Rapanui founders Rob and Mart Drake-Knight grew up in Sandown Bay, on the Isle of Wight and in 2008 - at 20 and 22 respectively - Rapanui was their first successful venture together. Rapanui makes some of the most eco-friendly clothing in the world.
Through fashion’s ability to change lives, behaviour and buying habits, the business aims to make a genuine contribution to sustainability. Rapanui uses ethically accredited factories that are powered by wind and solar energy and have cut their carbon footprint by 80% since 2008 through low impact farming and cutting out airfreight. Using cutting edge eco-textiles such as organic cotton, hemp and bamboo fibre, their products also have a unique natural softness.
Their greatest contribution towards sustainability to date has been their commitment to improving traceability. Using Rapanui’s trace mapping tool you can find out exactly where their products come from and how they were made: from the seed being sewn, picked, spun and transported, it is traceability from seed to shop.
Rapanui is also working with UK MEPs to develop a potentially industry-changing eco labelling system to summarise the detailed and often confusing information on clothes packaging, and to make it easy for consumers to shop quickly with a conscience.
Rapanui featured on the Top 100 start-ups list of 2008 and was recently commended at the RSPCA Good Business Awards.
Mentioned in the Guardian as being ‘bang on trend’, Rapanui has also been seen in the Observer, the Independent and on the BBC.
For more details please visit http://www.rapanuiclothing.com/.