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Plastic contamination, unfair clothes productions and boring running apparel have grown from topics to problems for conscious runners.
The Running Republic® and its outstanding products made of recycled polyester and polyamide are the solution.
The Running Republic® is the athletic brand for the millennial Eco Runner.
Wearing The Running Republic® is shouting loud that a different world, more sustainable and more ethical is possible, and all with an outstanding product, because sustainability and fairness can be very cool!
Technical garments, outstanding graphic design and our sustainable DNA are just some of the great features of our brand.
We want you to be part of our creativity process!
The second color option of the Ultra Stretch Jacket it's your decision backers!
When we'll reach the amount of 50.000€, and we'll unlock the second color option both for men and women, we will send an update with six different color option/prints (three for men and three for women) and you, our wonderful Kickstarter community, will decide the two that we are going to produce.
Many more stretch goals are yet to come, but we need your help sharing this project to make it viral...And the third stretch goal is...
To add items to your pledge, add manually the € amount to your base pledge. After the campaign ends you will be asked in the final survey which items you would like to add.
For example, if you want to add the Ultra Stretch Jacket to the Short Running Combo as an early bird, add 149€ to the 99€ pledge as shown below.
We strongly believe in sustainability and not only in big corporations Green Washing, we believe in REAL sustainability.
This is why 100% of our garments are made with recycled materials.
For us Sustainability is based on three pillars: we only use fabrics made of recycled materials, we only use fair labour to produce our gear and we work to leave the smallest possible carbon footprint.
But why is so important the use of recycled materials and why we only use fabrics proceeding from recycled sources?
Because in terms of quality, attributes and durability there is no difference from new polyester or new polyamide to recycled one, but there's a huge difference for the Environment:
in the world less than 20% of the plastic waste is recycled and every year eight million tons of plastic waste ends up in the oceans.
This is why we had no doubt to use mostly recycled materials to produce our garments, despite the higher cost.
The two main recycled yarns that our fabric suppliers are employing to produce the fabrics that we use to make our garments are: SEAQUAL™ upcycled marine plastic and ECONYL®regenerated nylon.
We are a team of runners enthusiasts of Nature and life. We started The Running Republic® because we were tired to wear always the same boring running gear and most of all we were tired to look for real conscious running gear without finding a real solution. #chooseadifferentpath
PAOLO QUAGLIOTTI - FOUNDER AND CHIEF PRODUCT OFFICER - Graduate in Finance. Fifteen years of experience in the sports industry from purchasing to product development. Postgraduate in Product Management. Passionate about product, sustainability and sports. Linkedin Profile
ALVARO VACA CLIMENT - DIGITAL MANAGER - Graduate in Business and Law. Over ten years of experience in digital business - Marketing Manager and Co-founder at Mekdes SL (Fashion eCommerce). Master in Digital Marketing and Postgraduate in Web Analytics. Passionate about marketing, digital environment and sports. Linkedin profile
This project started from scratch and could be a reality thanks to you.
As we explained in "the story so far" timetable, the idea was born a few years ago, but it's in September 2017 that we started the process defining our inspiration moodboard and developing our graphic and pattern design, thanks to the help of our great manufacture supplier.
Of course prototypes were produced and tested...three times, we failed and retry until we reached the state of art of the final samples.
We believe in sustainability. We believe in real sustainability and real sustainability can't only be doing things the good way, we need to make good things too.
As you know, carbon dioxide emissions are the main cause of global warming and climate change, but reducing them during the production process as we do is not enough.
The challenge is to reduce future carbon emissions and actively remove the current excess of carbon from our atmosphere.
According to different studies, trees are the best “technology” to reduce carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and reverse global warming: this is why we decided to plant a tree for every backer is going to participate to our project with the help of WeFOREST.
WeForest works with communities, local organizations and NGOs to develop scalable reforestation projects, demonstrating how it is possible to mobilize communities and restore degraded soils.
Among all the projects that WeForest is developing, we decided to be partners of the Amhara project in Ethiopia, one of the most beautiful and unfairly punished lands on Earth.
Amhara Project Ethiopia
In the Machakel Wereda in Ethiopia, the local community is the heart of WeForest restoration project, by planting indigenous trees on community land, gullies, riverbanks and farmland, and planting fruit and timber trees on farms.
The main goals of Amhara Project in Ethiopia are to restore native forest, restore degraded lands, promote economic development and increase food security.
This is the project we've been working so hard in the last year and a half.
We hope you'll enjoy it as much as we did dreaming it, preparing it, and doing all our efforts to make it a reality.
We are sure that with your help...
Of course you would help us a lot sharing our project!
Risks and challenges
We know that no campaign or project is launched without risks or challenges, but we've been working very hard to minimize them, being perfectionist on every aspect before the final launch.
Our products have been conceived, designed, prototyped, tested, modified, sampled, re-tested, re-modified and finally re-sampled to achieve the state of art that present today.
We have been in the sports industry for over ten years and we built the proper network to plan different production scenarios depending on the performance of the campaign with different socially responsible suppliers between Spain, Portugal and India, making possible to produce, from ten units to ten thousands always satisfying our great sustainability standards and of course human rights.
In any case, we promise to communicate with transparency any possible production or supply issue and we promise we'll work even harder, if possible, than we did until now to guarantee that your expectations are met and any issue is solved in the shorter period of time.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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