A Lace Cap Hydrangea from Rachel's garden. The inspiration for one of her signature designs.

Rachel Bates: Sustainable Luxury

While Rachel Bates is known for creating gorgeous luxuries designed to be used and cherished, not everyone knows about our pledge to be an environmentally-conscious brand. From our captivating crystalware and tableware to our stunning Costume jewellery collections, each of our luxuries are made to order, so we can avoid unnecessary production, cut down on waste and reduce our carbon footprint.

Responsible Sourcing

To us, sustainability means taking no more than we need, so we can meet our present requirements without compromising the needs of future generations. As we continue to share our joyful luxuries with you, rest assured that every new collection is designed with both sustainability and luxury in mind.
Committed to working with the right craftspeople. Each artisan we choose to work with is appraised to make sure every aspect of their business matches our sustainability standards. From the materials and craftsmanship to the working conditions, we expect the same dedication to ethical and environmental standards. Our dedication to only working with artisans who practice responsible sourcing and manufacturing has earned us the ESGmark seal of approval and formerly Positive Luxury’s Butterfly Mark from 2017 - 2022, both awards, a sign of the measurable impact and company-wide commitments to sustainability.

"As an ESGmark founder member and a former Positive Luxury brand to trust, it so important that we set the correct tone for future brands to follow. When your drinking Champagne from Rachel Bates crystal, tea from our porcelain or wearing one of my costume jewellery pieces, I want you to feel happy in the knowledge that the planet was not harmed during their production".

Rachel Bates

Our Packaging

Rachel Bates Boxes, Tissue Paper, Tags and Labels are all manufactured in the UK by companies who uses FSC and PEFC approved materials. All materials are fully recyclable.
Our Gift Envelopes & Wrapping Paper are produced by a manufacturer located in Spain and the company is FSC Certified. All materials are fully recyclable.
Our Signature Ribbon is produced in the UK by a manufacturer who subscribes to the Standard 100 OEKO TEX certification, which is a worldwide consistent independent testing and certification system for the textile industry. They are also BRC approved. At this time our ribbon is the only element of our packaging that is not recyclable but we would encourage you to reuse this again. Our future goal is to find a better solution when the time comes to replenish our supply.

Ethical & Proud - The Butterfly Mark

The Rachel Bates Brand Was A Positive Luxury Member from April 2017 to April 2022

Positive Luxury Brands to Trust

Thanks to our proactive approach to developing an environmentally ethical, luxury brand, we were a proud recipient of Positive Luxury’s Butterfly Mark for 5 years. To earn this badge, companies can’t just achieve a minimum sustainable standard, they have to provide proof they’re going the extra mile for sustainability. We were sad to leave positive luxury community in April 2022 due to a reduction of business overheads after the difficult Covid Pandemic period.

"We were proud to work with Rachel Bates because of her enduring commitment to sustainability. As she creates her signature designs, she respects the environment, ensures her business makes the smallest impact by producing on a made-to-order basis, and only works with artisans who share her ethos".

Diana Verde Nieto - Founder of Positive Luxury

Environmental, Social and Governance

ESG Community

ESG Sustainable Luxury

Being able to demonstrate our ESG Credentials is vitally important to us and our clients in today’s world. To be part of the ESGmark community is tremendously exciting for us and will help encourage the growth of our sustainable practices. The ESGmark® community is for people and organisations who care about the planet and society.
ESG objectives help businesses and organisations contribute to achieving the UN’s 17 sustainable development goals; no poverty, zero hunger, good health & well-being, quality education, gender equality, clean water and sanitation, affordable and clean energy, decent work and economic growth, industry innovation and infrastructure, reduced inequalities, sustainable cities and communities, responsible consumption and production, climate action, life below water, life on land, peace justice and strong institutions and partnerships for the goals.

"We are delighted to welcome Rachel Bates as a founding member of the ESGmark® Community. The environmental credentials of the business are clearly demonstrated by a purposeful made-to-order production approach to minimise waste and a commitment to use only recyclable packaging where necessary to protect her beautiful luxuries. Rachel Bates has genuine social impact. She chooses to work only with skilled small scale artisans, who themselves can demonstrate a commitment to sustainable sourcing, production techniques and the welfare of their employees. We are impressed by the desire of the Rachel Bates team to continue to seek additional improvements to their ESG credentials and we look forward to working with them".

The ESGmark® Team