Our view of sustainability is an ethical principle that involves both the planet’s environment sustainability and the economic sustainability of local American communities.
The world we live in provides rights for people and organizations to consume natural resources unconstrained by any concern for the future impact on the quality of our environment, the sustainability of natural resources, or the needs of future generations.
At Ramblers Way Farm we believe we have a responsibility to conduct our business in a manner that leaves zero impact on the environment and have pledged to be carbon neutral by 2013.
We are concerned also about the negative effect globalization has had on the local economies of American communities, especially where manufacturing of goods has previously thrived.
Choices made by companies to move their manufacturing and services to other global locations has cost jobs in America, made our industrial centers vulnerable to decay, and destabilized the general economic sustainability of the town and city.
We believe at Ramblers Way Farm that we need to be intentional about stimulating local, particularly, manufacturing economies for job creation and maximum cash flow to offset the destabilizing effect of globalization.
Consequently, our sustainability practices involve local partnerships with American ranchers for wool supply, with American textile manufacturers for washing, spinning, knitting, weaving, dyeing, and sewing our products, and with a third party sustainability consultant to assess, monitor, and recommend operating improvements.
Finally, our facilities have all been renovated with green energy including geothermal heating systems and solar energy in our quest to be carbon neutral.
Current operating practices at Ramblers Way also include consumer paper recycled boxes for product packaging, soy based printing inks, recycled content for stationary.
Digital and electronic technologies are used without paper to communicate among our staff. Travel for sales people is minimized by selecting bases of operations in strategic locations for their regional accountabilities.
Hybrid and diesel cars are becoming the norm for sales travel and will be complete in 2012 as a policy.