A new tool to ensure the accurate labelling of recycled content in materials has been unveiled by non-profit organisation Textile Exchange.

The Recycled Claim Standard (RCS) has been developed with input from the Materials Traceability Working Group (MTWG), a joint initiative between Textile Exchange and the Outdoor Industry Association (OIA).

The standard includes two elements: the checking of input materials by qualified certification bodies, and the tracking of each production facility and shipment from the recycling process itself to the final production stage.

“The RCS can be used in any industry, and for any reclaimed material,” said Textile Exchange.

“The Standard provides for more accurate product labelling, establishes more transparency in the supply chain, and provides better information to consumers.”

The MTWG is now exploring the feasibility of a similar approach for other materials, such as wool and down.