Ethics & Sustainability

At RAQ, we are constantly working towards creating a more ethical and sustainable brand. Improving our practices is at the forefront of our priorities. We have set and achieved a variety of sustainability goals and will continue to work towards bigger and better solutions in the future.

People

We have created a safe and comfortable working environment for our people. We value our team greatly and appreciate each individual both professionally and personally. 

We abide by Australian Government guidelines, the Fair Work Commission requirements and subsequent award rates that ensure our staff are paid fairly and honestly, with appropriate entitlements. Any time-off is valid, whenever needed. Treating people with respect, and prioritising equality and wellbeing is our utmost priority.

We believe in a supportive workplace. 

 

Planet

The Textile and Apparel industry contributes to over 10% of global carbon emissions, along with having a lasting impact on the environment, we are working towards better practices to ensure our environmental footprint is as green as possible.

RAQ products are designed and sampled in Naarm (Melbourne, Australia) by our experienced swimwear designers and pattern makers. For the bulk production, we work with reputable swimwear manufacturers with the equipment, experience and knowledge to manufacture supportive bra-sized swimwear. At this time, these niche capabilities reside offshore, primarily in China where we have chosen to make our swimwear. We hope to produce our products locally in the future.

Our main supplier has over 20+ years experience, and is certified by reputable organisations including Business Social Compliance Initiative (BSCI) and Sedex. 

Our founder Sophia has personally inspected the factory on multiple occasions, providing us with reassurance around the conditions and company practices. Records show that factory employees work 8 hours a day and 2 hours overtime if needed, and are paid a living wage, meaning their remuneration provides adequate income to cover the necessary living costs.

In 2021, we introduced sustainable packaging solutions. Our garment bags and mailer bags are home compostable and are made from renewable bioplastic film. This process helps to minimise ocean plastics, reduce fossil fuel emissions and reduce our carbon footprint. These bags are printed with non-toxic inks and break down into healthy compost, leaving no microplastics behind. 

To reduce waste, we carefully consider what we put in your packaged orders, with minimal inserts and marketing materials. 

Our fulfilment centre is completely carbon neutral, with carbon offsets being purchased inline with emissions generated from every order sent out, as well as emissions generated via the operations conducted at the fulfilment centre itself. This means you can have peace of mind that your RAQ order is environmentally considered from start to finish.

Values

We are striving to help as many women as possible feel confident and supported in a bikini. There is still a long way to go in inclusive fashion, but, in 2021, we increased our size range to cater to over 40 bra sizes. Our size range includes D-H cup, 8-18 in bands and 8-20 in briefs (AU sizing).

We intend to progressively grow our size and product range inline with customer requests. We want our community to feel included and supported by our bikinis, after all, our RAQ Pack is the beating heart of our brand. We couldn’t do it without you!

We are determined to start having real conversations about big busts, aimed at empowering women to embrace themselves for who they are. Check out RAQ Reads to get involved in the conversation. 

Future initiatives

In order to reduce wastage and landfill, we are setting up a partnership with UPPAREL. UPPAREL recycles dead stock and repurposes it into new products like cushions, socks and construction materials, like insulation.

We are currently in the process of sourcing and sampling with recycled fabric to use for our swimwear. By the end of 2023, we aim to manufacture our bikinis exclusively in recycled fabric alternatives.