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GRS certification for RadiciGroup recycled polyester

The GRS certificates obtained by RadiciGroup cover two families of products: raw and yarn-dyed 95% r-PET and solution-dyed 85% r-PET.

26th October 2018

Innovation in Textiles
 |  Bergamo

Sustainable, Clothing/​Footwear

RadiciGroup’s post-consumer recycled polyester yarns, r-Radyarn and r-Starlight – UNI 11505-certified since 2014 – have been certified to the Global Recycled Standard (GRS) promoted by the Textile Exchange, a non-profit organisation that operates internationally for the promotion and responsible development of sustainability in the textiles industry.

This week, the organisation sponsored a three-day event in Milan where the key theme was Accelerating Sustainability in Textile and Fashion.

“GRS certification was yet another goal achieved by the Group – evidence of its customary transparency with the greatest clarity,” pointed out Filippo Servalli, Marketing and Sustainability Director of RadiciGroup, emphasising how measuring environmental impacts and continuously working to reduce them is always a top priority of the Group. “Indeed, these are the operative words guiding the RadiciGroup Comfort Fibres Business Area on a daily basis on its road to certifying its fibres obtained from recovered materials.”

The GRS certificates obtained by RadiciGroup cover two families of products: raw and yarn-dyed 95% r-PET and solution-dyed 85% r-PET. Compliance with GRS requirements allows the Group to provide a third-party-verified report with every delivery of r-Starlight and r-Radyarn, certifying the content and the origin of the recycled materials used to make the product, as well as its compliance with the environmental and social requirements of the entire supply chain.

r-Radyarn and r-Starlight post-consumer recycled polyester yarns are on the Textile Exchange list of preferred fibres, that is, fibres that can be traced, comply with precise reporting standards and give positive environmental and social results, and whose environmental impact can be calculated using a Life Cycle Assessment (LCA).

Moreover, the GRS-certified products are in conformity with the Manufacturing Restricted Substances List (MSRL) compiled within the Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals (ZDHC) Programme, an initiative with the objective of eliminating hazardous chemical substances in the textiles industry.

“Again, with the aim of saving natural resources, and water in particular, the Group offers solution-dyed polyester (and nylon) yarn. Solution dyeing requires less water and energy usage compared to conventional yarn or piece dying, because the colour is added ‘upstream’ during the extrusion stage and thus becomes incorporated into the polymer matrix,” concluded Mr Servalli.

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