Here at Red Dust Active, our purpose extends beyond creating activewear accessories you’ll love. As far as we’re concerned, running an ethical and environmentally-conscious business is just as important as running trails – if not more so!
We’re never going to claim perfection (well, unless it’s one of our headbands!), but we are 100% committed to doing the best we can to make sure our environment and the planet feels as good about our products as you do. What that looks like may change over time (as we learn more and find better ways of doing things), but let’s talk about the things we’re doing right now.
We love supporting local whenever we can. Not only does doing so support local families, it also results (very happily!) in all our products—from concept and design, to creation, to ending up in our warehouse—travelling an incredibly short distance from go to woah.
All our products are designed, cut, and sewn right here in Adelaide, South Australia. We even know the names of everyone involved! Let us introduce you.
The names behind the brand.
Most brands wouldn’t be able to tell you the names of the people who cut and sewed what you’re actually wearing… but we can!
First up, there’s Pam.
Every Red Dust Active item you see on our website was designed by Pam. She’s single-handedly taken every headwear idea I’ve ever imagined, listened carefully to me as I’ve described it, and has skillfully sketched it into reality. I love Pam to bits! (And not only because she’s my mum!)
Then there’s Stephen.
Our absolute champion cutter! He cuts out every one of our patterns with the steadiest of hands and the keenest of eyes.
Twee + Hoan are up next.
They are our sensational sewing team. They handle a sewing machine like Jessica Watson handles a yacht. It’s utterly impressive and a sight to behold, truly.
Leonie is super… just like glue!
Which is appropriate because she really does hold us all together. Our production lead and mentor, she watches over everything from initial concepts through final design to production, and we couldn’t do anything we do without her.
And last, but absolutely not least, there’s Tom aka Dad.
We keep him extremely well caffeinated and, in return, he lovingly (and quite quickly!) packs your orders – every single one of them. What a man!
So, there you go – these are the hearts that beat behind the doors of Red Dust Active and keep our local little supply chain bustling along.
Sustainably sourced technical fabrics
One day we’d love to be able to say we make 100% of our garments from 100% recycled fabrics. I mean, seriously– how good would that be?!
We’re working hard towards that goal, and anything we can make with recycled materials, we absolutely do. We also recycle our offcuts! Whenever possible, we collect and use our offcuts to make other products. The Snug Snipe for example, is made using the offcuts created when we make our Crested Corellas.