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The R Collective diverts fabrics from incinerators to closets in silk industry-first recycling project with High Fashion Group

The R Collective launches their breakthrough RECIRCLE recycled silk knit capsule made from recycling luxury IP-sensitive silk fabrics, which otherwise are routinely incinerated, as this textile-waste-reducing social impact fashion brand and waste management business makes circularity come to life.


Empowering the best sustainable designers

Hong Kong based British designer and London Central St Martins graduate, Grace Lant said, “I created the RECIRCLE box-fit mesh shirt and RECIRCLE’s slim fit dress to help redefine consumerism whilst celebrating purpose-driven design. Today, fashion designers must balance artistry with innovation if we’re together to make change happen. It’s time to stop talking about solutions - and get them into action.”


Providing options to avoid incineration

RECIRCLE is created using 100% recycled silk yarn made from recycling excess IP-sensitive fabrics, sourced in partnership with other fashion businesses.


Christina Dean, Founder and CEO of The R Collective and Founder of Redress, says “We’ve had enough of the widespread industry-norm of incinerating textiles, including those carrying IP sensitive patterns, prints and logos. Globally 73% of materials that go into clothing end up in landfill or incinerators. We know there are better, albeit still challenging, ways to rescue and recycle these valuable materials back into fashion. At The R Collective, we collaborate with leading luxury brands to put a recycling, rather than incineration, supply chain into practice as we collaboratively manage some of fashion’s hardest textile surplus,” she said.


A breakthrough recycling collaboration

To achieve this innovative recycled silk product, The R Collective partnered with High Fashion Group, China's leading garment manufacturer that embraces sustainability and innovation.


Mr Will Lam, CEO of High Fashion Group, said, “Achieving circularity requires fashion stakeholders to collaborate. We all have key roles to play. This project demonstrates how we at High Fashion Group can magnify our key expertises in silk recycling, spinning and knitting by working with The R Collective's challenging rescued textile waste streams, which too often otherwise continue to be incinerated.”


Kickstarter to kickstart change

RECIRCLE is now available for pre-order on Kickstarter until 13th October. Members of the public supporting this Kickstarter campaign are additionally rewarded with first access to RECIRCLE pieces and other limited-edition pieces. The Kickstarter Campaign can be seen here.


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This “RECIRCLE” collection was also featured in Vogue Business, Kohan Textile Journal, Textile Focus, TEXTOTEX, Textile Value Chain and Nippon Sewing Machine.