Rapanui. Our work so far.
Our values make our organisation and products totally different. We're not trying to work towards sustainability, our business is built on it.
We started our company to solve sustainability problems in fashion with better design and technology. Products we design and produce are made from more sustainable materials like organic cotton in an ethically accredited, renewable energy powered factory. You'll also find cutting-edge low waste printing technology, and incentivised material recovery: Every Rapanui product has a value that can be recovered at the end of it's life, by freeposting it back, even with your custom print on it. And you can find out more about how stuff is made by scanning the qr code on every product we make. We have made this supply chain open-access: Anyone can build a businesses using our tech and our supply chain, for free, at Teemill.
Fundamentally Different sustainability.
We make products from sustainable materials in an ethically accredited, wind powered factory and use technology and design to show that ecology and economics can work together. Our company is values based. That makes us fundamentally different to businesses trying to be a bit more sustainable: Our whole company is built on a mission to solve it.
The outcome is a cleaner supply chain, and our technology now enables anyone in the world to access and use it, for free, at Teemill.com.
At Rapanui we think we have shown that the environment and economy can work together.
Another consequence of a values based business is that things never stop improving. Recently we've reduced waste in our supply chain by developing cutting edge printing technology and then making this available to anyone at Teemill. Or by developing an internet-of-things inspired API, enabling coders to build apps that connect to an entire factory. This reduced waste, reduced cost and and improved sales. It emphasises our view that sustainability and economics do not have to be compromises.
The same values that inspired our first Organic Cotton collections in our shed inspired us (once we got a bit bigger) to see what we could to do help other young, enemployed people on the Isle of Wight. Our apprenticeship and graduate vocational training programs have craeted an amazing culture at Rapanui, so we made it a priority - the majority of our full time workfroce and all but one of our senior management team came through this program - making us a social enterprise according to some.
Fundamentally Different - Everywhere you look.
Renewable Energy. From the factory in India that makes the garments, to the factory in the UK that prints the products, and the offices that house the people on desks.
Better Fabrics Organic Cotton, Recycled Plastic, Dacron, Tencel, British Wool and bamboo. Design with lifecycle in mind.
Circular Freepost anything that's got our name on it back to us at backtorapanui.com We'll give you a credit note.
Tech More than just fashion. Our investment in tech means better products, better service and new possibilities - like our Custom T-shirt Studio and Teemill, a platform that lets creatives, charities, brands or individuals access our supply chain and build an online business on it. It's free.
Social Helping fix youth unemployment on the Isle of Wight, and paying fair wages in manufacturing.
It's not that people don't care, it's just that they don't know.
Our aim is to try and make it easy, fast and convenient for people to choose more sustainable clothing. We know that designers, suppliers and consumers must work together to solve the issues in the fashion and textiles industry. As designers we are working on better information and cleaner products that solve problems when people buy them - as well as technology to improve access. Our hope, and our experience suggests, that consumers who are informed and empowered will go ahead and make better choices. We can't beat an unsustainable economy by arguing with it, but we can join in and turn things around from the inside, one product at a time.
About RapanuiRead the Rapanui story, a company that started in a garden shed with £200 and a mission: Make clothing more sustainable
"A most valuable and interesting project" - Sir David Attenborough
"Truly Sustainable" - BBC Online
"Truly innovative, What Rapanui are doing is game changing, it is at the cutting edge of technology, " - Wayne Hemingway MBE
"We love Rapanui for it’s 100% traceability policy" - The Times
"Bang on Trend" - The Guardian
"Rapanui feature in my top 50 global eco companies" -Sir Richard Branson
"A refreshingly open approach to transparency - a world first" - The Ecologist