What Is Recycled Claim Standard (RCS)?

The Recycled Claim Standard (RCS) is an international, voluntary standard that sets requirements for third-party certification of Recycled input and chain of custody. The goal of the RCS is to increase the use of Recycled materials and uses the chain of custody requirements of the Content Claim Standard (CCS).

The objectives of the RCS are:

  • Alignment of Recycled definitions across multiple applications
  • Track and trace Recycled input materials
  • Provide consumers (both brands and end consumers) with a tool to make informed decisions
  • Provide assurance that materials are actually Recycled and in a final product

The Recycled Claim Standard is intended for use with any product that contains at least 5% Recycled Material. 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. Material Collection and Material Concentration sites are subject to self-declaration, document collection, and on-site visits.

The Recycled Claim Standard (RCS) is part of the broader movement toward sustainable and circular fashion and textiles. It helps address environmental concerns related to resource conservation and waste reduction by promoting the use of recycled materials in textile production. Consumers and businesses can use the RCS to make informed choices and support products that contribute to a more sustainable and responsible textile industry.