Our Materials
We are passionate about fashion and meticulous about materials
Our unrivalled access to waste, through our connections, and our location in the world’s manufacturing hotspots, means we rescue high calibre unwanted fabrics and avoid the need to create virgin materials for clothes. This radically minimises the industry’s impact on climate change, water pollution and land use, whilst slowing fashion along the way.
Our curation of top quality rescued fabrics has been tested and verified under SGS’s newly-launched ‘Upcycling Verification Program’.
Upcycled Savings
A typical The R Collective upcycled jacket has a

60% reduced carbon footprint,

compared with a similar jacket created using virgin materials - equivalent to diverting 14,882 plastic bottles from landfill, according to estimates provided by RESET Carbon.
Upcycled natural materials
  • Upcycled Cotton
    Cotton garments naturally feel soft and breathable. 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 bypass the need for farming and harvesting, eliminating the energy and water consumption of making virgin cotton.
  • 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 Silk
    Soft, timeless and elegant. This crepe de chine was sourced from a reputable mill serving luxury brands. We eliminate the resource-thirsty process of producing new silk, enabling us to create a positive environmental impact.
  • Upcycled Cotton
  • Upcycled Wool
  • Upcycled Silk
Upcycled plant-based textiles
  • Upcycled Lyocell
    Lyocell is a regenerated cellulose fiber found in soybeans, bamboo grasses and even cotton plants. Sourced directly from our manufacturer, pre and post-consumer cotton ‘waste’ is diverted away from landfill or incineration and given new life as one of our garments.
  • 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.

    Standing 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 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.
  • Upcycled Cupro
    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 is sourced entirely from plants.

    True to our upcycling values, we source only high quality ‘waste’ cupro reducing our carbon footprint and waste.
  • Upcycled Lyocell
  • Upcycled Viscose
  • Upcycled Modal
  • Upcycled Cupro
Upcycled synthetic materials
  • 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.
  • Upcycled Nylon
    Nylon is a synthetic fiber that is wrinkle-resistant, machine washable and is easy to care for.

    Our upcycled nylon was rescued from a premium luxury brand. Reusing quality luxury fabric that was otherwise deemed as ‘waste’ avoids the need to create virgin fibers.
  • 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.

    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’.
  • Upcycled Polyester
  • Upcycled Nylon
  • Upcycled Triacetate
Wear and 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 line dry.
Wash Less
Wash Cool
Line Dry