SAYA received 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 ISPO honors highlighted products in the sports industry, resulting from innovation, passion and creativity. ISPO Textrends is “a melting pot for innovations and a guide for designers and product managers”. 

The SAYA Rscuw Project (Recycled Scrap and Cutting Waste) addresses the garment industry’s waste from cutting scrap and overstock fabrics. The company said, “cutting scrap amounts to 25 percent waste per yard with fabric overruns amounting to 8.7 million tons in 2019. Also, fabric overstock recycling has been challenging and expensive. SAYA Rscuw, which is made of overstock/cutting scrap and post-consumer recycled PET bottles, creates new recycling possibilities for what would typically end up in landfills.

 SAYA continued, “SAYA fibers were developed to advance recycled fibers to meet the performance expectations of both consumers and product developers. Today’s consumers are using their purchasing power to demand sustainability, but they don’t want to sacrifice performance. With SAYA Rscuw there is no longer compromise needed, and we are making progress in refining the technology needed to renew fabric and eventually garments,” said Jason Hsu, SAYA Sales Manager.

 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 and 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”.