Our Materials

We are passionate about fashion and meticulous about materials. To cater to the world’s appetite for clothes - let’s face it, shopping is not going out of fashion - we put ‘waste’ back into wardrobes. Our unrivalled access to waste, through our connections and location in the world’s manufacturing hotspots, means we rescue high calibre unwanted fabrics, avoiding the need to create virgin materials for fashion. This radically minimises fashion’s impact on climate change, water pollution and land use, whilst slowing fashion along the way.


Every year, 92 million tons of industry textile waste is generated.1
Every second, one garbage truck of textiles is landfilled or incinerated.2
Every The R Collective piece is created to solve this.

We only select the best materials, checking for quality, durability, handfeel, versatility, colour and comfort. Working with our partners, we test fabrics for chemicals to ensure they comply with global safety standards and are free of hazardous substances, which ensures the best for our customers and, by being able to design out substances of concern, for circular fashion. Read our Sourcing Guidelines for more details.

Upcycling Savings

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, according to estimates provided by RESET Carbon.


Garment Care

And because we so carefully select our fabrics, we know you will care for your materials too - so they last for longer. We encourage you to wash less, wash cool and dry flat.

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Meet our Fabrics


Sourced directly from luxury fashion brands, pre and post-consumer cotton ‘waste’ is diverted away from landfill or incineration and given new life as one of our garments. We eliminate the need for farming and harvesting reducing the energy and water consumption to make virgin cotton.

Our approach to sourcing upcycled cotton allows us to produce garments that are naturally soft and breathable.

Upcycled Modal

Lenzing™ modal is a biodegradable, renewable fibre sourced from beech trees. Our upcycled modal is blended with cotton, adding drape, crease-resistance and a smooth lustrous finish. Modal pills less due to its strong fibres and is naturally moisture-wicking, keeping you fresh and cool.

By upcycling modal from reputable mills and manufacturers, we’re avoiding the need to spin new fibres, reducing our impact on our forests.


Cupro is a by-product of the cotton industry. A regenerated cellulose fibre, it is derived from cotton linter (silky fibres that stick to the seeds of the cotton plant). A breathable fabric which drapes beautifully, it looks and feels like silk on your skin but sourced entirely from plants.

True to our upcycling values, we source only high quality ‘waste’ cupro reducing our carbon footprint and waste.

Upcycled Viscose

Viscose is a plant-based fibre made from renewable plants like eucalyptus, beech and pine trees. However, producing virgin viscose can be chemically intensive, wasting 70% of the tree, contributing to the depletion of forests.

We stand by our circular design principles, instead of sourcing virgin materials, we source our viscose only from reputable mills giving us peace of mind that we are reusing luxury quality viscose that would otherwise be destined for landfill.

Upcycled Polyester

Polyester is highly durable, wrinkle resistant and quick drying making it easier to care for.

We use only upcycled polyester that are deemed ‘leftover waste’ to luxury brands, reimagining its destiny away from landfill and into beautiful garments.

With the growing concern of plastic microfibres polluting our oceans from washing our clothes, we encourage you to use a filter or wash bag like Guppy Bag to prevent microfibre pollution. Learn how to reduce microfibre release through washing.

Upcycled Wool

Wool is a naturally renewable fibre. Each year sheep produce a fleece, which is 100% biodegradable, sustainable and natural. Wrinkle-resistant, easy to clean and hypoallergenic, the surface of wool fibres retain its shape making it resilient and more durable.

We reduce our environmental impact by sourcing our upcycled luxury wool directly from our manufacturer in Bangkok, who works with the world’s most prestigious brands, assuring quality and excellent craftsmanship.

Upcycled Triacetate

A smooth, silky and drapey fabric, our upcycled triacetate is a synthetic fibre made from 92% acetylated cellulose. Wrinkle-resistant, machine washable and quick drying, it’s easy to care for this lustrous fabric. Always cool wash, as hot water or tumble drying will create permanent wrinkles!

Our upcycled triacetate is sourced directly from our manufacturer in Bangkok avoiding the need to create virgin fibres, reusing quality luxury fabric otherwise deemed ‘waste’.


Soft, timeless and elegant. This crepe de chine was sourced from a reputable mill serving luxury brands. We eliminate the need for producing new silk which reduces energy and water consumption enabling us to create a positive environmental impact.

By upcycling fabric, we can reduce our carbon footprint by approx. 60% compared to similar garments created using virgin materials.

1 Global Fashion Agenda & The Boston Consulting Group 2017.
2 Ellen Macarthur Foundation (2017), A New Textiles Economy: Redesigning Fashion's Future.

R Collective Impact

We donate 25% of our profits to Redress, reducing waste and driving sustainability in the fashion industry.

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