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Crisis and Rapanui Launch New Ethical T-shirt Range

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Crisis, the UK national homeless charity, have collaborated with award-winning eco-fashion brand Rapanui to create an exciting new range of stylish t-shirts. The range aims to support vulnerable people across the UK.

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The range includes a selection of stylish and thought provoking designs including t-shirts which have been produced by Crisis members who have experienced homelessness themselves, as well as the brand’s No One Turned Away campaign logo t-shirts. The No One Turned Away campaign calls on the Government to make tackling homelessness a higher priority.

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If this wasn’t enough, shoppers can have some fun designing their own t-shirts using a simple online software. Designing your own t-shirt makes a great personalized item of clothing or, even better, a unique present for a friend this Christmas.

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According to Jon Sparkes, Chief Executive of Crisis, “Many of the homeless people who take Crisis classes and courses are incredibly talented artists. That shines through in their t-shirt designs which are now on sale to the public.

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“Perhaps my favourite t-shirt of the lot quotes George Eliot, saying: ‘It is never too late to be what you might have been.’ That’s what Crisis is all about. Sales of these t-shirts will fund arts classes, CV writing workshops, Shakespeare performances, maths classes and much more – everything that people need to rebuild their lives and leave homelessness behind for good.”

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Fashion brand Rapanui was founded by brothers Mart and Rob Drake-Knight in 2008. The brand is renowned for their ecological approach to clothing in a modern world: while they are determined to create stylish and trend-setting clothing, they are also aware that we all need to play our part in looking after our changing planet.

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All Crisis Collection designs are made from 10% organic cotton and bamboo in a wind powered factory in southern India and shipped, rather than flown, to the UK. Furthermore, the Crisis Collection has been created using water based inks, and heat given off by the print dryers in the factory is re-circulated to heat the Rapanui factory.

All materials used are so ethically sourced that production can be traced back to the very camels that transported the cotton.

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The t-shirts, along with a selection of tote bags and hoodies, will be available for sale at www.rapanuiclothing.com/crisis. All proceeds from sales will go towards Crisis’s work to end homelessness through housing, health, education and employment services for thousands of people across the UK. Priced at only £19, who knew that a t-shirt can make so much difference?

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