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Certification mark for Softlines Recycled Content

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This voluntary TÜV SÜD certification mark for products (Footwear, Apparel, Accessories and Home Textiles) demonstrates that the reliability of the product’s recycled content claim has been tested and certified by the third-party organization TÜV SÜD. Only pre-consumer and post-consumer materials shall be considered as recycled content.

The certification mark is only awarded to the products made from recycled materials that undergo inspection by TÜV SÜD Product Service and comply with the criteria quoted below.

BASIS OF CERTIFICATION (Test requirements):

The certification is based on the test program PPP 65100A:2021, developed by TÜV SÜD Product Service.



  • Recycled Content
    The product’s recycled content claim has been certified through the whole supply chain verification and lab testing (for recycled polyester sourced form rPET bottles only). There are three levels of the recycled content claim, which are 0.05% – 25%, 25% - 75% and >75%.
  • Recycled Polyester Tested
    For the recycled polyester sourced from rPET bottles, the recycled polyester content claimed on the product has been tested according to TÜV SÜD inhouse method.
  • Production monitored
    Periodic surveillance and/or monitoring of the manufacture of a product constitutes the basic premise for certification that includes the award of a certification mark. Certification always requires product testing and regular factory inspections.

    As a third-party expert organisation, TÜV SÜD Product Service verifies that the manufacturer is able to maintain consistent quality in line with the requirements throughout high-volume production and has established the necessary quality system, including incoming goods inspections, lists of materials and final product testing.

    In addition, calibration of the necessary measuring and monitoring equipment must be ensured. Surveillance and/or monitoring covers the testing of safety-critical components and other materials used. If unauthorised changes are made to the product, the certificate will become invalid and the TÜV SÜD certification mark may no longer be used.

    Besides the factory surveillance content of TÜV Mark Certification, TÜV SÜD also performed the verification (including document & onsite verification) to the product’s whole supply chain, beginning from the recycling facility and ending at the certified product manufacturing factory.

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