We create our own fully transparent ethical
and sustainable supply chain. By sourcing everything
ourselves, every step is traceable to the details and we are
accountable for every choice we make.
This ensures that our materials are environmentally-responsible and sustainably sourced, and ultimately minimising our footprints as low as possible; that we are trading ethically and fairly support the artisans’ communities; and that our products are lovingly handcrafted and sustainably packaged until its delivered to our customers.
It is our goal to create range of products that are fairly priced, without asking our customers to take on the responsibility of being an ethical brand. It is after all about breaking the stigma that quality doesn’t need to be attained at the expense of the environment.
- Ethically Made and Fair Trade
- Circular Design and Sustainable Practices
- Environmentally Friendly Materials
- Waste Management and Upcycling
Our operation allows the artisans to set their prices, which cover fair wages above the average wage received for undertaking similar work; with an extra room to advance their own entities and allows them to create a suitable and safe working condition for their respective collectives. We do bi-annual visits during which we make sure the artisans are well taken care off.
All payments are made directly with no third-party involvement, and despite operating independently, the demands created through RŪPAHAUS provides our artisans with a platform to not only explore creativity beyond their norm and exhibit their art and craftsmanship, but also creates sustainable job opportunities with living wage. All in the hopes to further stimulate economic growth, social & environmental sustainability awareness, and encourage the preservation of skills amongst the artisans’ future generations. With time each of our artisans collectives has steadily grown in numbers. We are now a proud community made out of 4 artisan co-operatives scattered across Indonesia, consisting more than 80 pairs of collaborating hands, infusing life to each RŪPA creation.
We also have a significant number of women artisans, who are mothers and traditionally no longer have the opportunity to apply their crafts to earn a living wage. Through RŪPAHAUS and the flexibility that comes with slow textile processing, we have given the opportunity back to them within the comfort of their own homes.
A part of every RŪPAHAUS piece will always be invested back into the communities where they were made, we do this by re-investing an additional 5% of the revenue from your purchase back into the artisans’ community.
Sustainability is a long-term commitment for us albeit more laborious and expensive process compared to using off-the-shelf premium organic materials, but it is definitely worth our while. It is so important for us to make sure we minimise (if not eliminate) any potential environmental impact in our operation, and consequently minimise our carbon footprint as much as possible. From design, production, and to the point where our pieces reach your doorstep; we hold this value so close to our hearts.
We use organic fibres of 100% raw, local unbleached cotton – planted, farmed and spun in Indonesia; which are then processed using plant-based dyes and natural mineral mordants that are native to our artisans’ environment. This process allows us to return the dyebaths directly to the environment without disturbing the local ecosystem and use them as ground fertilisers. We utilise naturally-sourced haberdasheries like buttons out of sea shells, and our zippers are responsibly sourced. Lastly, we use plastic-free and compostable packaging, down to our stationeries such as clothing tags, wrapping paper, and marketing materials.
We only produce limited amounts of fabric runs, out of which a small quantity of pieces are produced. Any unused yarns from the collections are reused, re-dyed and re-spun for our subsequent collection. This makes our pieces even more unique and help us eliminate the possibility of having deadstock. As part of our commitment, we also run an upcycling initiative in house – re:RŪPA – that focuses on purposefully re-integrating fabric offcuts to minimise unavoidable waste obtained in our production back into the brand; and ultimately giving these beautiful fabrics at least a second chance of life.