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SAYA Rscuw Project awarded for innovation in reducing textile waste

Swatches | April 1, 2021 | By:

A magnified illustration of fabric woven of Rscuw Raw Fiber. Photo: SAYA.

The SAYA Rscuw (Recycled Scrap and Cutting Waste) Project is addressing one of the largest areas of hidden waste in the textile industry: cutting scrap and overstock fabrics. Cutting scrap amounts to 25% wastage per yard, with fabric overruns amounting to 8.7 million tons in 2019, according to a press release from SAYA, a developer of renewed performance fibers based in Taiwan. In addition, fabric overstock recycling has been difficult and expensive. 

The company was recently awarded the 2021/22 ISPO Textrends Selection Award in Fibers & Insulations for Rscuw and Rscuw Raw. The ISPO Awards honor products in the sports industry that demonstrate innovation, passion and creativity. 

Rscuw, which is made of a combination of overstock/cutting scrap and post-consumer recycled PET bottles, creates new recycling possibilities for what would typically end up in landfills. Rscuw Raw is differentiated because the fibers are recycled without the bleaching process, retaining the original source color of offcuts, deadstock and/or tinted PET bottles. Being unbleached is up to 30% more energy efficient and carbon friendly compared to bleached renewed fibers.

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