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Purchasing With Purpose

In 2013 when RREPP was launched, we didn't know if our key business objectives were going to be attainable or not. We were starting to see many brands using the word 'Ethical' more frequently in their marketing. Yet we soon found out that when these businesses were asked the right questions, they were frequently unable to back their rhetoric.

We didn't want to become one of these businesses. 

6 years on and RREPP has gone from strength to strength. With Social Justice & Environmental sustainability remaining our core objectives. Backed by third party Fairtrade & Organic auditing bodies to make us accountable.

And during this time we have gradually built an action orientated client base, who truly understand the power of their purchasing. How when making ethical choices, they can transform the lives of workers, families and communities around the world. From those who make the sports balls that millions of us play with, to the clothes we wear everyday.

The garment industry remains one the dirtiest in the world. Both socially and environmentally. Yet RREPP has been able to transform it into one of the cleanest. Through using a unique supply chain from grower through to final stitch, that is 100% Organic and Fairtrade. And we are lucky to have found clients who are motivated to 'Walk the Talk' as well. Who back their Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) statements with action rather than words. 

From the amazing Flight Centre Travel Group who in 2018 contracted RREPP to produce over 3500 custom made Tee's for their highest achieving staff attending their biggest Global Gathering event of the year in Berlin. To the Christian Football Federation of Australia (CFFA) who use RREPP's top tier Phoenix Pro Soccer Balls as their ball of choice at their annual National titles. Through to the School's who now have their students wearing our healthy & ethical 100% Organic Fairtrade uniform polos.     

These are exciting times where RREPP has become more bolder and beautiful as a business. Helped by a growing group of Corporates, Schools & Sporting Clubs who themselves are wanting to break into new ground in the Social Justice space. There are always barriers. Yet Organisations that are serious about their CSR find a way.

Inspiration creates passion and innovation. From there, becoming a 'FOR PURPOSE' business is merely a formality. More on our dedication to 'Transparency & Fairness' can be found on our website HERE

We look forward to doing business with you in 2019.

Scott Goddard
Director & Founder

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

Posted in inspiring initiatives on Sunday 27th January 2019

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RREPPTASTIC FREE FAIRTRADE CHRISTMAS OFFER IS NOW ON

The process is easy. Simply buy 1 of our newly released 100% Organic Fairtrade Unisex Tees, and you can then add to your shopping cart one of our RREPP branded Tees PLUS one of our RREPP branded Caps absolutely FREE OF CHARGE. So THREE gifts for the price of ONE this Xmas to fill those Christmas stockings - or SIX gifts for the price of TWO or NINE gifts for the price of THREE. There are no restrictions, yet only while stocks last

You can access this RREPPTASTIC FREE offer  direct from our online shop HERE

Merry Xmas everyone and thanks for all your great support in 2018 - only 4 weeks to go til Christmas !

 

Scott Goddard
Director & Founder
www.rrepp.com.au

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

Posted in prizes and giveaways on Thursday 22nd November 2018

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Sports Balls That Shine A Light On Corporate Social Responsibility

Corporate Social Responsibility isn't just what big business should be incorporating into their business models. It should also extend well beyond into Smaller Enterprises, Trades, Local Businesses, Universities, Schools and Sporting Clubs. And big budgets are in no way a prerequisite for getting involved and making a difference.

Ethical purchasing is one of the easiest ways for any organisation to start making a positive impact. As most people know who receive our newsletters, RREPP for a number of years has been waving the Fairtrade banner in regards to sports ball production. Of the 10's of thousands of sports ball producers world wide in countries such as China, India, Vietnam, Pakistan and others, we work with one of only four Fairtrade certified manufacturers in existence.

What most of us do not realise is that the vast majority of sports balls globally are made under exploitive conditions. And yes child labour continues to remain a major issue in this industry. It is just hidden away as an unspoken truth, and 'white washed' under the glitz of clever marketing and convincing 'feel good' branding initiatives. No one ever talks about their supply chains and the people making their products, because it never aligns the image wishing to be portrayed ! 

No one talks about the working conditions of sports ball stitchers, wages, gender equality, safety, the ability of workers to put food on the table or send their kids to school. The basic necessities that we all take for granted. 

RREPP over the past 5 years has put these things at the forefront of our business model and we are now producing the Fairest, most ethically made, highest quality sports balls in the whole of Australia bar none. As well as giving back to the communities we support via every purchase made. 

We understand that changing suppliers is never easy. Yet supporting a business like RREPP that supports ethical trade which then helps empower entire communities, will take your purchasing power as a School or University or Sporting Club to a whole new level. Plus it is something that your own local communities will be able to embrace and be proud of. And all of this simply achieved through your regular sports ball purchasing policies. 

RREPP is now putting together our second ordering cycle for Schools and Sporting Clubs throughout Australia, for delivery in time for pre season training in 2019. The deadline for putting in an order is 15th NOVEMBER.  And no matter how big or small your order is, we will be offering a 20% DISCOUNT off our regular retail prices to EVERYONE who wants to get involved. Check out our range of Fairtrade Certified Match Balls HERE . We have you covered across 6 different sporting codes.   

And we are not just selling you a sports ball, we are selling you JUSTICE, and what you will be buying into is someone else's FREEDOM. All packaged up into a humble Sports Ball that your players will feel proud to be playing with. So why not meet with your decision makers NOW and consider making the SWAP to Fairtrade in 2019  - coz the planet's watching !

Scott Goddard
Director & Founder
www.rrepp.com.au

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

Posted in for the love of sport on Wednesday 31st October 2018

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Ethical School Uniforms & Corporate Swag That Won't Cost The Planet !

Do you know who makes your School Uniform Polos ? Or the Corporate Tee's or Polo's your company purchases for their big events and conferences held every year ? You're not alone if the answer is No !

RREPP is currently on an ambitious campaign to scale up our business to be able to have an even greater impact for both people and planet in the Fairtrade and Organics space. To provide even more business to our 100% Fairtrade and GOT's organic supply chain, which in turn will mean more financial support being provided to our cotton growing communties who are producing the clean, high quality organic cotton that is used in all of our garments, 

Some statistics from our supply chain worth noting. Organic cotton grown without chemicals is safer for our farmers, cleaner and healthier for our own bodies, especially our kids, and low impact on the environment. Yet only 0.7% of the world's cotton production is organically grown. Some other impressive environmental stats achieved through our organic initiatives include the following:

1) A 46% percent reduction in global warming potential
2) A 70% reduction in soil acidification
3) A 26% reduction in farm land soil erosion
4) A 62% reduction in non-renewable energy demand
5) A 91% reduction in blue water consumption

Add to this a Fairtrade Certification that provides better working conditions, wages, gender equality and safer & fairer work practices, then what RREPP has created is a range of Organic & Fairtrade certified School Uniform Polo's & Corporate Polo's and Tees that are some of the most socially and environmentally conscious found anywhere in Australia. Simply put we have taken one of the dirtiest and exploitive industries in the world which is the fashion industry, and turned it into one of the cleanest.

So is your School or Organisation ready to make the SWAP to RREPP ?. 

Scott Goddard
Director & Founder
www.rrepp.com.au

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

Images 1 & 3: Courtesy of Fairtrade Australia - 'Cleanest Uniform in Australia Campaign'
Image 2: Is it time to ask your existing supplier about 'Who Makes Your Clothes'
Image 4: Rozelle Public School - one of Australia's trail blazing Schools who have been purchasing RREPP's 100% Organic & Fairtrade Uniform Polo's for the past 3 years
Image 5: Over 3500 Flight Centre Staff wearing RREPP's socially and environmentally conscious custom branded Tee's at their annual Global Gathering in Berlin in July 2018

Posted in unique supply chains on Monday 8th October 2018

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If It's Not FAIRTRADE It's Not Fair Play !

Every September we put together our Sports Ball orders for Schools across Australia to ensure deliveries in time for the start of the new School Year in 2019. We have a growing number of Schools who through their understanding of the RREPP story, are now thinking beyond the major Brands, and focusing more on the individuals who make our products, their families, and the communities in which they live. 'Work Poverty' is a real issue in developing countries where lower paid workers such as Sports Ball stitchers and garment makers, still cannot put enough food on the table or send their kids to school, due to unacceptable working conditions.

The bigger brands in the Sports Ball industry are well known. Yet exactly where they sit in the 'Fair Play' stakes when it comes to the people who make their products is debatable ?

RREPP's No Blood, No Sweat, No Tears promo video below, in just 60 seconds invites everyone to think more deeply about the impact of their purchasing. Turning a blind eye to worker exploitation & child labour in the quest for cheaper products, will never play a part in creating a better world for the millions of families who continue to live in poverty. Our Global Communities, who are rarely given a voice, deserve so much more than this.

RREPP's challenge to all Schools throughout Australia is to support Fairtrade. And not by just talking about Fairtrade, yet by also taking action through the sourcing and purchasing of Fairtrade certified products wherever possible. Our deadline for Schools for putting in orders for our Match quality Fairtrade Sports Balls (Soccer / Netball / Rugby / Touch / League / Futsal) for 2019 deliveries is before the end of 3rd Term in September.

So is your local School ready to take up the challenge and start supporting 'Fair Play' both on and off the field ? The ball is in your court !

Scott Goddard
Director & Founder
www.rrepp.com.au

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

Posted in for the love of sport on Sunday 2nd September 2018

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