Recycled Claim Standard

Recycled Claim Standard (RCS), certifies products obtained from recycled materials and validates the content of recycled materials.


The  Recycled Claim Standard (RCS)  is developed by  Textile Exchange , one of the most important non-profit organizations that promote responsible and sustainable development in the textile sector internationally. With this standard, Textile Exchange intends to  enhance the use of recycled materials to promote a production and sustainable consumption model that aims to reduce the consumption of resources  (virgin raw materials, water and energy). The RCS provides a   third party verified environmental statement which proves the content of recycled materials of the products (both intermediate and finished). All products that are made up for can be RCS certified at least 5% from pre-consumer and post-consumer recycled materials . The RCS criteria extend only to the following areas:

  • composition  of the product and content of recycled materials;
  • maintenance  of traceability throughout the entire production process in accordance with the criteria set by the Content Claim Standard (CCS) which is an integral part of the RCS standard.

Steps that do not require certification:

  •  Refuse collection
  • Sorting,  selection, grouping
  •  Random verification ; self declaration

Phases covered by the certification:

  • Recycling  of materials
  • Every  manufacturing process through which the recycled material is used  to make intermediate products  (for example: yarns and fabrics) or finished products intended for the consumer
  • Marketing  of RCS products
  • Whole  RCS Certification process

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Preliminary evaluation.
Initial evaluation of the products and of the production process, which also includes the evaluation of the composition of the products for which certification is required, as well as the conformity of raw materials and suppliers.

On-site inspection.
On-site inspection, which aims to ascertain: the effective compliance of the products with the RCS criteria; the correct organization and management of manufacturing processes and internal procedures likely to compromise the conformity of the product itself; maintaining the chain of custody so as to ensure that the recycled material is correctly identified in order to avoid problems of confusion and / or replacement with other materials.

Issuance of the Certificate of Conformity.
Issuance of the Certificate of Conformity on the basis of the information and data collected as part of the evaluation and verification process.