Materials

Embracing the environmental benefits that our hemp and organic cotton blend provides to Mother Earth.

The average consumer purchases 60% more clothing items than they did 15 years ago. This rise in consumption is largely due to the emergence of fast fashion, which enables consumers to buy new cheap fashionable clothes every week. However, this linear fashion model of “buying, wearing, and disposing of” clothes entails critical environmental impacts. In 2019, we wasted more than 82 million tonnes of clothing: that’s 2,625 kilograms of clothing wasted every second.

 

It’s time to disrupt the model.

 

At R4, the garments are designed to be timeless. The materials allow consumers to keep their R4 garments for longer periods of time. Along with greater longevity comes a closer relationship with the garments. Breaking away from fast fashion, R4 inspires consumers to care for their clothes, being aware and in control of what they wear, and in turn have their clothes tell the story of the life spent in them. 

Our Fabric

For our first collection, we are bringing you back to the roots of textiles: we have fabricated a homogenous blend with hemp and certified organic cotton.

 

Garments comprising hemp show a range of explicit benefits in comfort and durability, all the while promoting economic and environmental sustainability. The cotton in the yarn is processed in line with the Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS), which ensures the organic status of textiles, from harvesting of the raw materials, through environmentally and socially responsible manufacturing, and up to labeling.

Our organic cotton certification:

Our Factory

Our garments are manufactured in Portugal. The choice of working with manufacturers in Portugal reflects our desire to prioritize quality, as well as high ethical and social standards. 

 

Equipped with the most adequate technical and human resources, the textile company focuses on people and on the environment as the main target of company decisions, always striving for improvement and excellence.

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Hemp and organic cotton

the environmental benefits

Land

 

Hemp requires no pesticides to grow and provides 2X more yield than conventional cotton.

Organic cotton production also reduces fertilizer usage, which decreases over-fertilization, acidification of land and water, and energy use by 62%. Organic cotton promotes biodiversity by using insects for pest control instead of harmful chemicals. 

Air

 

Hemp is carbon negative: the plant absorbs more CO2 per hectare (22t of CO2/ha) than any forest or commercial crop, and is, therefore, the ideal carbon sink

Organic cotton production also mitigates climate change, by emitting around 46% less CO2 than conventional cotton, from reduced agricultural inputs. 

Water 

Hemp cultivation uses about 1/2 of the water required to grow conventional cotton. The production of hemp fibers uses 4X less water than conventional cotton.

Organic cotton is typically 80% rain-fed, which means that it reduces water consumption by decreasing irrigation and alleviates pressure on local water sources.

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BETTER FOR THE ENVIRONMENT.

BETTER FOR YOU.

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