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School Uniform Purchasing That Comes With Purpose !

Most School P&C committees buy their School Uniforms from Suppliers who manufacture over in China. And the reason for this is that they are cheap ! Yet this doesn't mean great value for everyone unfortunately. Especially for the workers making our kids uniforms who are for the most part exposed to exploitive work practices. The problem is that when something is cheap, we as consumers tend not to ask the right questions of our suppliers and their supply chains. Especially in relation to where the cotton is grown and the massive amount of chemicals used. It's easier just to turn a blind eye. 

Did you know that Britain has recently taken a lead in this space, and is now seeking to block the import of goods suspected of being made using forced labour in China's Xinjiang province. Where up to 2 million Uyghur Muslims are being held in so called 're-education camps'. It is the latest international response to the alleged use of forced labour in the region which produces around 85% of China's cotton, and more than one fifth of Global supplies.

Foreign secretary Dominic Raab, outlining his proposals to MP's in the House of Commons, described human rights abuses in Xinjiang as 'harrowing' and said the UK had a 'moral duty to respond'. 

School Uniform manufacturing is not just about the end factory that does the final stitching. It is about the full array of very complex supply chains starting with the cotton farmers. Supply chains that for the most part lack independent auditing. The documentary 'The True Cost' tore down the curtain in regards to what has been going on behind the scenes in the garment industry for decades.Take a look at the trailer by clicking on the image below. We hope it may influence you asking a few extra questions to your supplier whenever you put in your next order of School Uniform Polo's !

  

And we are not saying the solution is an easy one. The vast majority of School uniform suppliers are not trading under the Fairtrade certification. And unless the cotton is being produced organicially, conventional cotton farming is one of the 'dirtiest' industries on the planet. With a high use of pesticides, high water consumption and unsustainable farming practices that degrades the environment.

Here at RREPP we don't have all the answers either. Yet we do have a perfect solution for one School uniform item that none of the mainstream School Uniform Suppliers in Australia are able to produce. And that's our 100% Organic & Fairtrade certified School Uniform Polo that is third party certified and organically produced and manufactured through every step of our uniquely sustainable supply chain. Our Organic GOT's certification means the environment is looked after as well as the health of our children with no toxic clothing dyes seeping into their skin. Plus our Fairtrade certification means our workers are looked after every step of the way. Which means they are able to work their way into a better life. Rather than being stuck in generational poverty for decades. 

If you would like to find out more about RREPP's unique ethically produced School uniform Polos, please don't hesitate to make contact with Scott Goddard at [email protected] #purchasingwithpurpose #coztheplanetswatching

Scott Goddard & The RREPP Team
Founding Director

m. 0422 004 954
e. [email protected]
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
A boutique range of Organic Fairtrade Corporate Merchandise

   

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Posted in inspiring initiatives on Saturday 20th February 2021

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