Sustainability


We are committed to being a conscious and responsible fashion business

Peony Rice aims to be a business that believes in the fair treatment of people, resources and the environment. Our collections should be regenerative by design.  Each piece has been thoughtfully created from the design stage to being skilfully crafted from high quality and carefully sourced fabrics. Each piece is designed and crafted to be a modern fashion classics, which are to become timeless wardrobe investments. We want to put your mind at rest that we have made your garments in the best possible way for you and the earth.

We are conscious that we want the designs to be made in the right way and stand the test of time

Peony Rice designs are inspired by our own heritage and loves for our asian roots and western influences. We want them to survive and continued to be loved by our clients, and to become treasures that will last because they were made in the right way and can be passed down to the next generations.

We strive to be responsible with our decisions and designs 

We do continuously seek to improve our products, practices and our transparency as a luxury brand. We do our best to make responsible decisions when designing and developing each piece with the processes involved. We have been committed to not ‘over manufacture’ since the beginning. To stay away from over consumption and wastage. It is possible to do this in fashion. We have been doing it for over a decade. Sustainability is constantly evolving learning process for all of us.

We use natural fibres where possible

The majority of our garments are made from silk and wool, and other natural fibres. We also line our garments in pure silk or a cellulose material; being naturally breathable, soft, smooth and light. Generally speaking, silk is considered a more sustainable fibre. It can bio-degrade, and less energy, water and chemicals than many other fibres. 

We mainly source fabric and trims locally in Asia where we are based but also source some special fabrics from Europe

As we are based in the main country for producing the highest grade of silk, we keep the majority of our supply chain here in Asia. These tend to be family businesses and small suppliers. We work towards always keeping our carbon footprint low as possible. There are some fabrics that require special fibres, finishing techniques that are sourced and developed from France, Italy, and UK with suppliers that we have worked with for a very long time and share the same values. These also are family business with a long heritage and care about their customers and ours. We are also actively sourcing plant based fibres that can biodegrade and be more sustainable for the planet.

Prints and Color 

We try to ensure that our new prints are created with alternative printing and dyestuffs that are more environmentally friendly. We are exploring alternative natural vegetal dyes and prints for our ready to wear collections. 

Synthetic materials, such as nylon and polyester, can and should be recycled and come from recycled sources

Synthetic materials such as nylon and polyester, should be able to be recycled and come from recycled sources. Our goal is to be able to create garments incorporating as many circular materials as possible into the collections however simply not all the technology is available yet.  As a global population, every year we continue to extract new raw materials to create products that most likely end up in landfill, where they take centuries to decompose.

Recycled polyester

Currently, only a small amount of the polyester we use is made out of recycled plastic bottles, as the vast majority of the recycled polyester around world is made from. However because the technology we need is not yet available to us in a sustainable and circular way, it will be longer to hit our target of using all completely recycled fibres. We are aiming to rectify this within the next 5 years. We are sourcing commercial options that will enable us and the industry to recycle polyester back into fabrics and other materials. 

Recycled nylon

By 2022, our goal is to stop using virgin nylon. To do this, we have begun switching our current nylon to ECONYL® regenerated nylon where possible. ECONYL® takes recycled materials to an exciting new level by turning waste into a valuable resource. To make ECONYL®, waste such as industrial plastic, waste fabric and fishing nets from oceans is recycled and regenerated into a new nylon yarn that is exactly the same quality as virgin nylon.

Use of end lots from manufacturers. 

Since 2018, we have been working with local manufacturers to upcycle from their end stock of luxurious silks, fine cottons, wool blends and creating pieces that can be easily worn and loved. We use our design know-how in order to pair together all different types of prints and colours in a harmonious and creative way into wearable silhouettes that we feel our customers would want to wear and will stand the test of time. This means that many of our occasion wear dresses and small  RTW runs are quite often limited in quantity, size and color.

We pay premium costs for our manufacturing to produce in limited quantities

The majority of our product is created in house at our Studio as made to order and our Made-to Measure services as well as bespoke designs. This allows us to control the whole production process and keeps wastage to a minimum. Our ready-to-wear designs are produced in small production runs to ensure high standards can be maintained and do not 'over produce' styles or sizes. For styles created in fabrics that are limited, each garment takes time and care to lay out on the fabric, match seams, patterns and handcut as so not waste more fabric during the process of assembly. We are working exclusively with small local manufacturers that we have trained or partner with to ensure our own high quality working standards are met and who share our values of paying living wages, treating workers with respect, and providing safe, comfortable working conditions.

Why we do sample sales

After the natural life cycle of a collection, the pieces enter our seasonal sales, with any remaining items transferring to our annual sample sales. This sale includes production and design samples, giving every garment a chance to be owned and worn. Some pieces are design samples, fitting, prototypes or purely experimental because we loved a fabric therefore truly unique one of a kind piece. Some pieces can be modified after the sale purchase, restyled, deconstructed, reconstructed to create something even more of value than the original. Garments not sold we will donate to various charities.

We upcycle where possible without throwing away fabrics, trims or garments

Larger remnants or special cloths are saved for repair work to garments. We make sure fabric scraps or non usable prototypes are responsibly recycled if they are truly not usable in creating a garment. We take great care when cutting each dress in order to salvage any leftover fabrics that can be carried over to the next designs for private orders or we may make individual one off creations.

We aim to remove all unnecessary plastics

Storing your Peony Rice pieces in their garment covers helps prolong their life so you can enjoy wearing them for years to come. These can also be used to store other clothes. For small items we use fabric pieces from our studio and wrap the old fashioned way. You can use these fabric squares to wrap and store other items or use them to wear as scarves etc. We have sourced biodegradable packaging and have started to phase out unnecessary packaging to reduce our environmental impact, while still protecting our garments.

We are off-setting our emissions

We have made a commitment to off-setting our emissions on air-transport when importing any products or components. We try to maintain the shortest possible supply chain to reduce the carbon footprint of our logistics. However sometimes due to special client requests for speciality items we have to source from a different country. We contribute 1% of each sale to planting trees in Asia with Onetreeplanted.org. $1 = 1 tree. 
 

How we can ALWAYS do better  

We are not perfect and continue to research and learn how we can further improve as a company and re-assess our production process as new technologies are introduced that allow us to become better with each garment we make.  

We want to become more circular by encouraging you to restore or adapt your Peony Rice garments 

We are committed to restoring your Peony Rice garments where we possibly can. 'Circular Fashion' is important to us. We encourage you to repair and restore and never just throw away. We have breathed new life into many garments by, for example, adjusting their lengths or converting dresses into separates. Please email sales@peonyrice.com to find out more. If you want to sell on your Peony Rice garment, our clients have had great success using the platform Vestaire Collective .