PCW stands for Post-Consumer Waste. The cotton yarns and cotton apparel items made of post-consumer wastes are called as PCW Cotton. The use of PCW cotton and other textile materials is one way of textile recycling. The intention of textile recycling and the use of post-consumer waste (PCW) material is to reduce textile waste in landfills.
Normally, the used clothing and discarded garments by consumers are collected and reprocessed to convert garments into recycled yarns. And then use in making new clothes through upcycling of the product.
The use of PCW textiles in the ready-made garment is increasing by many apparel brands to make the fashion business more sustainable. Many brands are using the Term PCW Cotton in their product labels.
I got to know about this term when I saw it on a denim product banner. I thought it would help you too if you are trying to find the meaning and use of PCW cotton.
BCI (Better Cotton Initiative)
At US Denim “Sustainable Innovation” takes centre stage when it comes to Product Development initiatives. Over the years the company has put in relentless efforts to make sustainable denim commercially viable and has developed a reliable supply chain that can produce any fabric under any sustainable initiative (organic, BCI, recycled, Fair-trade etc). This whole concept of sustainability is run under a special fabric collection we call, “GreenSteps”. Fabrics made from Better Cotton are a part of that initiative.
We believe BCI or Better Cotton initiative holds great promise for sustainable production of cotton across the world. It is an idea to bring good farming practices to cotton producing countries and to promote a special collaboration among the farmers of the region to share these practices with each other. So, with lesser inputs a farmer is able to gain better output. This results in lesser harmful impact on the environment and better livelihood for the farmer communities, a win-win solution.
• Increased income for farmers.
• No premium on cotton prices throughout the supply Chain.
• No specific storage and documentation requirements unlike Organic and Fairtrade give BCI a relatively higher potential to grow amongst all sustainable initiatives related to cotton.
Staying true to our commitment we sourced 12% BCI cotton for our total production in year 2012 which was quite high for a denim producer around the Globe, and we are not looking back and now we have achieved 100% BCI.
Post Industrial Waste (PIW)
We reuse and recycle resources where possible, not only our own waste but converting trimmings which are collected, categorised and re-used in papermaking.
Recycling the fibre from sources of industrial waste makes great use of the yield of the tree by extending the life span of its fibres.
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