Pondering the correct words to classify reused yarn shouldn’t be so tough, right? Last year I began toying with using the words Recycled/Reclaimed/Repurposed on product labels.

IMG_20160103_241151975_HDRTurns out there is much to learn on this subject.  So far, best-case is to stick with the guidance provided by a 75 year old law.THE WOOL PRODUCTS LABELING ACT OF 1939 as amended, 2014.

(b) Where a wool product is composed in part of wool, or recycled wool and in part of unknown and, for practical purposes, undeterminable non-woolen fibers reclaimed from any spun, woven, knitted, felted, braided, bonded or otherwise manufactured or used product, the required fiber content disclosure may, when truthfully applicable, in lieu of the fiber content disclosure otherwise required by the Act and regulations, set forth (1) the percentages of wool or recycled wool, and (2) the generic names and the percentages of all other fibers whose presence is known or practically ascertainable and (3) the percentage of the unknown and undeterminable reclaimed fibers, designating such reclaimed fibers as “unknown reclaimed fibers” or “undetermined reclaimed fibers,” as for example:
75% Recycled Wool – 25% Unknown Reclaimed Fibers.
35% recycled Wool – 30% Acetate – 15% Cotton – 20% Undetermined Reclaimed Fibers.
In making the required fiber content disclosure any fibers referred to as “unknown reclaimed fibers” or “undetermined reclaimed fibers” shall be listed last.
(c) The terms unknown recycled fibers and undetermined recycled fibersmay be used in describing the unknown and undeterminable reclaimed fibers referred to in paragraph (b) of this rule in lieu of the terms specified therein, provided, however, That the same standard is used in determining the applicability of the term recycled as is used in defining “recycled wool” in section 2(c) of the Act.

Defined in 2c of the Act…..

15 U.S. Code § 68 – Definitions  (for 16 U.S. Code part 300)
The term “recycled wool” means (1) the resulting fiber when wool has been woven or felted into a wool product which, without ever having been utilized in any way by the ultimate consumer, subsequently has been made into a fibrous state, or (2) the resulting fiber when wool or reprocessed wool has been spun, woven, knitted, or felted into a wool product which, after having been used in any way by the ultimate consumer, subsequently has been made into a fibrous state.

If I produce a textile product entirely of recycled wool, must I list the country of origin of that recycled wool? Do I use the country of the wool’s origin or the country in which it was recycled? Hmmm. This was better explained here.

To promote consistency with the Textile Rules, the Commission proposed to update §300.25(d) to state that an imported product’s country of origin as determined under the laws and regulations enforced by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (‘‘Customs’’) shall be the country where the product was processed or manufactured.

Now …is that product made in the USA from recycled wool from “country or origin” ? Hmmmm.

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