Rapanui. There's a better way.
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, rPET or British Wool, in an ethically accredited, wind 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 trace the origins of everything we make, from seed to shop. 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 do 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 a proven business case where environment and economy are not mutually exclusive.
Another consequence of a values based business is that things never stop improving. Recently we've reduced waste in our supply chain by 50% 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. Note: First we halved our waste, from that we increased our profit.
The same values that inspired our first Organic Cotton collection drove our latest 100% recycled and recyclable plastic waste fabrics. And the same values gave us the idea to give young, long-term unemployed people on the Isle of Wight a chance. Three years later 80% of our workforce and all but one of our senior management team came through that programme - 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 find out where clothing comes from, how it is made and who made it. Our belief is that rather than leverage guilt, designers should provide better information and cleaner products that solve problems when people buy them. Our hope, and our experience suggests, that consumers who have good information will go ahead and make better choices. And so at Rapanui focus on one thing: Solve the sustainability challenges in fashion through design and technology, and empower consumers to vote with their wallet by making the information convenient, accessable and the products cool and functional. 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.
"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 and eco labelling system" - 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