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Where There's a Will .....

Welcome to the rrepp monthly blog. The image attached this month is one we recently posted on our facebook page https://www.facebook.com/pages/rrepp/407398129306462 and we were amazed at how much it got people thinking. To the extend that it was shared amongst the facebook community and various timelines over 100 times within 24 hours. As well as triggering some very powerful comments thoughout the chain. If you haven't 'LIKED' the rrepp facebook page yet, we would love to see you over there.

Anna Lappe is a respected author, educator and sustainble food advocate. So naturally enough her statement highlighted here was directly aimed at the food industry. Yet it clearly crosses over to all walks of life and business types. Naturally our own focus is on the Sports Ball and Garment Industries. And unless you've been asleep for the past 6 -12 months via recent media coverage, you will know that the ethics applied within these business categories, and many others, continue to be highly questionable. Yet for advocates of Fairtrade, all this is nothing new. Here lays the problem though. The majority of our population continues to believe the multi million dollar advertising and marketting campaigns put out by our larger more well known Retailers & Wholesalers, that a $7.00 t-shirt or a $9.00 mass produced Polo Shirt, is a good thing. In fact something for all of us to be very happy and excited about as consumers, as it saves us a few dollars. Where the reality is that the growers and producers and their families, in the marginalised communities who make these products, are suffering immensely in the sweat shops and poor working conditions they are forced to endure. And as for businesses proudly offering extraordinary levels of credit on their delivered products, it might be worth considering that maybe these same producers, 1000's of miles away, are the ones not getting paid due to your suppliers perceived 'act of generosity' to you as a buyer. So the poverty cycle continues, with our awareness none the wiser. And as the elephant in the room continues to be ignored. Buying Fairtrade certified products is not the only solution, as the issue is highly complex, yet it is certainly a very big step in the right direction, and something within everyones grasp.

Here is the quote from our facebook page. 'We all need to start being part of the solution, and not part of the problem ! Buying cheaply produced goods has absolutely nil higher purpose for alleviating poverty & suffering in our world. In fact it only supports it. Habits die hard we know, but they can die !! First comes awareness, and then comes the will. Pretty much the same as saying first comes the talk, and then comes the walk. We are all good 'talkers', yet it is the latter, the 'Walking', the 'Will', or more simply put, our 'Actions', that will form the basis of a better world being created at some stage in the future. And it needs to start from the grass roots up, which is all of us as individuals and communities. People tend to ignore trail blazers as they are the non conformists on our planet who make us feel uncomfortable. Yet trail blazers, in our view, are clearly what is needed here.

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Posted in words of wisdom on Saturday 3rd August 2013

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