About RantipoleRantipole = an unruly, wild and rakish young person
The Philosophy of Rantipole
Our idea is basically, that everybody has the power to decide for themselves, in which direction the world and one`s own life will develop.
This is why the philosophy DIY is a huge priority to us. We manufacture as much as we can with our own hands, so we have the greatest possible control over the production conditions and used materials.
At Rantipole everyone has equal rights to provide ideas and improvement suggestions.
We have decided to set a mark against the prevailing trends and flows and to keep our products friendly to all human beings, animals, and environment alike.
Through our clothing we intend to stand up for sustainability and social justice!
The consumer has the power and every purchase takes impact on which products and companies will shape our future planet.
This is why we conscientiously pick our suppliers and keep an eye on with whom we are working together.
A T-Shirt, which is protesting for freedom, should not destroy the livelihood of those, that manufacture these T-Shirts.
For freedom and equality, against fascism and speciesism!
- vegan, ecological and fair clothing and accessories
- handmade manufactured by us in our atelier in Mannheim (Germany)
- individual due to minor production numbers
- extravagant, self shaped designs
- great quality through certified raw material and high-quality workmanship
- ecological friendly production and animal protection
The label Rantipole is under vegan management and it really is a matter of our hearts to us, that our products do not harm any kind of animal in any way.
We renounce animal source materials such as leather, fur, wool, silk or down to 100%.
Our Stickers and Flyers are printed vegan.
The colors with which we print our textiles do not contain any animal components and are also environmentally friendly.
Our buttons and Latsches are made out of coconut, wood, ivory nut, metal, glas or stone. We don`t give material such as nacre, horn, letaler or solid bone any chance!
Rantipole not only takes care that the finished product consists of vegan source material.
Also our packing tape is without Casein (milk protein).
All in all one can also say that we are as much vegan, as it is possible to be today.
Transparency is important, because a free decision needs honest information.
This is why we do not want to keep the following information from you.
Because unfortunately the textile industry has not reached at veganism yet. Even the biological sector you can`t control the biological sector to 100% certainty, which additives are being used in the course of the fabric production.
Additives can be vegan, but they don`t have to be. Textiles are not subject to strict marketing obligations such as those of food products.
Additives do not have to be labeled in textile retail, since the textiles do not contain these substances anymore, after the first washing process.
In addition there are further factors, which make control over these additives enormously complicated, e.g. one and the same fabric manufacturer does not always have to make use of the same additives.
But we communicate with our suppliers and stand up for more transparency and 100% vegan textiles.
In the course of time and increasing demand, manufacturers will surely rethink and adapt.
Also we place much value on biological production.
But what does that have to do with the question of how animal friendly a product is.
Please read under "Why organic farming?"
We buy the fabrics we use from organic certified suppliers.
These fabrics meet the following criteria:
- Raw material from organic farming
- The fabrics are not made of problematic additives, such as toxic heavy metals, Formaldehyd or aromatic solvents
- The fabric production meets social minimum requirements, which ensure secure and fair working conditions and also prohibit child labor
- Without genetic engineering/without GMO
- Great quality of fabrics
Ecological agriculture is a decisive factor for the animal and ecological friendliness of the products.
This is why all our fabrics come from supervised biological agriculture.
But most utilized fabrics do not have higher certifications yet.
Organic farming prohibits sythetic herbiceds, fundicides or insecticides, while dispensing with mono cultures, defoliants and genetically modified organisms.
Especially with cotton the difference between conventional and ecological agriculture is severe. Conventional cotton is one of the agricultural products with the highest chemical input and often cotton is genetically modified as well.
However biological production ensures the soils stays fertile and that no genetically modified plants are processed. Due to the abandonment of genetically modified plants,
the diversity of species on earth remains and the sensible nutrition cycle of plants and animals stays protected.
In consequence organic farming protects many animal types are protected against death, since the conventional inserted poisons not only kill parasites, but also a great number of other species.
Due to biological agriculture entire rivers and regions are preserved from developing into life threatening and poisonous areas.
This is how the livelihood of insects, birds, and water life is ensured and how nature is looked after.
Certain organic labels also guarantee, that even during the future processing of textile raw materials no health and environmental harmful chemicals are used. In addition some organic labels stand up for the reduction of sewage and waste material in companies.
Since we sew almost everything here in Germany in our Atelier, we don't have to worry at this point about the production conditions.
Some basic items, such as T-Shirts or fabric bags, we purchase. All these products originate from fair trade and carry according certificates.
You can find the exact features of every product in the product description.
People benefit from ecological agriculture and further organic guidelines, because our the clothing we wear on a daily basis, is not contaminated by chemicals.
Clean-exhaust produced clothing is especially skin sensitive and pleasant to wear.
Further more, many organic labels also guarantee a high quality of the fabrics, that makes slow fashion possible.
Biological agriculture attaches great importance to the preservation of fertile soils. In most cases these soils are also the nutritional basis of many farmers and inhabitants.
Therefore human beings will benefit more, if harmful chemicals are not utilized.
This way nutrition as well as water deposits stay drinkable and edible and are harmless for humans and animals alike.
Since in biological agriculture the input of genetically modified plants is prohibited, the farmers are protected from gene technology companies, which regardlessly try to profit from farmers.
In addition most organic certificates have social minimum requirements, which have to be met, such as the prohibition of child labor.
The problem with plastic trash is possibly most familiar to people, but still more non biodegradable waste is produced on a daily basis.
In the long term the greatest amount of plastic ends up in nature and in the ocean.
Therefore we avoid plastic as good as we can.
Rantipole does not make use of fabrics consisting of synthetic chemical fibres such as Acryl, Polyester, Polyamides, etc.
During the washing process of textiles consisting of plastic, small plastic microparticles end up in the sewage and therefore harm the environment.
In addition to that, containing plasticizers are harmful to the hormonal balance of species.
Birds, Ocean creatures, and other animals die, because they mistake plastic for nutrition.
This is the reason why we depend on natural, biodegradable source material. We do not make use of any synthetic buttons and or other types of plastic latches, etc.
In order to package our shipments, we make use of adhesive paper tape and compostable bags.
Unfortunately plastic is so omnipresent, that we can`t avoid this thoroughly. We have decided to prefer using sewing thread out of Polyester, which has been recycled, since this is more sturdy than cotton thread. Also our other threads consist of Polyester. By means of quality these are not recycled. But here we pay attention, that manufacturers have environmental friendly working conditions. Some fabrics also consist of spandex, in order to make these more elastic. The colors, we use to print our clothing, unfortunately also consist of plastic.
So if you want to avoid plastic to 100% you are very welcome to contact us and if possible, we will grant you your wishes.
The less you have, the more you have. This is how we package our goods.
In our packages you will not find cartons in cartons and you will not be confronted with a flood of packaging chips.
The bags we use are compostable and packages are recycled.
Also all flyers, paper labels, and printing paper, as well as our Polyester Thread consist of recycled material.
Our companies bank account is at the Triodos Bank. This is a sustainable bank. You can find more information in detail about their intern conditions on their homepage.
We supply our workshop with green energy.
Our workshop in Mannheim (Germany)
Fabrics in our fabic stock.
Printing a T-Shirt with screen print.
Making cutting patterns.