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TACKLE hardship and waste


Right from your place.

Ripple is a social enterprise providing essential clothing to Kiwi kids living in hardship and diverting unwanted textiles from landfill through our reuse, repair, repurpose and recycling system. We equip kids with what they need and reduce the massive impact textile waste has on our environment.

Find out how you, your family, business, early childhood centre, school or community group can get involved and make our small drop have a big impact.

tackle hardship and waste


Right from your place 🚪

Ripple is a social enterprise providing essential clothing to Kiwi kids living in hardship and diverting unwanted textiles from landfill through our reuse, repair, repurpose and recycling system. We equip kids with what they need and reduce the massive impact textile waste has on our environment.

WHAT WE DO

Ripple collects, sorts and distributes unwanted and outgrown children’s clothing (0 to 12 years) from families, schools, ECE, businesses and excess inventory from retailers nationwide.

Through referrals from our community partners, we deliver Gear Box clothing parcels to children that need them most and pass on the not-so-great stuff to our community of repair, repurpose and recycling partners. Once entering our system, all clothing is reused or recycled and impact statistics are shared.

It is an easy way for Kiwis to tackle material hardship, textile waste and their carbon footprint.

WHAT WE DO

Ripple collects, sorts and distributes unwanted and outgrown children’s clothing (0 to 12 years) from families, schools, ECE, businesses as well as excess inventory from retailers.

Through referrals from our community partners, we deliver Gear Box clothing parcel to children that need them most and pass on the not-so-great stuff to our community of repair, repurpose and recycling partners.

Once entering our system, all clothing is reused or recycled. It is an easy way for Kiwis to tackle material hardship, textile waste and their carbon footprint.

JOIN the MOVEMENt

order

Now there is a simple way to pass on or recycle your children’s unwanted clothes, support your community and ensure your items don’t end up in a landfill. Simply purchase a collection bag, pack your unwanted items and put them on your doorstep. Leave the rest to us.

partner

We offer a retail solution to ensure that excess or unwanted inventory gets reused where it’s needed most. Providing children’s clothing retailers with a simple way to make a social and environmental difference and have the ability to report on these metrics.

support

Keen to contribute? Support our business growth or sponsor the delivery of Gear Boxes.
Each Gear Box provides all the clothing essentials a child needs for a year. Let’s discuss the impact your contribution will have and how we can do more together.

other ways to connect

Schools & ECE

Left with lost property?
We will take it off your hands.

ongoing collections

Regular or bulk collections?
The more the merrier.

JOIN the MOVEMENt

 

 

order

Now there is a simple way to pass on or recycle your children’s unwanted clothes, support your community and ensure your items don’t end up in a landfill. Simply purchase a collection bag, pack your unwanted items and put them on your doorstep. Leave the rest to us.

partner

We offer a retail solution to ensure that excess or unwanted inventory gets reused where it’s needed most. Providing children’s clothing retailers with a simple way to make a social and environmental difference and have the ability to report on these metrics.

support

Keen to contribute? Support our business growth or sponsor the delivery of Gear Boxes. Each Gear Box provides all the clothing essentials a child needs for a year. Let’s discuss the impact your contribution will have and how we can do more together.

our work in progress

Watch this space to see how we track on the metrics that matter to us.

gear boxes distributed

itemS received

ITEMS REUSED

itemS Recycled

REPAIRED OR REPURPOSED

KGS of CO2 emissions prevented*

*Based on a conservative 0.438kg CO2-e/per kg.

estimated Value of Gear Boxes

here for a reason

The need

We suffer from one of the worst rates of child poverty in the Western world with one in eight kids going without basic essentials. Having fitting, weather-appropriate clothing, shoes & raincoats is something that many of us take for granted but with the rising cost of living, essentials are becoming luxury items for many families.

The excess

Many parents find themselves with an excess of outgrown or unwanted clothing and shoes and are looking for easy, convenient and responsible ways to regularly shift these without them ending up in landfill. While there are a number of ways to pass items on including secondhand shops and clothing bins - there can be issues with these solutions.

The waste

It’s estimated that New Zealand sends between 100,000 to 200,000 tonnes of textile waste to landfill. While the global apparel industry is expected to rise by 63% in 2030. Textiles are responsible for 10% of global carbon emissions, putting them up there with the most carbon-emitting industries in the world alongside oil, gas and agriculture.

INTRODUCING THE

gear box

A Gear Box provides all the clothing essentials a child needs day to day throughout the year. These clothing parcels save families between $200-$400 per year. 

Currently we distribute our Gear Boxes through Women’s Refuge, Oranga Tamariki Ministry for Children and Middlemore Neonatal unit.

Families can receive one Gear Box per child per year, once these are outgrown they can send their items back through our system for either reuse or recycling.

HOST A GEAR DRIVE

Support our work at your work by hosting a Gear Drive. Employees can drop in unwanted clothing into a temporary or ongoing collection station. The cost to process the collection is covered by the host organisation. It’s an easy, fun and engaging way for your business to support both community and environmental good.

"The Ripple team are amazing. The Gear Drive was such a great way of making it easy for our staff to take part in a local sustainability initiative which has fantastic social and environmental outcomes." Carolynn Gubb, NZ Post Community & Social Impact Manager.

“The human impact of Ripple is substantial. This closely aligns with Downer’s values and with our sustainability strategy which is focused not just on our environmental footprint, but also on our social impact.”  Sandra McCormack, Downer Group National Procurement Manager.

HOST A GEAR DRIVE

Support our work at your work by hosting a Ripple Gear Drive in your office. It’s an easy way for your business or school to support both community and environmental good. 

"The Ripple team are amazing. The Gear Drive was such a great way of making it easy for our staff to take part in a local sustainability initiative which has fantastic social and environmental outcomes." Carolynn Gubb, NZ Post Community & Social Impact Manager.

THE gear box

A Gear Box provides all the clothing essentials a child needs day to day throughout the year. These clothing parcels save families between $200-$400 per year. Currently we distribute our Gear Boxes through Women’s Refuge and Oranga Tamariki Ministry for Children. 

 Families can receive one Gear Box per child per year, once these are outgrown they can send their items back through our system for either reuse or recycling.

HOST A GEAR DRIVE

Support our work at your work by hosting a Gear Drive. Employees can drop in unwanted clothing into a temporary or ongoing collection station. The cost to process the collection is covered by the host organisation. It’s an easy, fun and engaging way for your business to support both community and environmental good.

"The Ripple team are amazing. The Gear Drive was such a great way of making it easy for our staff to take part in a local sustainability initiative which has fantastic social and environmental outcomes." Carolynn Gubb, NZ Post Community & Social Impact Manager.

“The human impact of Ripple is substantial. This closely aligns with Downer’s values and with our sustainability strategy which is focused not just on our environmental footprint, but also on our social impact.”  Sandra McCormack, Downer Group National Procurement Manager.

HOST A GEAR DRIVE

Support our work at your work by hosting a Ripple Gear Drive in your office. It’s an easy way for your business or school to support both community and environmental good. 

"The Ripple team are amazing. The Gear Drive was such a great way of making it easy for our staff to take part in a local sustainability initiative which has fantastic social and environmental outcomes." Carolynn Gubb, NZ Post Community & Social Impact Manager.

because of you

We are able to make this happen.

For the women we support, it’s such a beautiful gift for them to know they have a whole year’s worth of clothes for their tamariki. The impact it makes to the women and children is huge.

Linda Thompson, Women's Refuge

We have had many whānau tell us how grateful they are as they struggle to have age-appropriate and good-quality clothing for their tamariki. It is great that we can pass Ripple Gear Boxes on to them.

Sue Gill, Oranga Tamariki

Mum of three boys, was so grateful and appreciated the help. It felt like Christmas. The youngest had to try everything on.

Oranga Tamariki staff

Mum was really excited to be able to gift some of the items to her son for his birthday, as well as to have warm winter clothes for all the children.

 

Oranga Tamariki staff


I just went through the box and you have made my day. They’re so beautiful and warm and wanted to express how thankful I am.

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Both the (new) Mum & I were shocked at how much was in the Gear Box, and the quality was awesome. 

Amy McDaid, Middlemore Neonatal Unit Nurse

The three boys are stoked with their box of clothes, they were wearing them when I saw them yesterday. Their Dad said they got some awesome gears and is very grateful and would like to pass on his thanks.

Oranga Tamariki staff

We are very grateful for the support. Having clothes for our fast-growing baby has helped a lot.

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big THANKS

To the following organisations for helping us work towards our social and environmental mission.

 

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0800 328 433

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