Small Footprint Production
Shop to Pocket DistanceEvery bit of RAGGEDedge Gear is made right here in Virginia. We design it, cut it, stitch it, and ship it direct to you from our workshop near Floyd, Virginia. The majority of our materials come from two sailcloth manufacturers located in Connecticut, that also make most of their cloths in house instead of overseas. The material travels an estimated 568 miles to reach our doorstep, and from there it travels direct to your doorstep as a finished product. Think about that. Most manufacturers use materials made overseas, that is then shipped to a factory (in the US or not), and then to a distribution warehouse (perhaps stopping at more then one of these), before it eventually gets shipped to you. Similar to the farm to table distance so often measured in the local food movement, we like to think of this as the shop to pocket distance. Equally as important, but so much less discussed.
Alternative Energy InitiativesIn 2012, we relocated the RAGGEDedge Gear workshop to a new property. We quickly outgrew a existing small workshop and in early 2014, we found ourselves updating one of the outbuildings to use a workroom that would better suit our needs. While renovating, to reduce our energy requirements, we installed 12V lighting, updated our machines to use servo motors and installed solar panels and a solar system. We proudly sew with the sun.
Almost Zero WasteLet’s not talk about garbage for too long. Suffice to say, in a year's time, we generate less than 156 gallons of garbage... That is an average of a tall kitchen garbage bag a month. Not even a small dumpster full for the whole year!
Our Full Circle Initiatives
We bootstrapped this business from its infancy in 1997 which has given us the freedom and the time to shape our business model into something that makes sense to us. How we make our gear and how we do business is as important to us as what we make.
- We've chosen to stay small and keep making our gear with our own hands.
- We've chosen to rely on the reputation of our gear and the good word of our customers, rather then advertising and games.
- We've chosen to solar power our workroom.
- We continue to make these choices, and others like them, as we are able to do so.
When you choose to make a purchase from us, you become a part of our circle of good. In turn, we choose to support other local, independent, and responsible businesses. It truly goes full circle.
All of that aside, it's not just about business around here. RAGGEDedge is an integral part of the Hawk-Mo Comet Project, which is our version of a community and an art project in one. It's a testing ground to explore what is possible. A sanctuary for humans, animals, and nature. It's a place, and the space, to try doing things differently, as we would if we were thinking of the 7th generation. If this sounds somewhat enigmatic, that's because it is.