In nature, there is no such thing as waste. When we produce at a small scale, we only take what’s needed from the earth and create little-to-no waste in our production. Julie Rais Ellis of RAIS CASE wastes nothing when it comes to designing her bags, “we keep all of the scrap leather created in the production of our bags and bring it back to our shop for our community and customers to create a variety of personalized leather goods with”. By valuing and utilizing every resource around us – the knowledge, experience, insight, and materials abundant in our ecosystem – we model nature and live in harmony with it. Click on the link in our bio to learn more about Julie of Rais Case.
Here at The Ecology Center, we are inspired by nature’s perfect design- where there is no waste, and everything is regenerative. As we set out to model what our ideal looks like, we’ve identified the importance of producing no waste as a founding principle of Handmade and one solution for regenerative/sustainable production. Can you speak to this point in your work and philosophy as a designer? How does Rais Case combat waste within the design process?
Julie Rais-Ellis of Rais Case: As we have grown we have stopped and taken a much wider view as to how we build our business. We carefully consider every part process, from design to our supply chain, our cut and sew team, our shop team, and most certainly our customers. Ultimately we want to create beautiful bags that provide a wide range of use and longevity. Yet at the end of a RAIS CASE bag’s lifecycle, we will welcome it back to our shop and incorporate the material into our community “shop and create” table. Additionally, we keep all of the scrap leather created in the production of our bags and bring it back to our shop for our community and customers to create a variety of personalized leather goods with.