SAYA, a new name in recycled fiber, has been awarded the 2021/22 ISPO Textrends Selection Award in Fibers & Insulations for two offerings, Rscuw and Rscuw Raw, which provide a renewal solution for leftover rolls of fabric and cutting scrap that doesn’t make it into a garment.
Each year the ISPO Awards honor the highlight products of the sports industry that are the result of innovation, passion and creativity. ISPO Textrends serves as a guide and seal of quality for designers and product managers to aid in decision-making in a multi-layered market.
The SAYA Rscuw Project (Recycled Scrap and Cutting Waste) addresses the garment industry’s largest areas of hidden waste: cutting scrap and overstock fabrics. Statistically cutting scrap amounts to 25 percent wastage per yard with fabric overruns amounting to 8.7 million tons in 2019.
In addition, fabric overstock recycling has been difficult and expensive. SAYA 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 percent more energy-efficient and carbon-friendly compared to bleached renewed fibers.
SAYA Rscuw and Rscuw Raw are available with several performance enhancements, including ChromShield solution-dye technology, to provide ultra-rich color and superior fade resistance, stretch made with 50 percent recycled PET plus 50 percent bio-based PTT, antibacterial properties and filament sizes ranging from microfiber for ultimate drape to ballistic options for maximum strength and abrasion resistance.