Every bit of RAGGEDedge Gear is made start to finish in Virginia USA. We design it, cut it, stitch it, and ship it direct to you from our workshop in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains. 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. In addition, we source everything else we need to produce our gear from US sources.
The materials to make our gear travel an estimated 568 miles to reach our workshop, and from there it travels direct to your door 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 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.
Let’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 efficient xxx sq ft workshop has led lighting, servo motors in the sewing machines reducing power needs, no air conditioning (at an elevation of 3000ft it is rarely hot), and is heated by propane in winter.
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.
Where you shop matters. Supporting establishments that have ethical integrity and moral fiber and, that are more interested in health than profits, is one of the ways that you can invest in our wellness, in our communities, and in our common future.