"At least 24.9 million people are thought to be trapped in forced labour worldwide. Of them, 16 million are exploited in the private sector linked to the supply chains of the international businesses supplying our goods and services." (Source)
Why Manufacturing Matters
We didn't set out to be an exclusively American-made brand. But the search for Alpinecho's manufacturing partners opened our eyes to the devastating practice known as supply chain slavery.
To be honest, we thought "fair trade" was merely a fad until we asked some simple questions from potential manufacturers. Questions like, "Where is it made?" and "Who makes it?" resulted in awkward silence, subject changes, and even disdain.
Our exhaustive search for trustworthy manufacturers eventually revealed how forced labor enslaves millions of people, especially women and children. (Source) We won't take part in slavery at any level.
As a small company, we don't have the capacity to verify ethical practices at international manufacturing partners. Manufacturing in the USA allows us to closely monitor the production of each item and ensures that our products are indeed Honest Outdoor Goods.
Our Promise to You
At Alpinecho, we make Honest Outdoor Goods. That means two things. One, our products are ethically made in America. And two, our sketches are true to the subject matter. No cookie-cutter art.