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LONDON – Nearly two-thirds of textile products claiming to be produced from recycled polyester were fraudulent, a newly developed test method found. An 18-month investigation was carried out during the development of a new testing method to verify recycled polyester in response to concerns in the fashion industry that virgin polyester is being substituted for its recycled counterpart. This is due to a shortage of rPET which is leading to rising prices. During the testing of dozens of products, 62 per cent were found to not contain the amount of recycled polyester claimed – or any at all.

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