Recycled Claim Standard (RCS)

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

What it is certified

Recycled Claim Standard (RCS) is developed by Textile Exchange, one of the most important no-profit organization that promotes international responsible and sustainable development in the textile industry. With this standard, Textile Exchange aims to enhance the use of recycled materials to promote a sustainable production and consumption model aimed at reducing the consumption of resources (virgin raw materials, water and energy). RCS provides a third party verified environmental statement proving the content of materials for the recycling of products (both intermediate and finished). All products that are composed of at least 5% of pre-consumer and post-consumer recycling materials can be RCS certified. RCS criteria cover only the following areas:

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

Phases not requiring certification:

  • Waste collection
  • Sorting, sorting, selection, grouping
  • Random verification; self-declaration

Phases requiring certification:

  • Material recycling
  • Any manufacturing process by which the recycled material is used to make intermediate products (e g. yarn and fabrics) or finished products intended for the consumer.
  • Marketing of RCS products
  • Full RCS Certification Process

How to certify

The certification process is divided into three main phases:

  1. Initial assessment of the products and production, which includes, among other things, the assessment of the composition of the products for which certification is required, as well as the conformity and natural origin of raw materials and suppliers.
  2.  On-site inspection to verify: the effective compliance of products with RCS criteria; the proper organisation and management of manufacturing processes and internal procedures which could compromise the conformity of the product itself; the maintenance of the chain of custody to ensure that the recycled material is correctly identified and avoid confusion and/or substitution with other materials.
  3. Issue of the Certificate of Conformity based on the information and data collected as part of the assessment and verification process.

Documents and Downloadable files

Recycled Claim Standard 2.0 Implementation Manual RCS RCS-GRS Logo Use and Claims Guide Guide to certification

RCS certified operator list
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