Businesses that adopt “green” policies tend to find some financial savings and can pick up some good pubic relations. So, here is my shameless attempt to impress you with our environmental awesomeness and with a cooperative relationship we have with a local Boise company.
Early, every Monday though Friday our factory fires up and sheets of fabric are laid over two huge cutting tables. The cutting tables are like reverse air hockey tables, they suck the fabric down tight so an automated blade can skate across the fabric whipping out amazing boats and accessories. For the most part, we have been able to pattern our cutting to keep scrap at a minimum.
But even with our efficient engineering, there is still a small rainbow assortment of waste that we don’t really want to pile into our dumpster. AIRE has done pretty good keeping our scrap out of the landfill; some scrap is sent out to our service centers, some turn into d-rings and some of it is goes to Esh.
What is Esh? I’m glad you asked!
Esh is a grassroots, local clothing manufacture that is beginning to gain a little niche in the climbing/outdoor market. Rich Gardunia, the founder of Esh, is a crazy good climber, cranked a bike from one end of this county to the other, can brush his teeth while walking across a slack line and can run a pretty mean sewing machine. He started Esh with one product called the Belay Slave and has since diversified his line using recycled materials such as old climbing gear, bike tires and now, scrap AIRE material.