The Montana Robe Company
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Stories

Montana company making local luxury handmade robes. We love robes, but as we grow our company we look forward to sharing exciting milestones and developments along the way… in addition to our (and your) stories, testimonials and encounters.

Sustainability Overhaul - Part 1

If this picture looks overwhelming - it’s because it truly is. With the 12 Warriors & Quiet Waters robes well underway we’re quickly learning what we can do to make things better/faster/more efficiently…. and what not to do. These robes have been a great testing ground on re-configuring the behind-the-scenes processes to make them more “sustainable”. Although much of this has been in the background to what the final robes will show, I’m super excited to share the accomplishments!

  1. Design overhaul - redesigning parts of the robes that were annoying and tedious for us to facilitate. By re-organizing patterns, processes and cutting layouts we’ve mitigated these problems entirely making the robes stronger, more durable and more naturally beautiful.

  2. Cutting Process Overhaul - Prior to these past couple of months, robes were cut one at a time. Now, we’re cutting out multiple robes at the same time using much faster, more accurate tools. Amazing! Oh - and a cutting table and motorized cutter have come into the mix to alleviate on-floor cutting. HOORAY!

  3. Integration of “Batching” techniques through production - Thanks to the Warriors & Quiet Waters Robes we’ve been table to test out batching through production. Although sewing 12 robes at the same time is a bit overwhelming, bringing 4-6 robes through the process at a time make things go MUCH faster and more accurately…. without confusing parts.

  4. Compost service for organic cut scraps - We have setup a composting service who will be taking our cotton, hemp, bamboo and linen scraps weekly. We’ll shred our cut scraps (much fewer since our cutting process overhaul), and they’ll snag them weekly. It would be amazing to do the same with our Polyester Cut scraps, but we’ll leave that development to Part 2.

  5. Review of packaging & shipping materials - We love our boxes and black satin ribbons; although knowing that many of these ribbons get tossed after opening and left at a land-fill doesn’t feel quite so awesome. Over the next few months, we’ll be testing out burlap, twill, ticking tape ribbons as a better substitute.

Over the next couple of weeks, we’ll be expanding our scope out from mostly internal-sewing-room adjustments to investigating our own supply, disposal and recycle chains. Additionally, we’ll start looking into our carbon footprint, microfiber footprint and sustainable energy suppliers. One day at a time, one tweak at a time, we’ll become both more aware of our consumption - and more able to combat it.

Why go to all this fuss?

I’ve been asked this a couple of times and am so proud to answer. I believe companies have a unique opportunity to care - about their people, their products, their customers, the environment, and the community. Many businesses choose not to do this (it does bring costs and responsibility), but I’m not scared. I strongly believe we can make amazing robes for you and allow everybody to win .

Thank you as always for your ongoing support. We love you guys! Have other ideas for things we can do better? Feel free to drop them in the comments below, or drop me a note a jenny.thuen@montanarobes.com