The Global Recycled Standard (GRS) is an international, full product standard by Textile Exchange, a non-profit that promotes responsible and sustainable development in the global textile industry. Their objective is to drive adoption of preferred fibres and materials (ie. sustainable), increase integrity in the value chain through standards and certifications, create collective impact within the industry, and raise awareness of the positive, meaningful changes being made.
Global Recycled Standard Background
The GRS establishes requirements for certification of recycled content, chain of custody, social and environmental practices and chemical restrictions. The goal of the GRS is to increase the use of recycled materials in products and reduce and eliminate the harm caused by its production.
The GRS certification can be applied to companies in the textile industry with activity in ginning, spinning, weaving, knitting, dyeing, printing, cutting, and stitching. The certification can also be applied to recyclers, distributors, and brands who want to have their recycled products and sustainable practices recognized by an international, reputable standard.
The GRS standard has strict guidelines and processes. Certified recycled materials in the entire supply chain must take the required measures to maintain the identity and integrity of the input material, from the raw materials to the final product. The textile must be made with at least 20% of certified recycled content.
Global Recycled Standard Criteria
The following criteria need to be met for GRS certification:
- Recycled materials – at least 20% recycled content
- Ethical and responsible production
- Traceability of the recycled material throughout the entire production process from the recycler to the final product
- Chemical restrictions
- Ethical work conditions and labour practices, including compliance to the International Labour Organization’s labour standards
- Environmental impact and compliance
- Social impact and compliance
Global Recycled Standard Certification
What does GRS certification mean? GRS certification allows companies to validate and communicate sustainability claims about their products based on a system of standards recognized internationally. As GRS standards verify the production of the recycled material from the beginning of the supply chain to the final product, it provides greater consumer confidence and assurance in the sourcing of the material. Along with guaranteeing reliable content claims, certification guarantees responsible environmental, social, labour, and chemical practices in the production of the recycled product.
Global Recycled Standard-Certified Gloves
WasteNot™ yarn, which is material created from recycled PET plastic bottles, is GRS-certified. This means that WasteNot™ yarn has at least 20% recycled material, and the recycled content has limited or restricted use of hazardous chemicals.
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