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GRS - Global Recycle Standard

GRS - Global Recycle Standard

What it is about

The Global Recycle Standard (GRS) was originally developed by Control Union Certifications in 2008 and ownership was taken over by Textile Exchange (TE) on 1 January 2011. TE initiated a revision of the standard in early 2012. Its goal was to make the standard more robust, and to include new chemical requirements. An International Working Group (IWG) of certification bodies was developed to revise the standard.

This standard applies to all companies that manufacture or trade GRS products. It covers processing, manufacturing and trading of material that is made with a minimum of 20% recycled material. Products made from a minimum of 50% of recycled material, can be labelled according to the GRS. The Material Collection and Material Concentration processes are not required to be GRS certified. But companies will have to declare that they have met a set of requirements, consistent with the goals of this standard, and agree to be inspected by a certification body on a random basis. The range of products to be certified is inspired by, but not limited to textile products. 

Focus of GRS

The Global Recycled Standard is an international, voluntary, full product standard that sets requirements for third-party certification of

  • Identification and traceability of the recycled content in textile along the entire chain of custody
  • Environmental requirements
  • Social responsibilities according to the ILO conventions
  • Define and uphold restrictions in the use of chemicals

The GRS is intended to meet the need of companies looking to verify the recycled content of their products (both finished and intermediate products) and to verify responsible social, environmental and chemical practices in the production of these products. The objectives of the GRS are to define requirements to ensure accurate content claims and good working conditions, and that harmful environmental and chemical impacts are minimized as much as possible.

Control Union is the leading certification body, which has certified the majority of all certified facilities. This includes companies in ginning, spinning, weaving/knitting, dyeing & printing and stitching in more than 50 countries to OCS and GRS at the moment.

We are pleased to send you our non-obligatory offer regarding GRS certification. If you like to order our Application Form or if you have further questions regarding GRS please contact us; weekdays from 8:30 AM to 17:00 PM via 030/509 69 88-0 or Fax (030/5096 988-88) and E-Mail (berlin@controlunion.com).