Leading viscose fibre producer Sateri says its Finex recycled fibre brand is now certified to the Recycled Claim Standard (RCS), which provides verification of recycled raw materials through the supply chain. 

RCS is intended for use with any product that contains at least 5% recycled material. Sateri has successfully produced Finex viscose fibres with up to 20% recycled content from post-consumer white cotton textile waste. Under the RCS certification process, each stage of production is required to be certified, beginning at the recycling stage and ending at the last seller in the final business-to-business transaction. 

Sateri announced the news at the official launch of Finex, which took place on the sidelines of Intertextile Shanghai Apparel Fabrics this week.

In his address, Sateri president Allen Zhang, said: "The development of Finex has been an intensive effort for Sateri from initial commercialisation, to partnering brands like Lafuma and Rico Lee, and finally to today's launch. This is all made possible with collaboration across the value chain – working alongside yarn spinners, garment makers and brand partners – to bring a high quality and more planet-friendly product to consumers. 

"The fashion industry is changing fast and, beyond functionality, circularity is now of the greatest importance in apparel manufacturing."

The first apparel featuring Finex was produced by outdoor brand Lafuma ahead of 618, China's major mid-year online shopping festival.

As part of its efforts to promote textile fibre recycling in China, Sateri is in dialogue with the China Association of Circular Economy (CACE) to undertake a comprehensive study on the industrial-scale textile waste recycling landscape in the country. The study is expected to begin next year.

Sateri is part of the Singapore-based Royal Golden Eagle (RGE) group of companies, which has committed US$200m into next-generation textile fibre innovation and technology.

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