We have known Paul, our maker and business mentor, for over eight years. Paul and his family have been in the footwear business for more than four decades and have played a crucial role in helping us design, manufacture and evolve the Radical Yes! brand. Speaking honestly, Radical Yes! would not exist if it weren’t for his support.
Paul’s factory is located in Shenzhen, just over the border of Hong Kong in Southern China. At least four times per year we pay a visit to the factory; this is a pivotal point in our product development process that also puts us in the unique position of being able to vouch for the high standards and ethical working conditions of our manufacturing operations.
In addition to being BV Audit approved, our factory supplies us with an annual BSCI Report (Business Social Compliance Initiative) conducted by the Foreign Trade Association, further assuring us that working hours are contained, that the minimum working age for workers in China (16 years) is adhered to, that overtime is bing paid and that factories are safe, well-lit and regularly checked for OH&S standards.
Core to the Radical Yes! ethos is our commitment to designing and producing high quality, durable products that will support our customers in their active lifestyles. As such, we:
As a small business in a fast moving industry, it can be challenging to effect change while employing the many sustainable practices that we'd wish to. For us 'sustainability' and our suitable practices exist on a never ending continum of improvement. In this way we are always looking at new practices that alleviate our impact on the environment and continually look to uncover viable alternatives that will do so. Currently, we:
When developing our products, we are careful to consider the entire lifecycle from conception, production and wear to disposal. Our shoes have been designed to withstand and support active lifestyles perpetually in motion.
When you feel it’s time to part with your toe-tappers, we encourage you to bring them in for our #toetappertrade initiative in partnership with Wear For Success (you’ll also receive $25 off your next purchase)!
We have also consistently only used quality leathers and textiles so that when it’s time to put your Radical Yes! shoes to rest, you can be assured that they will break down easily.
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