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True Sportsmanship Starts With The Ball

We talk about sport being the great equaliser. Something that brings people together both locally and globally, no matter what your race, gender, culture, religious or spiritual beliefs. Sport simply draws communities onto some sort of common ground, with fairness, sportsmanship, heart and passion being frequently used terms no matter what the game you play. Yet there is a forgotten side that we all take for granted mainly due to the fact that it is the only aspect of the game that we are NOT spectators to. And that is the manufacturing of the actual SPORTS BALL.  

FACT: The sports ball manufacturing industry is one of the most exploitive globally. Did you know that even just for Soccer, a small town in Pakistan known as the soccer ball making capital of world, manufactures 40 million soccer balls a year and this grows to 60 million every 4 years when the World Cup is played. Quite incredible numbers really, and this is just for one sporting code made in one very small part of the world ! It's a massive industry.

FACTChild Labour has been a part of this industry for decades, and even today it is still proving almost impossible to control.

FACT: Out of the 10's of thousands of businesses worldwide producing sports balls, there is presently only 3 or 4 that have been Fairtrade certified. This means a guarrantee of no child labour, with workers being paid fairly under fair and safe working conditions. 

RREPP is presently one of only a small handful of sports ball suppliers worldwide that is Fairtrade certified, and added to this, for every single purchase we make from our manufacturer, we give back 15% to the business and their local communities which helps financially support a vast array of social initiatives centred on things like education and health. Fairtrade is a wonderful, structured, third party auditing system that protects the people who work so hard to produce the sports balls we all love to play with everyday. From mini league, to School competitions, right through to the World Cup. 

So to every individual, School and Sporting Club, have a think about becoming a Great Sport by supporting Fairtrade. RREPP has you covered across 6 different sporting codes from Soccer, Futsal, Rugby League, Rugby Union, Netball, as well as our newly introduced TOUCH 'Freedom' and 'Justice' Match Balls, and we are now taking orders throughout September and October for early 2018 deliveries. Isn't it time we made Fairtrade in Sport our No1 GOAL?

Scott Goddard
Founding Director
m. 0422 004 954
e. scott@rrepp.com.au
www.rrepp.com.au  

- coz the planet's watching

Posted in for the love of sport on Saturday 16th September 2017

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School Uniforms That Are Changing The World

Have you ever thought about who makes your clothes. The unseen workers, mainly in developing countries, from the cotton growers up, who work tirelessly to create something that for the most part we all take for granted. Have you ever wondered why over the past 10 - 15 years everything else in the world has gone up in price, except for clothing. In fact for the everyday clothing we wear today, prices have dramatically gone down ! How can this be possible and is it something we should really be celebrating ?

We encourage you to take a look at this 2 minute 30 second trailer https://youtu.be/OaGp5_Sfbss which very quickly highlights the TRUE COST of cheap clothing. Especially in relation to clothing Made in China, Bangladesh or the new hotspot for labour exploitation, Indonesia. It's a topic worth thinking about more deeply, especially in an industry where suppliers use the words "Ethical' and 'Eco' so loosely to their customers. Yet WORDS are a far cry from ACTION when it comes to having true supply chain transparency, respected ethical certifications, and comprehensive third party auditing processes. 

Now take a look at this 1 minute 30 second video we recently put together https://youtu.be/DP8Ar4uQn6s highlighting what you could be purchasing for your School or Business, and for very little extra cost. Environmentally Conscious, Socially Conscious and backed by full supply chain transparency. And in support of recently introduced 'Banning plastics' initiatives, we also package our Polo's & Tees individually in biodegradable polybags rather than the PVC plastics used by mainstream suppliers that take 100's of years to break down in the environment. 

Simply put, cheap fast fashion comes at a terrible cost. Yet from a grassroots level, we can all become leaders in creating powerful and positive change in this space. We all know that Governments are slow at making decisions, especially when it comes to implementing social initiatives. Yet all of us as individuals, combined with larger organisations such as Schools, Sporting Clubs and Businesses, can make decisions towards important change IMMEDIATELY. All that is needed is the WILL !

Scott Goddard
Founding Director RREPP - coz the planet's watching
m. 0422 004 954
e. scott@rrepp.com.au
www.rrepp.com.au

Posted in ethical certifications on Saturday 2nd September 2017

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When Actions Speak Louder Than Words !

Our BLOG this month is simply dedicated to images of ACTION rather than WORDS. Show casing the Individuals and Organisations who are now activity supporting Social Justice through their everyday purchasing. Whether it be on the sporting fields across Australia via RREPP's Fairtrade Sports Balls, or through our Corporate branded Tee's that cross the Kokoda track with On Track Expeditions on a weekly basis. Or in our School playgrounds and classrooms thanks to a select group of P&C committee members who have said enough is enough in regards to exploitation in the garment industry. Committees who now have their kids wearing RREPP's socially and environmentally conscious Organic & Fairtrade School Uniform Polo's to school everyday. We feel privileged to be working with such a motivated and inspiring client base, that continues to grow by the day. ACTION is what counts !

Scott Goddard
Founding Director RREPP

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

Posted in breaking the poverty cycle on Saturday 5th August 2017

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Is Your Organisation Looking For An Ethical Supplier ?

Since receiving top honours by Baptist World Aid in their 2017 Ethical Fashion Report, RREPP has now positioned itself as one of Australia's leading ethical suppliers to Schools, Sporting Clubs and Businesses in general who have social justice and the environment at the core of their mission.  

RREPP launched as an Ethical social enterprise in 2013 and targeted two of the most exploitive business sectors globally. The garment industry, with a particular focus on the Uniform Polo's and Tees commonly purchased by Schools and Corporate Organisations. And the sports ball manufacturing industry which is dominated by some of the world's biggest brands. Yet big on branding doesn't necessarily mean big on ethics, and this is where RREPP over the past 4 years has come into its own.

We are now producing some of the highest quality Organic and Fairtrade School Uniform Polo's, Corporate Polo's and Tees in Australia, simply by spending time and money on creating one of the most unique & ethical supply chains found anywhere in the world. A supply chain that supports workers and the environment every step of the way. From the organic cotton farmers who grow the chemical free organic cotton that our garments are made from, through to the last stitch being applied to our amazing match and international match sports balls. We live in a world where cheap mass production dominates, yet unfortunately this comes at a huge cost to the people making these products, their families and of course the environment.

RREPP's School Uniform Polo's, Corporate Polo's, Tees and Sports Balls simply reflect our committment to people and planet. Just because workers in far away third world countries cannot be seen, it should not be viewed as a green light to exploit. RREPP is a third party audited Fairtrade certified business that also supports Organic production processes. And for everything we produce, a percentage is put back into the communities we help support. Our products are also made to the highest quality, which equates to a longer lasting purchase that has less impact on the environment through reducing landfill and wastage. We stumbled across a great saying recently which stated ' The bitterness of poor quality remains long after the sweetness of low price is forgotten'. Definitely something to think about when updating your existing purchasing policies.

So to all Schools, P&C Uniform Shop committees, Sporting Clubs and Corporate Businesses in general, our question is, are you interested in taking your everyday purchasing to a completely new level via working with a supplier that supports your own Social Justice initiatives and 'Green' programs.  The second half of every year from July through to December is our busiest for talking to Organisations who would like to take action, and who are serious about creating meaningful change within their own purchasing policies & CSR committments. 

If you would like to know more, we would love to hear from you. The next 3 -4 months is when we start taking orders for early 2018 deliveries. We've done all the hard work, all we need is for your Organisation to consider getting on board. Are you ready to make the swap to RREPP ?

Our Website: CLICK HERE
Our Testimonials: CLICK HERE

Scott Goddard
Founding Director RREPP

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

Posted in unique supply chains on Monday 10th July 2017

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5 Days Left - Up to 80% Off Fairtrade Organic Tee's, Caps & Sports Balls

Are you ready to take the PLUNGE and grab yourself a Fairtrade bargain before our 30th June deadline.

Up to 80% off RREPP's Fairtrade TEAM, MATCH, & INTERNATIONAL Soccer Balls and Netballs online through Harvey Norman's The School Locker. Prices starting from only $9.00. So get in there to grab the last of what we have left !! 

CLICK HERE TO GRAB A SPORTSBALL BARGAIN 

PLUS RREPP's Organic & Fairtrade Cotton Tee's and Caps (5 colour options and two styles) are also back on SALE for only $10.00 each

CLICK HERE TO GRAB A T-SHIRT / CAP BARGAIN

Only 5 Days left and counting ! RREPP - coz the planet's watching

Posted in rrepp news & updates on Sunday 25th June 2017

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