Sustainability
We put sustainability and circularity at the heart of everything that we do. We use our courage and conviction to put waste back to work, in order to achieve our mission, a world without waste.
Rescued fabric
82,000 yards
CO2 reduced
52,000 Kg*
Inspired to eliminate waste
Every The R Collective piece is created to eliminate waste.
Every step we take matters
Every step we take matters
Numbers don’t lie, but we understand that actions speak louder- so here’s how sustainability is steering us, every step of the way. Read on to discover our process of rescuing quality waste materials and repurposing them into bold new designs.
We accept that this is just a small start- that’s why we’re working hard to bring about big change. Together, we are accelerating toward a circular fashion future.
Waste Materials
Product Design
Order Placement
Manufacturing
Packing and Delivery
Post Purchase
Putting waste back into wardrobes
Putting waste back into wardrobes
Producing virgin textiles is costly to the earth- by only rescuing high calibre unwanted fabrics, we bypass this process altogether. Our strong connections in the manufacturing industry give us unprecedented access to end-of-run resources from luxury fashion houses across the globe.
Carefully curated and strenuously tested for durability, comfort and style, every textile that meets our high standards represents a second-chance at slowing down fashion.
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, our designers’ focus on material durability and also emotional durability. They work hard to design a piece 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 dreams covered.
Supporting emerging designers, we provide a platform for breakthrough talents to showcase their sustainable talents.
A shopping experience that’s uniquely you
A shopping experience that’s uniquely you
At the R Collective, we produce both ready to wear and made on demand clothing. This fusion model of production allows us to minimise waste, listening to what you want with the aim of cutting out deadstock altogether.
Ultimately, however you shop with us, your The R Collective piece is a limited-edition piece of sustainable fashion history, because our rescue process is limited, unpredictable and - quite honestly - a treasure hunt.
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 social enterprises reviving local craftsmanship, to global businesses changing the mainstream industry, we only work with groups who are as committed as we are to reducing fashion’s waste.
Each of our trusted partners adheres to a no-nonsense Code of Conduct - prioritising worker wellbeing at every point through safe working conditions and a fair wage.
Delivering on our promises
Delivering on our promises
Packaging pollution is going out of style- and we’ve found two industry innovators who couldn’t agree more.
From recycled labels to water-soluble hang tags, our global labelling partner Avery Dennison is committed to bringing circularity to your collars.
Meanwhile, we use Hydroplast’s unique protective garment bags to get our products to your door, no plastic required. 100% compostable and EN13432-certified biodegradable, just add hot water for environmentally-friendly disposal.
In it for the long haul
In it for the long haul
Sustainability doesn’t stop when a garment leaves the workroom floor. We’re committed to after-purchase service, so that you can treasure your pieces for years to come.
Our extensive care resources and tips, from low-impact laundry to re-styling 101, equip you with the tools to prolong your garment’s life-cycle, while our easy-alter, easy-repair designs mean it’s simple for your clothes to change with your needs.
If the time finally comes to say goodbye, we also offer a take-back service in partnership with our sister charity Redress- giving your pieces a new lease on life in the second-hand market.
* 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 82,000 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.