If 2020 has taught us anything its that now more than ever we need to support local for so many reasons.
A 3 year goal we have set is to be completely reliable on locally produced sustainable resources. Whilst this may seem to be a long time, unfortunately local resources are not as easy to source as they are not always available, and when they are, they are often far more costly than other sources. That being said, we are truly committed and excited to work towards this goal for Roo&Bear. Our vision has always been to be 100% transparent about where we source from and as far as practically possible to support local.
Time to be completely transparent
What is local about our garments?
- Cotton ( for our t-shirts)
- Wooden buttons
- Growing garment tags
- Manufacturing of the garments
What is not local?
- Hemp & organic cotton fabric
- Hemp twine
- Linen fabric
Unfortunately, Hemp is not yet regulated in South Africa, and as such cannot be sourced locally. However, as you may or may not be aware, there has been a lot going on behind the scenes around this topic and every year we take a step closer to some sought of law being passed to allow farmers to grow this amazing resource.
President Ramaphosa stated “This year we will open up and regulate the commercial use of hemp products, providing opportunities for small-scale farmers; and formulate policy on the use of cannabis products for medicinal purposes, to build this industry in line with global trends”.
In the meantime while we wait patiently for local hemp we will continue to source our Hemp & Organic cotton blend as well as the Linen from a Cape Town supplier who imports the fabric from a reliable source.
Why do we support local?
- Job creation. Can you imagine how many more jobs can be created when Hemp gets the thumbs up?! The cotton made in Africa initiative has already created so many new job opportunities!
- The more we support local farmers & suppliers the greater the demand which means the industry will grow and more companies can afford to support local opposed to outsourcing their fabrics/ manufacturing.
- We know who we are dealing with and where the products come from. We know that the companies are reliable and pay their workers fairly. This gives us control of the value chain.
- South Africa’s textile industry took a huge knock in 2005 due to a change in tariffs & trade, which resulted in local suppliers shutting down. This of course resulted in outsourcing to other countries such as China & India. It’s been far too many years and it’s time to put Africa back on the map!
- To be kinder to the Earth. Ever heard of carbon emissions? Yup every business is guilty of contributing towards these nasty emissions being released into the atmosphere. By supporting local this means that less carbon emissions are being used for the resources to get to you. Of course, there are ways to offset your carbon emissions, such as planting trees! This is something we are looking into for Roo&Bear.
A little request from us. Please support local where you can, we promise you that you are making a world of difference by doing so and how great would it be to know that you were part of the change!