FABRICS FAQ : green terminology


Green Textile Terms begin with 'R'

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reclaimed polymer

Synthetic waste from any source such as carpet, fabric, yarn or soda bottles that is melted down and re-extruded.
CATEGORY : Green
SOURCE :     ACT Glossary

reclamation

The act of retrieving any material from a waste stream in order to save it from loss and restore to usefulness.
CATEGORY : Green
SOURCE :     ACT Glossary

recovered materials

Waste materials and by-products which have been recovered or diverted from solid waste, but the term does not include those materials and by-products generated from, and commonly reused within, an original manufacturing process (42 U.S.C. 6903 (19)).
CATEGORY : Green
SOURCE :     ACT Glossary

recyclability

The ability of a product or material to be recovered from, or otherwise diverted from, the solid waste stream for the purpose of recycling.
CATEGORY : Green
SOURCE :     ACT Glossary

recycled product

A product made in whole or part from material recovered from the waste stream.
CATEGORY : Green
SOURCE :     ACT Glossary

recycling

The series of activities, including collection, separation and processing, by which products or other materials are recovered from the solid waste stream. The products are then used in the form of raw materials in the manufacture of new products, other than fuel for producing heat or power by combustion.
CATEGORY : Green
SOURCE :     ACT Glossary

Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemical (REACH)

REACH is a new European Community Regulation on chemicals and their safe use (EC 1907/2006). It deals with the Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and Restriction of Chemical substances. The new law entered into force on 1 June 2007. The aim of REACH is to improve the protection of human health and the environment through the better and earlier identification of the intrinsic properties of chemical substances. At the same time, innovative capability and competitiveness of the EU chemicals industry should be enhanced. The benefits of the REACH system will come gradually, as more and more substances are phased into REACH.
CATEGORY : Green
SOURCE :     European Commission

renewable

Capable of being replaced by natural ecological cycles or sound management practices.
CATEGORY : Green
SOURCE :     ACT Glossary

renewable energy

Energy derived from sources that do not become depleted, such as the sun, wind, oceans, rivers, eligible biomass and heat from the earth's interior.
CATEGORY : Green
SOURCE :     ACT Glossary

reprocessed fiber

Fiber made from fabric which was never put into use.
CATEGORY : Green
SOURCE :     ACT Glossary

Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA)

The federal statute that is an amendment to the Solid Waste Disposal Act (of 1965). The four primary goals of RCRA are as follows: protection of human health and the environment from potential hazards associated with hazardous waste disposal; conservation of energy and natural resources; reduction of the amount of hazardous waste generated; and enforcement of environmentally sound waste management practices. Adopted by Congress in 1976.
CATEGORY : Green
SOURCE :     ACT Glossary

reusable

Capable of being used again after salvaging, special treatment or processing.
CATEGORY : Green
SOURCE :     ACT Glossary