No one is perfect, but we can always do better! At Rachel, we aim to reduce our environmental impact by constantly improving our practices.
Sustainability is the heart of our business.
While we recognize the environmental perils of the fashion industry, it is Rachel’s mission to be part of the solution to reduce the impact of fashion on the environment.
Our first steps towards a more sustainable business ...
We are also furthering our commitment to sustainability with the goal to reduce our carbon footprint and water consumption.
OUR GREEN PRACTICES
Carbon neutral orders
With our partner Eco Cart, we now offer, for a small (optional) extra added to the basket, to make our orders carbon neutral. For any carbon emissions released into our atmosphere as a result of shipping our products, Rachel invest in projects that reduce carbon emissions by the same amount. Specifically, at Rachel, we decided to invest in the protection of the Amazon rainforest, in order to prevent deforestation of pristine rainforest in the Amazon basin.
Our Sustainable Materials
For the sake of innovation and sustainability, Rachel works closely with its suppliers to prioritize materials that respect the environment at production. This includes recycled and biodegradable fibers, which greatly reduce the consumption of energy and resources during production...
Here’s a small glossary of what you will find in our products
Amni Soul Eco®
Synthetic yarns generally use polymer or plastic as raw materials, which can take decades, or even centuries to biodegrade, leaving behind a significant environmental footprint. Amni Soul Eco® is the first polyamide yarn with improved biodegradability; it is eliminated from the planet in just 5 years.
The production of Nilit yarns uses a highly efficient recycling process that significantly reduces CO2, energy and water consumption. In fact, energy consumption is cut by 55% during its manufacturing. By eliminating high-energy stages in the production process, Nilit is able to significantly conserve valuable natural resources when manufacturing its yarns, thus reducing its impact on the environment.
Q-NOVA® by Fulgar® is an environmentally-sustainable nylon 6.6 fibre obtained from regenerated raw materials and which meets given traceability requirements. As many know, nylon is an oil product, which releases harmful gases during production. 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. Fifty percent of Q-NOVA fibre comes from recycled materials
Fulgar's EVO® is a next-generation hi-tech yarn. It is one-of-a-kind and of bio-based origin, ensuring comfort and efficiency, whilst respecting the environment. It is extremely lightweight making it possible to reduce the fabric weight by 25% as compared to an identical 100% polyester product, whilst retaining the same covering properties. It is made from castor oil, a completely renewable resource that does not require high amounts of water nor subtracts arable land for food uses.
LENZING ™ ECOVERO ™ is a fiber produced from wood pulp from certified and controlled sources. Its manufacture reduces CO2 emissions by 50% and requires 50% less water than generic viscose. In addition to being sustainable, it is soft, comfortable, lightweight and breathable. LENZING ™ ECOVERO ™ is EU EcoLabel certified. This certification of environmental excellence is only awarded to products and services with a significantly lower environmental impact throughout their life cycle: from the extraction of raw materials to production, distribution and disposal.
LENZING ™ is a cellulosic fiber of botanical origin and is produced using environmentally friendly processes and using raw materials from sustainable sources. Derived from nature, all types of LENZING ™ modal fibers are certified compostable and biodegradable in industrial, domestic, land and marine conditions, thus ensuring a complete return to nature for a sustainable and eco-responsible life cycle. LENZING ™ modal fibers are much stronger and more durable than generic viscose, but also lighter and more breathable.
Since inception, we have done a lot of research to collaborate with suppliers recognized for their know-how, their innovation and their approach to sustainability, while respecting high ethical working standards. We are proud of the relationships we have created and the partners that we work closely with to develop our products.
There is so much to tell you about how we choose our suppliers. To start, here are some of the certifications Rachel pays special attention to when selecting suppliers.
Oeko Tex - Standard 100
This certification is one of the world's best-known labels for textiles. If a textile article carries the STANDARD 100 label, you can be certain that every component has been tested for harmful substances and that the article therefore is harmless to human health. This certification therefore helps consumers and businesses to make responsible decisions.
GRS - Global Recycle Standard
The Global Recycle Standard is an international and voluntary standard intended to meet the needs of companies seeking to verify the recycled content of their products (finished and intermediates) and to verify responsible social, environmental and chemical practices in their production. The goal of the GRS is to define requirements necessary to ensure the accuracy of content declarations and good working conditions, and to ensure that harmful environmental and chemical impacts are minimized.
The Business Social Compliance Initiative (BSCI) helps companies around the world to progressively improve working conditions in their supply chain by providing standardized management tools.
Meet our Suppliers
Castel Goffredo, Italy
Fulgar is an international leader on the manmade fibre market. It combines traditional Italian quality with innovation and modern technologies. Its contemporary business model revolves around three fundamental aspects that are important to Rachel: the development of innovative products and solutions for the latest generation of textiles, as well as an exceptional organization focused on the vital importance of human resources and sustainability.
Migdal HaEmek, Israel
Since 1969, Nilit has been committed to creating innovative and personalized solutions in the world of nylon. With expertise in polymerization, spinning and texturing, it offers a full range of quality products and services.
It is recognized for its sustainability by supporting several initiatives, including the development of a patented recycled yarn, the significant improvement of its manufacturing footprint, the introduction of responsible products and the support of its surrounding communities.
Savvy Garment is a Chinese clothing manufacturer promoting ethical production and active research into new, sustainable materials. Organic cotton, linen, and recycled polyester are just a few examples of the materials they grow and develop together with their customers. The factory has been in operation for more than fifteen years and has 173 employees who help ensure the various stages of production.
TIPS & TRICKS
Take care of your tights
The best way to keep your tights out of landfills, is to take care of them and to wear them for as long as possible. Fortunately, we have some simple and effective tips to help you extend the lifespan of your tights!
How to reuse your tights on the daily...
Every day, Rachel's team is taking steps to reduce our footprint and we are always looking for new ways to give our tights a second life! Here are a few ways we reuse our tights:
1. We transform them into rags for cleaning.
2. We make small sponges to wash dishes.
3. We use them to wrap our soap bars to prevent any waste
4. We transform them into hair elastics and scrunchies
5. We use to remove our nail polish, instead of makeup pads.
6. We transform them into plant holders and use them for macrame projects!
7. We use them around our yoga mat and even to create a shoulder strap.