Our mission at D-Robe is to protect you in nature and nature itself. As a new brand, we are doing what we can to include sustainability in our ethos. We admit that we aren’t perfect but we are constantly looking at ways to improve and be a more sustainable outdoor wear brand. This page is a testament to what we are doing now and over time, we hope to build on it as we move towards a greener future together.
What is the Slow Fashion Movement?
Slow Fashion promotes the production of clothes with trendless designs and premium, long-lasting quality, where the design and creation process takes into consideration all aspects of the supply chain and in doing so, respecting people, the environment, and wildlife. It also means that brands spend more time on the design process, ensuring that each item is quality made and long-lasting.
“Seventy-five percent of fashion supply chain material ends up in landfills. This amounts to ‘the equivalent of one garbage truck of textiles per second.’”
Our principal focus at D-Robe is how we can all create a streamlined capsule wardrobe at home. The most sustainable thing we can do is to be mindful in our fashion choices and wear all the clothing in our wardrobe. This is why we have designed multi-functional, ageless, comfortable yet effortlessly trendy robes that we know our customers will want to reach for in their everyday lives, time after time.
How are our robes sustainable?
Our signature robes have been consciously crafted with GRS certified recycled materials for our outer shell and inner lining. Our breathable outer shell is made from 100% recycled nylon and our fleece lining is made from recycled polyester.
What is GRS certified?
The Global Recycled Standard (GRS) is a voluntary product standard for tracking and verifying the content of recycled materials in a final product. The standard applies to the full supply chain and looks at processing, manufacturing, packaging, labelling, trading and distribution of all products that are made with a minimum of 20% reclaimed material.
The GRS supports companies who are looking to verify the recycled content of their products, as well as pledge to be socially responsible and put in place environmental best practices in the production of their products. The aim of the GRS is to provide brands with a tool for more accurate labelling, encourage innovation in the use of recycled materials and to establish more transparency in the fashion industry to better inform consumers.
What are the benefits of using recycled materials?
Extracting and processing virgin or raw materials accelerates climate change. Most clothes are produced using energy from coal-fuelled power plants, which emit warming gases into the atmosphere. The fashion industry is responsible for 10 % of annual global carbon emissions, more than all international flights and maritime shipping combined.
Using recycled materials reduces the need to grow, harvest or extract new materials from the earth and requires much less energy, water and fossil fuels to produce. The benefit of using recycled material is that it lowers our carbon emissions and keeps potentially methane-releasing waste out of landfill sites.
We primarily use recycled nylon and recycled polyester and they have similar benefits: they divert waste from landfills and they use much fewer resources to produce.
Where does recycled nylon come from?
It is mainly produced from old fishing nets, which is a fantastic solution to diverting rubbish from the ocean. It can also come from nylon carpets and tights. It’s more expensive than new nylon, but the environmental advantages make it a worthwhile investment.
What is recycled polyester?
The benefits of using this recycled material is that it is made from plastic bottles and a great way to divert plastic from our landfills. It requires fewer resources than that of new fibres and generates less CO2 emissions. Recycled polyester is certainly a sustainable option for our capsule wardrobes, however we do need to be aware that it is still not non-biodegradable and can take years to biodegrade once thrown away. Therefore, buying less and reusing for longer adds to the benefits of using this material.
Our packaging is recyclable and plastic-free
To package our D-Robe items, we use fully recyclable boxes made entirely in the UK and we wrap our outdoor robes in tote canvas bags that are ethically sourced in India from SEDEX and SA8000 accredited factories and printed in the UK. Our thank you cards are also made and printed in the UK on recycled paper, and our tissue paper is fully recyclable and UK made too.
One of the biggest contributors of plastic pollution comes from our clothing. While we try to use reclaimed materials, the process of washing our items contributes to the growing plastic pollution epidemic as the microplastics from a lot of our clothing seep out of our washing machines and enter our oceans, harming marine life. Our mission at D-Robe is to work towards combating this microplastic crisis to help save the planet, but we also want to do this looking stylish.
How is merino wool sustainable?
Our D-Robe knitwear collection is made from extra-fine merino wool, which is a 100% natural, biodegradable, renewable and organic fibre, and has incredible sustainability benefits and a high-quality, lighter composition. It can biodegrade in both land and water without shedding any microplastics when thrown away or washed.
If you do throw this wool away it takes one year for it to disappear in the ground, however because it is 100% biodegradable, the earth will actually absorb the protein and amino acids of this natural fibre back into the soil.
Another advantage of this sustainable fibre is that it is long-wear and low-care—it lasts a lot longer than other fibres and you’ll see that you don’t have to wash merino wool as much, which saves on water usage too.
Why we have not used PVC for our rucksacks
We have consciously not used PVC for our roll-top rucksacks. Instead they are crafted with TPU—a durable, waterproof, non-toxic, recyclable and biodegradable material.
What is PVC?
Polyvinyl chloride (PVC) is a synthetic polymer commonly used for its flexibility, waterproof performance and strength. For years PVC has been used to make drybags, as well as many other day-to-day products. To produce PVC, it involves a toxic cocktail of chemicals, such as phthalates, which gives the material its flexible form. Phthalates seep into the surrounding environment and pollute the air we breathe. It’s incredibly toxic when burned and not biodegradable at all. This is why we have avoided using PVC in our outdoor accessories.
Why have we used TPU?
We use TPU as it is a more eco-friendly material than alternatives, such as PVC, and it is 100% recyclable and biodegradable in 3 - 5 years. Thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU) sits between rubber and plastic and can be moulded into a desired thickness as it is very supple. It can be welded making for strong seams and more durable bags.
Another benefit of using TPU over PVC is that it is oil and water resistant and remains flexible at very low temperatures and doesn’t crack in high temperatures—making it a durable and heavy-duty material—perfect for multi-functional rucksacks for those conquering the summit or the sea!
Sustainability is at the heart of D-Robe and we strive to make conscious and meaningful decisions about who we work with and the fabrics we choose, to do our best to respect both the consumer and the planet. We know we have a long way to go, but we hope that instead of adding to the fashion industry, we are doing our part to revolutionise it and be a part of a conscious movement that supports a more sustainable wardrobe.