At Rachel, the environment is the heart of our business. The entire team has worked tirelessly to improve our sustainable practices and to reduce the negative impact Rachel has on the environment.
To do so, we began by taking action via the collections we produce by prioritizing sustainable materials. To date, over 60 percent of our collection has been converted to sustainable materials and this number is only set to increase. With this step, we’re also making it easier for you to mind your environmental impact. That’s because one way you can be more eco-responsible is by simply checking the labels of the clothes you buy and favouring sustainable ones.
With that said, here’s a guide to the various sustainable materials you can shop and how these fibers are helping us create a greener future.
The use of biodegradable materials allows us to reduce waste in the long run. That’s because a typical clothing item takes decades to decompose. By consuming products made from biodegradable materials, you’re investing in a product that when it comes time to part ways, you can rest assured will decompose quickly.
One of the fibers we recently embraced is Amni Soul Eco®, which is the first polyamide yarn with improved biodegradability; it is eliminated from the planet in just 5 years. And you know what? It’s comfortable and soft!
Cotton may be natural, but its environmental and social impact is very high. Cotton is the crop that is the most heavily sprayed with chemicals such as pesticides and synthetic fertilizers worldwide, after coffee. What’s more, the products used for cultivation impact the health of workers, pollute nearby water supply, and cause soil degradation and erosion. Fortunately, by opting for products made of recycled cotton, you are sure to reduce these negative impacts.
The Phoenix cotton yarn found in some of our products produces 50 percent less CO2, requires 50 percent less energy and almost 70 percent less water during its production process when compared to regular cotton.
Recycled materials allow us to give a second life to various waste materials. That means the volume of waste decreases, as does the production of greenhouse gases, while also creating many jobs for collecting, sorting, and processing.
Q-NOVA by Fulgar®, which is used to create a number of our eco tights, is obtained exclusively from environmentally friendly raw materials. In fact, 50 percent of Q-NOVA fibre comes from recycled materials. By utilizing waste materials to create Q-NOVA Nylon, we’re able to reduce the overall use of crude oil necessary to make our products. Moreover, in our collection, you will also find tights made from Nilit® EcoCare, which uses a highly efficient recycling process that significantly reduces CO2, energy and water consumption.
In the case of tights, the majority are made with nylon. As many know, nylon is an oil product, which releases harmful gases during production. Thanks to new bio-based materials however, we now have options that are much gentler on the planet.
Take Fulgar's EVO for example, which is made from castor oil, a completely renewable resource that does not require high amounts of water nor subtracts arable land for food uses. Now that’s better than oil, isn’t it?!
As you can see, there are many ways to create sustainable products. So check the labels on your clothes and start favouring sustainable ones. It’s just a small step for a greener world!