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ETHICAL SUPPLIER INTRODUCTION TO SCHOOL PRINCIPALS & LEADERSHIP TEAMS

HI EVERYONE

I would like to formally introduce myself to all School Principals / Leadership teams across NSW, ACT and Victoria.

My name is Scott Goddard and I am the Founding Director of a Social Enterprise named RREPP. We are a fully Australian owned and operated business having launched in Sydney back in 2013. And we are already the Supplier of choice to numerous Schools and Sporting Clubs across Australia.  

Through our third party audited supply chains, we ethically produce and supply the following products:

FOR HIGH SCHOOLS & PRIMARY SCHOOLS:

* Fairtrade certified match quality sports balls across 6 different sporting codes: Soccer / Netball / Rugby League / Rugby Union / Futsal / Touch Football

Sports Ball production globally has been plagued by child labour and adult exploitation for decades. And to this day very little has changed. We teach our kids about sportmanship, fairness, equality and community when it comes to their chosen sport. Yet rarely do we think about the people who actually make the sports balls we all love playing with, and whether these same values have been afforded to them ? RREPP is one of only a small handful of sports ball producers world wide that has been endorsed by Fairtrade, and who has the Fairtrade mark on all of its products.

FOR PRIMARY SCHOOLS ONLY:

* High quality 100% Organic & Fairtrade certified Junior School Uniform Polos. Custom made sustainably via a 'slow fashion' philosophy, and matched perfectly to the colours and logos of your existing Uniform Polos. There are very few uniform suppliers globally that have both the GOT's Organic and Fairtrade certifications attached to their uniforms. Yet RREPP is one of those suppliers.

We know that many primary school uniform shops are run by parent volunteers. And deciding on a preferred supplier is an arduous task. Yet we are not looking to over turn your existing arrangements. Only to get you to consider adding RREPP as your preferred organic fairtrade POLO supplier. So one uniform item only that through organics is healthy on our kids skin, is made from 100% natural fibres so is good for the environment, and just as importantly is made fairly and ethically.

RREPP as a business is both 'Fairtrade Certified' and 'Social Traders Certified'. Certifications that are only awarded to businesses whose corporate models are strongly centred around sustainability, and that look after people and planet throughout their manufacturing processes. As buyers of products, very rarely do we ask about our Suppliers supply chains. Are the people who are making the products we are buying being paid a living wage. Are we sure there is no child labour involved. Are working conditions for all workers safe and fair. Are the production processes and the chemicals being used environmentally conscious. Difficult questions to ask. Yet for most suppliers, even more difficult to answer.

RREPP has also recently advertised our amazing Sports Balls in the May edition of The Bursar that has just been released in both print and digital formats to over 10,000 schools across Australia.

RREPP's promotional Ad can be found HERE and with it is an editorial put together by Fairtrade Australia and NZ called 'Your Choice Is Your Voice'. Both can be found on pages 218 and 219 of The Bursar.

IMPORTANT NOTE: We are putting together our annual sports ball bulk orders with our Producer for all Schools very soon in August 2021. And offering our 20% corporate discount to everyone for any order sizes. And as a special offer, for any orders of 100 balls or more per sporting code, we can professionally print your school logo onto each ball Free Of Charge. All orders put in by the end of August will be delivered at the beginning of the new school year in 2022. 

For our Junior Organic Fairtrade School Uniform Polos for Primary Schools, we can take orders at any time throughout the year. Minimum order requirements are 300 Polos, although orders of 500 or more provides access to all of our Polo sizes. 

So that's it from us. Our product range as a supplier is only small, yet it is high quality with people and planet always being at the core of our mission. So if your school is interested in making the swap to Fairtrade in 2022, please do not hesitate to personally contact me over the coming weeks at [email protected] or on my mobile at 0422 004 954. For your viewing pleasure as well, please click on the images below to view two of our brief promo videos. And if you would like to read some of our testimonials, they can be found on our website HERE . We look forward to hearing back from you, and would be honoured to become a preferred ethical supplier to your school in the very near future. 

      

Scott Goddard & The RREPP Team
Founding Director
Chief Purpose & Vision Officer

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

   

Posted in unique supply chains on Monday 14th June 2021

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 [email protected]

Scott Goddard
Director & Founder

www.rrepp.com.au
m. 0422 004 954
e. [email protected]

Posted in unique supply chains on Monday 25th February 2019

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. [email protected]  

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

T-Shirts That Remove The Shadow Of Doubt (FREE OFFER INCLUDED)

More than 1.6 million farmers and workers are part of the Fairtrade system globally. It sounds like a lot, yet in the bigger picture scheme of things, it is a mere spit in the ocean ! In fact the majority of everyday products made today that we all buy and use, are made by workers struggling to stay above the poverty line. 

This year Fairtrade Fortnight is on between 3-16 AUGUST which is your chance to support workers who are rarely given a voice, and to let others know in your friendship, family and social media networks to do the same. It's all about wherever possible, making more ethical choices in your everyday shopping and corporate purchasing.

As you know RREPP has a strong focus on the sports ball industry and trying to get Sporting Clubs and Schools to lead the way and understand the massive difference they can make through buying Fairtrade. 

We also have a strong focus in changing one of the dirtiest industries environmentally and socially, into one of the cleanest, with our uniquely custom produced 100% Organic and Fairtrade Certified School Uniform Polos and Corporate Polos and Tees. 

So in celebration of upcoming Fairtrade Fortnight, RREPP has released a NEW RANGE of high quality UNISEX blank Tees in Red, Black, White and Yellow colours and in sizes XS through to 3XL. And with every purchase of one of these amazing Tees, we have set up our online shop so you can also purchase one of our RREPP branded Black or White Mens or Ladies Tees FREE OF CHARGE . We will be running this offer right up until the end of Fairtrade Fortnight on 16th August. 

To take advantage of this great offer, simply click HERE to be redirected to our online shop. 

Modern Day slavery is still a huge issue for many workers around the world, yet this is something Fairtrade, with your help, is looking to eradicate. Thanks as always for your support.

Scott Goddard
Founding Director

m. 0422 004 954
e. [email protected]

Image Courtesy of Fairtrade Australia

Posted in unique supply chains on Monday 23rd July 2018

Sustainable School Uniform Awarded Top Of Class

The past week has been a pretty big one for the RREPP brand. Firstly it was Fashion Revolution week which marked a week of campaigns that gave consumers the opportunity to question their favourite brands about their supply chain transparency. RREPP has a predominantly Corporate focus, so in line with our own business objectives, we would love to see our larger Corporate organisations and Schools asking their preferred clothing suppliers the simple question of 'WHO IS MAKING THEIR CLOTHES'.

Millions of people make the Uniforms our kids wear to School everyday, yet many of these people continue to live in extreme poverty. Most suppliers simply look to buy cheap from overseas producers in China, Indonesia and Bangladesh, and then look the other way. They have little knowledge about their supply chains, have scant regard for the people and their families who are making their products, and have minimal insights about the environmental impacts their garment manufacturers are having on the planet.

Last week Baptist World Aid Australia also released their annual Ethical Fashion Report, and for the third year running, out of over 400 Australian Brands, RREPP was ranked in the top categories with an 'A' grade ranking for ethics and sustainability. All our Corporate & School Uniform Polo's and Tees are not only internationally recognised Fairtrade certified, they are also 100% organic certified. Organic cotton turns one of the dirtiest industries in the world into one of the cleanest. By using organic cotton in our garments, we are achieving a 46% reduction in global warming potential, a 70% reduction in soil acidification, a 26% reduction in soil erosion, a 62% reduction in non renewable energy demand, and an amazing 91% reduction in blue water consumption.

Less than 0.7% of the worlds cotton production is organically grown, with this percentage even less when combined with RREPP's socially aligned Fairtrade certification. So if your Organisation or School would like to start dressing your employees or students in a more sustainable Uniform Polo or Tee that has significant social and environmental benefits, then why not pop us an email to find out more. We have just added a new Junior Long Sleeve Polo and Ladies Polo into our range as well.

WE KNOW WHO MAKES OUR CLOTHES

Scott Goddard
Founding Director

m. 0422 004 954
e. [email protected]
www.rrepp.com.au

Posted in unique supply chains on Sunday 29th April 2018

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