint. Just click here to post that page to Facebook, or click to tweet!)
And here we have the fruits of our labor:
Is it weird to call sheets sexy?
If you look closely, you can see that we edited the packaging a bit. That's because we don't want to spoil some of the fun surprises when you open your box. (Also, your sheets will come in a reusable knapsack inside of the box; this is just prototype packaging :))
Timeline for Delivery
Sheets: last week of August and throughout September.
Extra Pillowcases: ditto.
Duvet Covers: same.
Comforters: Based on popular demand, we designed, added, and began producing comforters later than everything else. Because of that, we're on pace to ship by October, and we'll keep you posted should anything change in one direction or the other!
As we head into August, we want to make sure we have all orders, names, and shipping addresses correct in our database. We'll send out an email next Monday, July 30, asking you to make sure that everything we have for you is correct.
We can't wait to ship out everyone's sheets, and we're working like crazy to fulfill all your wildest fantasies (and also your orders).
As always, reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions! We'll get back to you uncomfortably quickly.
And if you're just stumbling across this blog post and haven't yet ordered your very own S&G eucalyptus lyocell bedding... :)