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RREPP Update + Free Gift Offer For World Fairtrade Day 9th May 2020

                                                                                       

Hi Everyone. We hope our latest newsletter finds you all safe and well.

There is no doubt that things have been pretty tough for everyone of late. Yes we are all in this together, yet we also need to recognise that some are doing it tougher than others. For RREPP it has certainly been a very challenging time in the evolution of our business. We have been in lockdown along with our ethically aligned Fairtrade certified supply chains overseas. And our main customer base which is our Schools, Sporting Clubs and many of our Corporates, have also been in lockdowns which has been tough on everyone.

Yet it has been especially difficult for our overseas workers of whom most come from vulnerable communities. And whose Governments have not been as generous or concerning for their citizen's welfare compared to countries like Australia. Yet as a truly ethically aligned and sustainable business, RREPP's focus during the pandemic has remained fixated on our core values which align the following:

1) Being grateful for what we have and appreciative of our workers and customers for continuing to be supportive during these challenging times (see the above video from RREPP's Founding Director Scott Goddard)

2) Ensuring our workers are ok, and not just through our words yet through our actions as well.

Committing to the latter during these difficult times has been extremely important to us. And has been achieved via the following actions by the RREPP business:

i) Supporting our workers wages by 100% honouring our order committments. Many major retail brands throughout Australia & the World have abruptly cancelled orders with their supply chains. Orders previously committed to, including completed orders, without any payments having been made. Behaviour that has left many businesses and workers in developing countries destitute. In contrast, RREPP, with the support of our customers, have not only honoured all orders we have committed to, we have also either paid in full for orders almost completed before shutdowns were enforced, or paid 50% deposits up front for orders not yet started. So helping play a part in our workers being paid an income during India's lockdowns. Income that has been supplemented by the businesses we work with.

ii) Staying in constant contact with our executive teams overseas who are ensuring workers rights, safety and mental health are being monitored.

iii) Monitoring and assisting workers who may be in more vulnerable positions than others during isolation. So in conjuction with our supply chain Unions, Welfare Officers have been place on call to assist workers where required.

iv) Behind the scenes development of new Standard Operating Procedures (SOP's) to ensure workers will be returning to even safer, more well equiped and hygenic work places in a post Covid-19 environment.

The great news also is that over the coming weeks, our workers will be gradually heading back to work. Starting at 30% capacity, and then gradually increasing to full capacity over the coming weeks. And through our great relationship with our supply chains, they have committed to getting all our exisiting orders back on track, and as close as possible (within a few weeks) to meeting original deadlines. So this is very exciting news for everyone concerned.

And one last piece of good news. Tomorrow, Saturday 9th May, is World Fairtrade Day. With the very apt message this year being 'CELEBRATING OUR STRENGTH TOGETHER' using the hashtag #FairtradeTogether . So on World Fairtrade Day RREPP will be celebrating the farmers who grow the organic cotton for our amazing custom made Tee's and School Uniform Polo's. The workers who make our products. And you our customers who have committed to supporting Fairtrade by purchasing ethically, and making a difference to so many of our workers lives, their families and communities.

And to help celebrate World Fairtrade Day, WE HAVE A GREAT OFFER FOR YOU. If you purchase any one of our Fairtrade Certified Match Sports Balls from our ONLINE SHOP, we will give you FREE OF CHARGE any one of our Organic Fairtrade Tees, PLUS any one of our Organic Fairtrade Caps. Just make your purchase HERE , and on checkout in the 'SPECIAL DELIVERY INSTRUCTIONS' box, type in the exact details of the T-shirt and Cap you would like for free - don't forget to specifiy colour, style and size where appropriate. This offer is for our Newsletter Subscribers only, and will not be advertised on our website. This special offer will end on 20th May 2020.

Thanks again for your great support.  

Scott Goddard & The RREPP Team
Founding Director

m. 0422 004 954
e. scott@rrepp.com.au
www.rrepp.com.au

Social Enterprise specialising in:

Fairtrade Certified Match quality Sports Balls
Organic & Fairtrade Certified School Uniform Polos & Tees
Organic & Fairtrade Certified Corporate Polos & Tees

Posted in rrepp news & updates on Friday 8th May 2020

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RREPP - Covid-19 Business Update

Well firstly we hope this update finds everyone healthy and safe in these challenging times. Times that we may well look back on one day and say to ourselves the bark was worse than the bite ! The global response to Covid-19 has been unprecedented, and here in Australia it is going to create much heartache and disruption to so many peoples lives, if it hasn't already. For RREPP, it is going to mean an adjustment in the way we manage our business, yet not in our overall vision and ethical business philosophies. In fact we are even more focused on these now and looking at more ways to support small local businesses, rather than the big conglomerates who always seem to get the most support from Governments. And supporting the people in our communities who may be finding things more difficult than others.   

In regard to the RREPP business, as most of you know, all our Organic/Fairtrade garments are produced in India. And I’ve personally been in regular contact with the team over there on the ground getting updates. Right at this point in time the country is taking all the usual precautions most are taking, and have been doing so for some time. There has been flight restrictions in regards to people entering the country, yet trade of goods has not been affected. The team in India, including our organic cotton farmers, have been less busy of course, yet this is understandable during times of uncertainty like we have now.

We are still taking orders from our clients, especially schools needing their School Uniform polo shirts topped up over the coming months, and there has been no issues for us meeting deadlines. The same situation applies to our Sports Balls which we produce at one of only four Fairtrade Certified manufacturers found anywhere in the world in Pakistan. We are doing every thing we can to keep supporting our marginalised communities overseas by encouraging our Schools and Sporting Clubs to keep purchasing, and putting in orders where ever possible. Our teams are ready and raring to go whenever you are.

Worth noting as well. India has a population of over 1.4 billion and as of today only 194 have been infected with the Covid-19 virus. A ridiculously low number. There are a number of reasons for this. In regards to China initially being the source, India, even being so close to China, was not affected as badly as few Chinese tourists actually visit India. Preferring to travel to more western countries. They are also not a huge importer of goods from China. Another aspect is temperature. India is already in regular 30 degree temperatures and this will increase into the 40’s over the coming months. It has been suggested the virus doesn’t survive in heat and this appears to be the case with such low numbers coming out of the country. Similar conditions have applied to Pakistan.

RREPP imports from India 100% for our garments, and not China like most other garment producers. So luckily we have been protected more than most to this point in time. So outside following all of the Government protocols for staying safe and healthy, the key aspect from here for RREPP as a business is to stay focussed, and to not get caught up in all the fear and the out of character behaviour fear can produce. Plus be as supportive as possible to all our customers, our own suppliers and of course the hard working organic cotton farmers and fairtrade artisans overseas who produce our wonderful products. 

So perhaps more of a ‘calm’ update from us, in among all the chaos and hysteria. Like all other challenges that our planet has endured in the past, we will get through this together. Take care everyone.

Scott Goddard & The RREPP Team
Founding Director

m. 0422 004 954
e. scott@rrepp.com.au
www.rrepp.com.au

Social Enterprise specialising in:

Fairtrade Certified Match quality Sports Balls
Organic & Fairtrade Certified School Uniform Polos & Tees
Organic & Fairtrade Certified Corporate Polos & Tees

Posted in rrepp news & updates on Friday 20th March 2020

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PURCHASING ETHICALLY - School Uniform Polo's & Sports Balls That Fit The Brief

Ethical consumerism, or buying ethically, is consumer based activism centred on the concept of dollar voting. It is practiced by consumers and businesses via the buying of ethically made products that support small scale manufacturers and artisans whose business models centre on protecting people, animals and planet. And that ideally have formal internationally recognised certifications attached to their products that back supplier claims. Especially as the word 'Ethical' is such a loosely used term made by suppliers these days who lack certification credentials.

RREPP's Founding Director Scott Goddard puts it into perspective:

'Ethical consumerism is a consciousness shift that all of us are capable of embracing, yet only a small percentage of us actually commit to doing it. We talk a good game yet most of us come up short when push turns to shove. A case in point that reveals Australia is a little slow embracing ethical consumerism, is that there are more than 5 million School Uniform Polo's made every year for over 10,000 Australian Schools. Yet less than 0.1% of our schools are purchasing even one ethically made product for their uniform shops. With the vast majority of conventional suppliers selling to schools having little understanding of their full supply chains, or concern for who is making their clothes and at what cost.

RREPP has worked long and hard to break away from convention, by producing and supplying our clothing through a supply chain that is 100% Organic and Fairtrade certified every step of the way. Simply put it is the best and fairest way to do business with our hard working producers, and with our customers who have committed to becoming ethical consumers wherever possible. It's what sets RREPP apart from the majority of other businesses in this space.' 

So there is an alternative for P&C committees, Principals and School communities to start considering for their school uniform polo's. Made from 100% clean and healthy Organic & Fairtrade Certified cotton. A product that is both socially and environmentally conscious, combined with sustainable packaging. 

The first step is always the hardest though. Yet as we have found with the Schools, Sporting Clubs and Businesses we already have on board, once that critical first step is taken, no one ever looks back. And just as importantly, our socially aware kids absolutely love wearing RREPP's School Uniform Polo's, and playing with our quality match standard Fairtrade Sports Balls. 

'A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step'. So for School's, Sporting Clubs and larger Businesses, if you'd like to make that first step towards joining RREPP's growing band of ethical consumers, simply contact us at info@rrepp.com.au

Scott Goddard & The RREPP Team
Founding Director

m. 0422 004 954
e. scott@rrepp.com.au
www.rrepp.com.au

Social Enterprise specialising in:

Fairtrade Certified Match quality Sports Balls
Organic & Fairtrade Certified School Uniform Polos & Tees
Organic & Fairtrade Certified Corporate Polos & Tees

Posted in breaking the poverty cycle on Saturday 25th January 2020

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HAPPY HOLIDAYS FROM THE RREPP TEAM

To all our wonderful clients. To the Schools, Sporting Clubs and Businesses who have chosen to purchase ethically and sustainably from RREPP in 2019, we can't thank you enough for your support, and for the difference you have made to so many.

Yet Christmas can also be a tough time for some. In particular our heartfelt thoughts go out to our drought affected farmers, and to those who have been so badly affected by the devastation of Australia's bushfires. If we could be granted just one wish it would be for rain more immediately, followed up by better Global Leadership on climate policy. Hopefully 2020 can bring us both.

So thank you again for being part of the RREPP family. We appreciate your business and for your great support in what we do.

Scott Goddard & The RREPP Team
Founding Director

m. 0422 004 954
e. scott@rrepp.com.au
www.rrepp.com.au

Social Enterprise specialising in:

Fairtrade Certified Match quality Sports Balls
Organic & Fairtrade Certified School Uniform Polos & Tees
Organic & Fairtrade Certified Corporate Polos & Tees

Posted in rrepp news & updates on Tuesday 24th December 2019

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Ethical Gifting: Xmas Stocking Fillers from under $10.00 (SALE)

This is our final newsletter for the year so we thought we'd go out with a bang

We've put together a range of ethical gifts for both the Adults and the younger Kids for this Christmas, and at some amazing prices.

* Organic & Fairtrade RREPP branded cotton Caps for only $9.90 (65% off)

* Organic & Fairtrade Ladies & Men's RREPP branded Tees for only $9.90 (70% off)

* Size 3 Fairtrade Match Soccer Balls / Size 4 Fairtrade Match Netballs for only $25.00 (50% off)

* Size 3 (Mini) Fairtrade Match Rugby League Balls / Size 4 Fairtrade Match Rugby Union Balls for only $27.50 (50% off) 

Stocks are limited - PURCHASE ONLINE HERE

PLEASE NOTE:  Sales ends on December 10th which is also our last date for Xmas deliveries. 

Merry Christmas everyone - 2019 was a great year for RREPP backed by your fantastic support. So thanks to you all and here's to a prosperous and sustainable 2020

Scott Goddard
Founding Director

m. 0422 004 954
e. scott@rrepp.com.au
www.rrepp.com.au

 

Posted in rrepp news & updates on Monday 18th November 2019

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