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Jag har pratat med Casey McClure, Director of Sales på Blueberry Diapers kring några frågor : vem är den som är bakom fabriken, var är fabriken nånstans, vem tillverkar produkterna, vilken material/kemikalier kan det ha, etc. Jag har fått svar från Casey McClure. Han är så duktigt och ta hand så bra om hennes retailers.
1) Source of supplies
”As far as our products go, we do try to be as green as possible. One of our main goals over the past couple of years is to reduce our supply chain down to as few as possible. We also want all of our vendors to be a one day ship time to our office. This reduces our carbon footprint by reducing greenhouse gases via long haul transportation. Luckily enough, we are centrally located to where this is attainable. Our Laminator is located in the same city as us, and that is very convenient. Many times he can drop a small shipment off with his truck on his way home. The printing process is our pride and joy. We purchased the machines from a local company and the ink only comes from an hour away. KIAAN ink is the brand and they are based out of Europe. The ink is water based dye and not harmful. You can wash your hands with it and as long as water is present, it just goes away. The fabric we print on comes from a US knitter in South Carolina. They have been in business for over 100 years and they are owned by a third generation grandson of the original owner. This is who makes our Organic Cotton Velour as well. Snaps, Velcro, Tags, Needles, Thread, and Elastic are all US sourced. Most of the vendors we have used since we started. The only materials that do not come from the US, is the Birdseye Cotton, Organic Cotton Twill, Prefolds, and Microfleece. These all come form Pakistan. Unfortunately those products are hard to source in the US at an acceptable price. We are hoping that as US manufacturing grows that we will gain some more sources to choose from”. (C. McClure)
”Currently we operate out of two US factories. One is located outside Washington, DC in Virginia. They are a smaller operation and we are their biggest client. They have been working for us since 2007, so we have a long history. They are very efficient, but only operate out of a 3500 SQ FT facility, so we have to limit what we send them to make. All of our Simplex line comes out of that facility. We visit them often and it is an older staff and they always seem to be in a good mood. The owner is Korean, so some of their staff is family.
The second factory we work with is a large corporation in Arkansas. They are the largest employer in their city. They do work for General Motors, Jeep, Dodge, Regal Boat Group, and Bobby Nursing pillows. The front of their office is a big field with cattle grazing. It is pretty funny when you see it, but the owner is a rancher and likes keeping his cattle close… The facility is super nice. It actually surprised us the first time we visited them. It is a newer building with A/C, a beautiful kitchen, and plenty of open areas, not the cramped spaces you would think in a factory. Every time we go there it is clean and everybody is nice. They always treat us very well even though we are one of their smaller clients. I know they utilize solar power and wind power at their facilities, but they are just starting to get into renewal resources”. (C. McClure)
3) Labour conditions of the employees at Blueberry Diapers warehouse
”For everyone we are associated with, it is hard for employees not to be treated fairly and be paid well. It is just different here in the US, and people expect to be paid well for what they do. For example: we owned restaurants before the diaper business and even then, we paid over the minimum wage. If we did not, we could not get anybody to work, and most of who we hired was High School and College Kids. Even at our office, all of our employees make a minimum of double the minimum wage, plus we pay 100% of their Medical, Dental, and Vision insurance”. (M. McClure)
4) Green solutions at the office
”Our office is new with automatic LED lights. We are very lucky living in Tennessee since all of our energy comes from the TVA that operates hydroelectric Dams. Just within a 30 minute drive we have 4 Dams. That lets us have some of the cheapest electricity in the US. So cheap in fact that Solar does not even add up. We had a company give us a return on investment survey for solar for our house, and it would take us 25 years to pay off the solar system, and by that time we would need to replace it anyway”. (M. McClure)
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