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Sustainable Ethically Made Uniform Polos - Is Your School Ready To Swap

Have you ever wondered how your School could make a significant social and environmental impact, simply through the everyday purchasing you are already doing ? Something where every single day, your students would be wearing your schools values, whilst at the same time being reminded of their place in the world as global citizens and change makers.

The fast fashion industry which includes the school uniform space, for decades has been ethically and morally questionable. An untold story unceremoniously unveiled in the documentary 'The True Cost . You can take a look at the trailer HERE

Yet of the 10000 + schools across Australia, only FOUR have their students wearing sustainable, ethically made 100% Organic & Fairtrade certified School Uniform Polo's.

Socially & Environmentally conscious grassroots purchasing is where change happens. So RREPP congratulates our wonderful clients Lane Cove West, Rozelle, Turner and Orange Grove Primary School's for taking action and purchasing a more ethical and healthier uniform option for their students, with the support of their school communities.

So if your School would like to know more, just contact us at [email protected] . The best change happens when we are in full control of making that change happen. So this is a loud shout out to all Primary School P&C's !

No one ever made a difference in this world by being like everyone else ! We would love to have you on board !
 

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

Posted in breaking the poverty cycle on Wednesday 10th June 2020

PURCHASING ETHICALLY - School Uniform Polo's & Sports Balls That Fit The Brief

Ethical consumerism, or buying ethically, is consumer based activism centred on the concept of dollar voting. It is practiced by consumers and businesses via the buying of ethically made products that support small scale manufacturers and artisans whose business models centre on protecting people, animals and planet. And that ideally have formal internationally recognised certifications attached to their products that back supplier claims. Especially as the word 'Ethical' is such a loosely used term made by suppliers these days who lack certification credentials.

RREPP's Founding Director Scott Goddard puts it into perspective:

'Ethical consumerism is a consciousness shift that all of us are capable of embracing, yet only a small percentage of us actually commit to doing it. We talk a good game yet most of us come up short when push turns to shove. A case in point that reveals Australia is a little slow embracing ethical consumerism, is that there are more than 5 million School Uniform Polo's made every year for over 10,000 Australian Schools. Yet less than 0.1% of our schools are purchasing even one ethically made product for their uniform shops. With the vast majority of conventional suppliers selling to schools having little understanding of their full supply chains, or concern for who is making their clothes and at what cost.

RREPP has worked long and hard to break away from convention, by producing and supplying our clothing through a supply chain that is 100% Organic and Fairtrade certified every step of the way. Simply put it is the best and fairest way to do business with our hard working producers, and with our customers who have committed to becoming ethical consumers wherever possible. It's what sets RREPP apart from the majority of other businesses in this space.' 

So there is an alternative for P&C committees, Principals and School communities to start considering for their school uniform polo's. Made from 100% clean and healthy Organic & Fairtrade Certified cotton. A product that is both socially and environmentally conscious, combined with sustainable packaging. 

The first step is always the hardest though. Yet as we have found with the Schools, Sporting Clubs and Businesses we already have on board, once that critical first step is taken, no one ever looks back. And just as importantly, our socially aware kids absolutely love wearing RREPP's School Uniform Polo's, and playing with our quality match standard Fairtrade Sports Balls. 

'A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step'. So for School's, Sporting Clubs and larger Businesses, if you'd like to make that first step towards joining RREPP's growing band of ethical consumers, simply contact us at [email protected]

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

Posted in breaking the poverty cycle on Saturday 25th January 2020

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. [email protected]  

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

How Purchasing Ethically Can Change The World

We've all heard the saying 'Give a man a fish, and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish, and you feed him for a lifetime.'  Yet what if the Fisherman wanted to start upscaling his business. Should we start looking at the Environmental and Social side of things as well from a bigger picture perspective. Surely we would like to see his fishing done sustainably, combined with the fisherman being paid a fair price for all his hard work so he can then support his family, send his kids to school, and perhaps even enjoy some small personal luxuries with his family and friends. Yet unfortunately in the real world, the latter is where things frequently fall down, with the cost often being a heavy one both environmentally and socially.

Take the garment and sports ball industries for example. Why is it that these larger retailers and wholesalers here in Australia and across the globe, can generate so much profit for themsleves, yet are unable to support their overseas workers properly who manufacture their products. The facts are that many of these main stream business models are deeply flawed, and simply centre on buying as cheaply as possible from struggling third world producers, in order to make as much profit as possible for themselves and their bottom line. Now there is nothing wrong with making a profit. Yet when the business model is centred solely on this at all costs, then human rights, the environment and workers rights, get completely forgotten. We all want cheap and we all want a good deal whether it be based around price or special kick backs. Yet there is a fine line here in regards to what is fair and sustainable, and western business models that simply feed and support third world poverty.

Purchasing ethically is a real solution to all of this and it doesn't have to create a burden on the hip pocket either. Many ethically produced products only cost a few dollars more and are generally made of better quality so are longer lasting. Some ethically made products are even cheaper as major brands frequently cash in on huge margins because they know people are brand obsessed and believe the slogans that are so strongly promoted. How often do you see Banks advertisng how caring they are and how they genuinely have our interests at heart, and Telecommunication companies promoting their wonderfully reliable networks and exceptional customer service ! Words are one thing, yet whether they align with reality is a completely different matter. Such is the power of advertising !

So the next time you are making a purchase, take a step back and have a think about what's real. Ask the business you are buying from about their supply chain and about the people who have actually made the product you are buying. Does your School or Business or Sporting Club have purchasing policies aligned to buying ethically if an ethical alternative exists. Or are they simply centred around price, kick backs and fund raising opportunities that come from buying cheap. Thinking locally is always understandable as we try to focus on things that affect us more directly within our own communities. And it is easy to think that bigger picture issues in regards to world poverty are simply too great for any of us individually to ever be able to make a difference. Yet purchasing ethically is something that can and will make a difference because the businesses you are purchasing from are actually looking after the people who work tirelessly to produce the product you are buying. So teaching a man to fish is one thing, yet paying him fairly and not exploiting him for the fish he has caught is how the world will slowly start clawing its way back into balance.      

* RREPP is a growing Sydney Northern Beaches based Social Enterprise producing quality Ethically made Fairtrade Certified Match & International Match sports balls, and Organic & Fairtrade certified School Uniform Polo's, Corporate Polo's and Tees. 

Scott Goddard
Founding Director rrepp
m. 0422 004 954
e. [email protected]om.au
www.rrepp.com.au

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Posted in breaking the poverty cycle on Wednesday 1st March 2017

School Uniform Polo's Made From The Heart

Unethical School Uniform Polo suppliers have branded themselves on mass into the education system throughout Australia for many years now. Cheap poorly made products that unfortunately also have serious negative environmental and social impact that very few of us ever really think about.

There is a documentary worth viewing called 'The True Cost' that was relased in 2015, that reveals exactly what is going on behind the scenes in the fashion industry. So take a look at this short 2 minute 30 second trailer HERE if you haven't already, to get a glimpse of an industry that has clearly lost its way. It's gut wrenching viewing yet it is real ! Our obsession with cheap clothing unfortunately has an unacceptable high cost on our planet and on the many workers, families and communities who produce our products. Yet School Leadership Teams and Uniform Shop Committees do have the power to take ACTION and create positive CHANGE in this space. And what a great practical way for our kids to start learning about important social issues, than by wearing a School Uniform Polo or Sports Polo to school everyday, that not only creates social awareness, yet also has the ability to create empowering social change. We know parents and students are overwhelmingly supportive of their schools adding an ethical choice into their School Uniform shops, and we know that the vast majority of parents do not mind paying a few dollars more to have their children wearing a superior quality product that doesn't take the shirt off someone else's back !

We have around 10,000 schools throughout Australia and nearly 4 million students, and most have a Uniform Polo or Sports Polo option for their students to wear as part of their school uniform policies. Yet everyone of these Polo's also comes individually wrapped in a PVC plastic polybag that is immediately discarded into the environment after the Polo is purchased. We will let you do the numbers on the negative impact this has on our planet on a daily basis, and this is just for one uniform item aligned to Schools, let alone the garment industry as a whole throughout the world where the hidden cost of plastic packaging is simply astronomical.

So the big question at the end of the day is, is your School ready to move on to something better. Are you ready to say goodbye to the Polo label you've always loved and supported, probably due to price or convenience more than anything else, and consider making the change to an alternative that puts social justice and the environment at the forefront of your purchasing decisions. Here is a general overview of what you are likely purchasing now, compared to what RREPP has created and developed throughout 2016, and is now ready to offer Schools in 2017 and beyond:

CONVENTIONAL SCHOOL UNIFORM POLOS
                                                                           
* Made in China
* Made from pesticide grown cotton often mixed with plastic polyesters
* Poor quality
* Use of cheap questionable labour practices
* Toxic dye usage
* Use of nontransparent supply chains
* Packaged in PVC polybags that take 100's of years to breakdown
* Sold to parent's / students for between $20.00 - $35.00

RREPP'S SCHOOL UNIFORM POLOS

* Made in India
* Made from healthy 100% GOT's Certified environmentally conscious Organic Cotton
* Exceptional Quality
* Independently Fairtrade Certified (no child labour)
* Use of only GOT's certified Eco dyes
* Transparent supply chain 100% third party audited by Fairtrade & GOT's
* Packaged in biodegradeable polybags
* Can be sold to parents / students for less than $30.00 (* based on our junior polo pricing)

So out of 10,000 Schools throughout Australia educating 4 million students, how many do you think are offering an ethically made Organic and Fairtrade Polo option ? 10% ? 5% ? 1% ? The actual number at the moment is only 3 schools Nationally or 0.03%, with RREPP securing two of these Schools in late 2016 when we first launched our product to market. RREPP is one of only a handful of suppliers worldwide manufacturing a product like this in such a socially and environmentally responsible way, whilst also offering a personal professional service that is second to none. Something that is completely unique in an industry focussed on mass production and lack of supply chain transparency.

And thanks to our two pioneering schools who have already come on board with us and will have their students wearing our Organic and Fairtrade Polo's in 2017. These Schools are not just part of a wonderful localised social justice initiative that includes students, teachers, parents and their local communities, they have also become part of a far greater social statement by recognising and speaking up for those who are rarely given a voice. So what do you think - is your School ready to make the ethical swap to RREPP ?

Scott Goddard
Founding Director rrepp
m. 0422 004 954
e. [email protected]
www.rrepp.com.au

rrepp on YouTube

Posted in breaking the poverty cycle on Thursday 5th January 2017

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