OUR ACTIONS FOR OVER 10 YEARS
Made in the French Alps
Over 10 years ago we launched our Made in French Alps clothing. Opening our textile production workshop at our headquarters in Saint-Pierre-de-Chartreuse. Reducing our carbon footprint and improving local economy, employing over 12 people.
With respect to the environment, it was a conscious decision to reduce carbon footprint of products and produce locally.
The Outdoor Lab
Located in the heart of the Chartreuse mountain range in the French Alps, Raidlight's head office has been designed to be eco-responsible (wooden framework, double-flow ventilation, etc.) and has 600 square metres of photovoltaic panels installed on the roof.
Anchoring in society
Raidlight has been involved for a long time in various professional networks of entrepreneurs and the outdoor industry. Thanks to our willingness to open up, we welcome every year trainees at different levels; 3rd year trainees for the discovery of the company, or students in qualified training courses from BAC+2 to BAC+5, as well as regular work-study students We also open our doors to company visits for schools and universities, and each year more than ten visits are organised to help students understand our business.
The majority of our employees are located in the village of Saint-Pierre de Chartreuse. This has the following positive consequences: 86% of our employees live in Saint Pierre de Chartreuse or neighbouring villages, and 44% of them come to work either by bike or on foot.
How does it work?
Raw material comes from the recycling of plastic bottles and industrial waste.
Where are our products made? Who are our factories?
We produce a small part of our products in the French Alps, in Saint Pierre de Chartreuse. However, we are not able today to produce everything in France, for a question of manufacturing cost and production capacity.
We have therefore for years selected trusted partners throughout the world, mainly in Asia. These factories as well as our component fabric suppliers, with whom we are committed to long-term projects that make sense, are an integral part of our capacity for innovation. It is also with them that we have been working with recycled polyester materials for the last twelve years, with the objective of achieving 90% of our products in recycled materials by 2023.
We visit our factories ourselves several times a year to check. This allows us to have a real expertise, as well as an overview of the entire manufacturing process, from the chosen raw materials to the finished product, and also to be guarantors of the working conditions.
TRANSPARENCY WITH REGARD TO OUR PRODUCTION
How do we choose our suppliers? We work with factories in Asia for reasons of competitiveness, quality/price ratio in comparison to the market. All of our production facilities conform to ISO14001, ISO9001 and we use OEKO-TEX and Blue Sign fabrics.