Your Care
Extending the longevity by your care
We are passionate about inspiring a better culture for clothing care. From lower-impact laundry tips to re-styling inspirations, we want you to keep your products ‘walking the walk’ in the fashion system for longer, which reduces fashion’s climate impact.
Yes, we do our bit, from selecting easy wash fabrics and adding digital care labels to some of our products, so you can easily connect through to digital care instructions. Unfortunately, we can’t come and do your laundry for you! So read on to discover how to lighten your clothing’s load.
Wear and Care
Many people are unknowingly damaging their clothes and increasing clothing’s environmental impacts through improper cleaning methods. We use the “wash-less, wash cool and line dry or flat mantra” which will lighten your laundry load, literally. We strive to rescue mainly easy-care fabrics, which can be machine washed instead of dry-cleaned. Look for our ‘Wash Less’ symbol.
1. Wash Less
Wearing jeans 10 times before washing reduces washing’s energy usage by 61%-77% on a typical lifecycle.*
How to reduce your washes?
When needed, consider refreshing simply by airing, using a steamer or spot cleaning to extend your washing cycles.
Read a step-by-step guide on how to remove stains.
2. Wash Cold
Simply washing cold instead of warm reduces climate impact by 69% on a typical lifecycle.*
Cooling down is like slowing down
Washing at 30° or less means fabrics won’t break down as much. This reduces the amount of microplastics getting into the environment, whilst also helping your clothes to look better and last longer.
3. Line dry
Lay flat to dry or hang to dry - instead of using a dryer which reduces climate impact by 65% on a typical lifecycle.*
To dry clean or not, that is the question.
To dry clean or not, that is the question.
The good news is there are alternatives to dry cleaning, which is a chemical-heavy process that’s hard on your garments and the environment.
The misconception is that whilst ‘Dry Clean Only’ is often put on our delicate fabrics (wools, cashmeres, silks) and garments with multiple components (jackets, coats, or clothes with sequins or beads), often a quality washing machine, on a gentle cycle using low temperature, gentle detergents and a garment bag, could to the cleaning work at home.
Oftentimes, so could a hand wash or spot clean. If you have to visit the dry cleaner, make sure to pick one that uses more environmentally friendly processes.
Restying & Repairing
Our wish is for you to fall in love with clothes. We want you to keep your clothes in the fashion loop for as long as possible, to help reverse throwaway fashion trends- we’re unashamedly fans of SLOW fashion.
Prolong your garment’s life and reduce your climate impact.
We work hard in designing durable clothing that will wear gracefully. If your clothing gets damaged or worn, we encourage you to support your local tailor who can help you to fix buttons or zips, dropped hems or take things in or let them out. Or attend a local workshop to learn a few simple tricks of the trade to do-it-yourself - patchworking never looked so good!
Let your inner stylist out, it could just save the planet!
Change up your look without leaving the house. Everything you need is already sat in your wardrobe, just waiting to be reinvented with a bit of imaginative styling. ‘Shopping your closet’ is how we like to describe it. Restyling your clothes to create multiple outfit combinations is an active way of caring and contributing to a reduction in clothing waste.
Second Life
When you no longer want a piece of clothing for your own use, remember that the aim of a more sustainable closet is to keep all clothes in the fashion loop and in active fashion service for as long as possible - and certainly out of landfill.
Swap it. Resell it. Gift it to a friend. Donate it.
Swap it. Resell it. Gift it to a friend. Donate it.
If you are really, really, really done with your piece, you can donate to your local charity or let us take care of everything.
Send us your unwanted R Collective item back to us - for now you will need to cover this shipping cost - and we’ll sort and process with our sister charity, Redress to keep your products in use again. (If you’re in Hong Kong, you can drop off at Redress’ convenient locations.)
Keeping your clothes in use saves resources. For example, every pair of jeans sent to charity for re-use, instead of ending up in landfill, saves 33.4 kg of CO2e simply by eliminating the need to consume virgin resources for the next wearer.