Here at Moonpenny, we are a women-owned small business that aims to provide you with a fully informed shopping experience. We prioritize operating our business while fostering transparent and ethical manufacturing, minimizing our environmental impact, and being contributing members to our community.
With our own brand of apparel and accessories, we work with ethical manufacturing partners both domestically in California and Washington State, and overseas in Indonesia and China. Focussing on small batch production, we manufacture to meet demand therefor minimizing overproduction and our environmental footprint.
Moonpenny brand tees and sweatshirts are designed in Chelan, WA and decorated locally on apparel from third party companies. Our third party manufactured apparel is sourced from companies using ethical and transparent supply chains that are Worldwide Responsible Accredited Production certified and FLA monitored.
All Moonpenny apparel is screen printed by a family-owned small business here in Chelan, and embroidered by a small business based in Moses Lake, WA that has been operating since 1981. We prioritize using local businesses for their years of expertise and to support fellow business owners in our community.
The newest addition to our brand is Moonpenny Swim, which is ethically manufactured in Kota Denpasar, Bali. Our manufacturer is committed to environmentally friendly practices using recycled ECONYL and REPREVE swim fabrics, eco dyes, and eco packaging.
The manufacturing of Moonpenny Swim also helps support ocean health, women, and local communities in Bali with our manufacturer donating proceeds from our order to ROLE Foundation, Bali Wise, and SOS Indonesia.
ROLE Foundation run a zero waste facility and environmental development programs in Bali. Their vision supports zero waste to oceans, sustainable businesses for coastal communities, and through BALI WISE - women’s business education and development. SOS Indonesia has been particularly impactful since COVID-19, redistributing surplus food from Bali's tourism industry to local communities in need.
Exceptional staff working conditions and workplace practices at our swim manufacturing facility are our highest priority, and exceed minimum labour standards in a safe, ethical environment. All staff are paid above award wages at up to three times the standard, and are provided with comprehensive health insurance for themselves and their family and are paid an extra month of salary annually. Working hours are less than 40 hours per week, meal allowance is included and any overtime (voluntary) is paid accordingly.
We source brands for our store based on their beauty, artisan made nature, outstanding quality, and unique point of view. We stock brands from all over the world that are typically handmade or manufactured using artisan processes. Most of our brands also operate using a 'slow movement' ethos.
We purposely buy from these companies using a conservative buying strategy, by either purchasing on a 'made-to-order' basis or restocking items only as needed and if there is demand. We find this is a win win for both our business and customer, keeping fresh stock in our store while not contributing to the overproduction of goods and therefor waste.
If you would like any information about a specific brand that we work with, please email email@example.com.
We are always working to minimize plastic use in our packaging, and recycle/reuse packaging materials sent to us by our vendors for online orders.
Our shopping bags are manufactured in the US, and all of our packaging is aimed to be recyclable or a reusable keepsake. All packing peanuts used in online orders are biodegradable and dissolve in water.
As we scale our production and packaging needs, we aim to try the best to keep our environmental impact as low as possible.
We operate our business and retail store out of the historic town of Chelan, WA, where we proudly contribute to the heritage of our community and its members.
Moonpenny is a member of the Historic Downtown Chelan Association, a community organization focussed on shaping the future of our town while preserving the past of historic downtown Chelan.
We are also Lake Chelan Chamber of Commerce Members, a local business based organization that protects, promotes, and advocates for businesses within Chelan. Our membership contributes to their ongoing efforts to promote shopping small, and keep all small businesses supported and thriving in our community.
We participate in community events facilitated by these organizations including Small Town Holidays, Lake Chelan Winterfest, and Dia de los Muertos.
In addition to contributing to our local business community, we happily donate our time and products for local education based fundraising initiates at Roots Community School, and TODOS United (Chelan High School), a club focussed on fostering an appreciation of the rich Hispanic culture and heritage in our area.
Diversity, Equality & Social Responsibility
We are advocates and allies of the LGBTQ+ and BIPOC communities and continually aim to foster an environment of diversity, equality, and acceptance within our business.
We proudly display an Inclusive Space decal on our business which you will find on our front door, as we believe LGBTQ+ customers deserve the same kindness, respect, and treatment non-LGBTQ+ customers get.
We support the Black Lives Matter movement and extend the same courtesy to BICOP communities, while also continuing to educate ourselves on racial injustice and anti-racism practices within our business.
An inclusive environment means we are welcoming to all people and customers/clients that bring a fabulous diversity of ethnicities, gender expression, partners, and diverse family groups into our business.
Moonpenny will always remain a safe space for all, and we are an equal opportunity employer. If you have any suggestions for how we can be better allies, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. We appreciate your feedback and support.
If you have any questions about anything pertaining to our business or need more information, we are here to help. Please email info@moonpennyshop.
Jill Pollard & Elle Manthey
Co-founders and Owners