Responsibility

We drive responsibility in every step - from our design board to your doorstep - with our compass always set on ways to reduce fashion’s environmental impact.

Our courage and conviction puts waste - which we assure through our R Mark - back to work and our collaborations with global industry leaders magnifies our impact to demonstrate that fashion can be a force for good.

To date, we have rescued 106,000 yards of fabrics and 8,100 square feet of leather.

Inspired to end fashion waste

A typical The R Collective product has reduced carbon and water impacts, compared with other clothes made with virgin materials. That’s because we only use waste fabrics. Check out our rescued silk shirt’s savings.

98% less carbon

= 3 trees absorbing CO2*

100% less water

= 11.9 people drinking water for a year*

Every step we take matters

Together, at every step

Reducing fashion’s impact takes steely determination and strong collaboration. We love that actions speak louder than words. Together with our partners, we’re acting, from reducing fashion waste, adapting our designs, packaging and delivery.

We accept that we are a small start - but through our collaborations we bring about bigger change. Together, we are accelerating towards a circular fashion future.

Waste Materials
Environmental Savings
Product Design
Manufacturing
Packing and Delivery
Post Purchase

Reducing fashion’s waste

Reducing fashion’s waste

We want to end fashion waste. Simple. So we rescue, reuse and recycle high-quality fabrics from global luxury fashion houses and quality manufacturers. Our strong connections in the world of luxury manufacturing mean we’re in the right place at the right time - with the right ‘can-do’ attitude - to rescue materials before they may otherwise teeter towards landfill, incineration or downcycling into low grade materials.

We carefully curate and assess our fabrics for durability, comfort and style and every textile that meets our high standards then gets our red carpet treatment to be redesigned into responsible products.

We want to slow down the environmentally-polluting production of virgin textiles. Simple. And so by rescuing high calibre unwanted fabrics, we bypass virgin textile production altogether. Simple.

Reducing carbon and water footprints

Reducing carbon and water footprints

We want to reduce fashion’s hefty environmental impact, which makes fashion one of the world’s most polluting industries. We do this by reusing and recycling waste materials and integrating waste-reducing packaging and delivery methods, which in turn reduces emissions and ensures we take less of Earth’s natural resources.

We know that the science of rescuing and reusing waste stacks up too. Our environmental assessment partners, Impact of Fashion, demonstrate that reusing and recycling waste reduces our products’ carbon and water impacts, compared to similar products made from virgin materials. Using stringent international standards and methodologies from industry testing practices, we are able to share the estimated carbon and water savings for select of our products.

Designing with the wearer in mind

Designing with the wearer in mind

From choosing high-quality and durable fabrics to clever stitching considerations and adding linings for comfort and strength, our award-winning designers, who are alumni of the world’s largest educational sustainable fashion design competition, The Redress Design Award, focus on material durability and also emotional durability while minimising cutting waste. They work hard to design pieces that you will love and trust for a very long time. Focusing on the little details - like leaving enough seam allowance so that alterations can be made post-purchase - means we have your sustainability aspirations covered.

Supporting emerging sustainable designers, we provide a platform for breakthrough talents to showcase their sustainable talents, to bring their impact-reducing design ideas to life.

A new path for production

A new path for production

The only way forward is together. That’s why we’re proud to collaborate with a like-minded community of manufacturers, big and small.

From local social enterprises reviving craftsmanship and training women into the workforce, to global businesses reducing impacts in the mainstream industry, we only work with manufacturers who are as committed as we are at reducing fashion’s waste and bearing the responsibility for the people and planet.

Each of our trusted manufacturing partners adheres to our Code of Conduct, which prioritises worker wellbeing at every point through safe working conditions and a fair wage.

Reducing packaging and posting’s impacts

Reducing packaging and posting’s impacts

We partner with Avery Dennison, a global leader in materials science and branding, to showcase innovative packaging and labeling solutions designed to reduce waste in fashion supply chains. Select of latest styles feature Digital Care Labelling and digitally enabled packaging embedded with QR codes that enhance your experience around our sustainability and transparency information to inform and inspire you further into our joint journey.

We also want to wipe out single use plastic. We use Avery Dennison’s plastic-free garment bags, which replace single-use plastic poly bags that are commonly used within the supply chain, with plastic-free bags that are curbside recyclable. And our branded e-commerce mailer is made from environmentally friendly kraft paper, meaning it can be easily recycled by the end user to promote circularity.

We also partner with UPS, one of the largest and most trusted global shipping and logistics companies, to provide carbon-neutral shipping on all current orders, with no added costs to you, to highlight reduced-impact business solutions for the fashion industry.

In it for the long haul

In it for the long haul

Sustainability doesn’t stop when a garment leaves our factory floor. We’re committed to after-purchase service, so that you can treasure your pieces for years to come.

We hope that our care resources and tips, from low-impact laundry to re-styling, inspire you with how to prolong your garment’s life-cycle, while our easy-alter, easy-repair designs mean it’s simple to alter your clothes with your changing your needs.

If the time finally comes to say goodbye to a piece of The R Collective, we offer a take-back service in partnership with our sister charity Redress, which gives your pieces a new lease on life in the second-hand market as we together continue our journey towards lessening fashion’s environmental impact.

* The carbon and water savings are evaluated by our assessment partner, Impact of Fashion, using a series of impact assessments that classifies and combines the flows of materials, energy, and emissions into and out of each product system by the type of impact their use or release has on the environment from thousands of data points. They compare our products made from rescued fabrics to the same products made of virgin materials, analysed from fibre production to product completion. Learn more here