We exist to make radical improvements in how fashion is designed, produced and worn so that we can achieve significant improvements in our three measurable impact areas. We want to achieve enormous positive social and environmental impact - below is just a start! - and here’s where we do it.
AT A GLANCE
92 million tons of textile waste are generated by the fashion industry annually.1
We reduce this by rescuing textile waste and upcycling it back into fashion.
To date we have rescued approximately:
30,000 yards of fabric.
Fashion accounts for 10% of the world’s carbon emissions2 and up to 20% of all industrial water pollution comes from dyeing and treating fabrics.3
We reduce pollution by rescuing and reusing pre-existing materials, avoiding the need to create virgin textiles, and by extending clothing’s use-phase.
To date through rescuing fabrics from landfill for reuse, we have potentially reduced the creation of 14,815 KG of CO2e, which is equivalent to diverting 53.5 million plastic bottles from landfill. (*)
Environmental causes are severely underfunded given the challenges we are facing: estimates from the UK suggest that just 4% of philanthropy supports environmental work.4
We will give 25% of profits to Redress and we engage in additional fundraising activities.
To date we have generated USD25,000 for Redress and we look forward to raising more as you join us on our journey.
(*) These carbon savings are estimated by The R Collective based on the carbon footprint estimation of one of their typical upcycled products multiplied by the total of 30,000 yards of fabric waste rescued from landfill for re-use. Previously, The R Collective worked with environmental experts, RESET Carbon, on a carbon footprint life cycle analysis from raw material to factory to estimate The R Collective’s carbon savings. Results suggest that a typical The R Collective upcycled jacket has a 60% reduced carbon footprint compared with a similar jacket created using virgin materials, which is equivalent to diverting 14,882 plastic bottles from landfill.
1 Global Fashion Agenda & The Boston Consulting Group 2017.
2 United Nations Climate Change.
3 The World Bank.
4 Association of Charitable Foundations’ 2016 Giving Trends Report and Environmental Funders Network.