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Ethical School Uniform Polo's That Support PEOPLE & PLANET !

So your School has fantastic sustainability programs with a focus on people and planet. Yet have you ever thought about how your School's Uniform Polo's are being made ? 

If not then it's time to talk dirty ! With over 5 million conventionally made School Uniform Polo's being worn in over 10,000 Australian Schools every year, the absolute vast majority of these uniforms are being produced under a 'fast fashion' business model. A model that supports one of the biggest polluting industries in the world, and one of the most exploitive from a worker's perspective. 

It's not something our major School uniform suppliers like talking about, as none throughout the whole of Australia have the Organic and Fairtrade supply chains and ethical production models in place that RREPP has developed over the past 6 years since launching. We've put PEOPLE and PLANET first, with the outcomes being a clean and ethical product that can be worn with a clear conscience.

So is Ethical fund raising through your P&C run Uniform Shops too left field. Or something worth thinking about to add in with future sustainability initiatives ? We would love to hear your thoughts.

"Scott from RREPP supplied our school with 100% Organic & Fairtrade certified cotton sport polos. We have been so impressed not only with the fabulous quality and softness of the material, but also the meticulous detail with which Scott replicated our school logo and colours. The service he provided was very professional and he shows a dedication and passion for his products that is inspiring.

I would recommend every school give their children the chance to wear a polo that is made of natural fibre and non toxic dyes and most importantly manufactured by fairly compensated workers."  

Elizabeth Darton

Uniform Shop Manager - Lane Cove West Public School P&C

 

Scott Goddard
Director & Founder

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

Posted in inspiring initiatives on Monday 8th April 2019

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RREPP's Fairtrade Sports Balls - Conquering Exploitation !

It's an uncomfortable topic to talk about. Yet child labour and adult exploitation, even today, remains a scourge on the sports ball manufacturing industry worldwide. And even though reports through the media surface occassionally exposing the industry for what it is, in a world full of injustices, the issue generally gets swept under the carpet as community uproar subsides back into complacency. 

Yet for RREPP, conquering exploitation will always remain front and centre within our business objectives. We live in a very lucky country, and even though it's probably not a question Schools and Sporting Clubs ask themselves very often, perhaps the discussion of ethical purchasing should be a hotter topic than what it presently is. 

Sport is something that we tell our kids is about fairness. It's something that whatever the differences are between communities and cultures across the world, the sporting field is a place where everyone is equal. It's a shame that this Fairness and Equality doesn't extend to the people, their families and communities in far away places who make the equipment we all love playing with.

So if you want your students or players enjoying sport with all its wonderful core values intact, why not also ensure it's not at the cost of someones elses freedom or basic rights. You can do this by purchasing Fairtrade certified Match quality sports balls from RREPP, where a percentage of every purchase also goes back to communities in need. 

So if you would like to know more about how to get involved, then simply contact Scott at scott@rrepp.com.au. And ask about our 20% discounts for larger orders, plus our FREE ball branding offer for Schools and Sporting Clubs wanting to professionally add their logos. A great social justice initiative your Sponsors may even like to get involved in - coz the planet's watching !

Scott Goddard
Director & Founder

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

Image 1 Courtesy of Fairfax Media: Kids should be in School - not stitching sports balls.

Posted in for the love of sport on Sunday 17th March 2019

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7 Astonishing Facts On How Fast Fashion Is Harming The Environment

There are very few people out there that are aware of just how damaging the fast fashion industry is on our planet.

Take a look at the below video produced by the World Economic Forum (make sure you have the volume turned on). Across decades of madness we have moved away from natural fibres and naively embraced synthetics and blends that are toxic on our planet during production, during use, and of course when we throw these items away into the land fill where they fail to degrade. We've developed an insatiable appetite for buyng cheap, only to see these items discarded in less than 12 months due to poor workmanship. And then there is the excessive abuse of our precious water resources during production, and the massive use of chemicals that negatively affect both the land, worker's health and our own health. 

Even within our School system here in Australia, over 5 million synthetic, chemically infused school uniform polos are being worn by our kids across 10,000 schools every day. They are generally poor quality, produced cheaply in places like China, Indonesia & Bangladesh, and supplied by well known School Uniform brands who give nil consideration to the environment, or workers rights for that matter.

In contrast, here are 7 astonishing facts on how RREPP turns one of the dirtiest industries, both socially and environmentally, into one of the cleanest. Our Organic & Fairtrade certified supply chain :

1) Reduces land and water acidification by 70%
2) Reduces Global Warming by 46%
3) Reduces blue water consumption by 91%
4) Reduces soil erosion by 26%
5) Reduces non renewable energy demand by 62%
6) Uses nil toxic chemicals and nil GMO cotton seeds
7) Supports gender equality, fair pay and safe working conditions in what is normally a highly exploitive industry that sustains poverty rather than alleviating it.

We clearly need more transparency so our fashion choices can be more informed. Especially when it comes to Schools and larger Corporations purchasing policies. Even something as small as changing your School's uniform polo to 100% Organic & Fairtrade cotton will collectively have a significant impact both socially and environmentally. Fundraising for your School through P&C run uniform shops, whilst looking after people and planet, doesn't have to be mutually exclusive !

Ask us how by contacting Scott Goddard at scott@rrepp.com.au

Scott Goddard
Director & Founder

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

Posted in unique supply chains on Monday 25th February 2019

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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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