The Global Recycling Standard (GRS) is an international, voluntary and comprehensive product standard that specifies third-party certification requirements for recycling content, production and marketing chain of custody, social and environmental practices, and chemical restrictions. The goal of GRS is to increase the use of recycled materials in products and reduce/eliminate the hazards caused by their production.
The goals of GRS are:
Unify the definition of multiple applications. Trace back recyclable input materials.
Provide customers (brands and consumers) with a tool to make informed decisions. Reduce the harmful effects of production on people and the environment.
Ensure more sustainable recycling and processing of materials in the final product. Promote innovation in solving quality problems in the use of recycled materials.
The global recycling standard applies to any product that contains at least 20% recycled materials. Starting from the recycling stage, each production stage must be certified, and finally ends in the final seller in a business-to-business transaction. Material collection and material concentration locations need to go through self-declaration, document collection and site visits.
Principles of GRS certification
This standard applies to products with a recycled content of 20% or more. Certain exceptions may apply. Please refer to the Textile Exchange's review and certification procedures for concession handling information.
This standard includes consumer-facing labels; only products that have been certified by the seller in the last business-to-business transaction are eligible.
Only products with at least 50% recycled content meet the product-specific GRS label. Please refer to the GRS Label Usage and Declaration Guidelines for guidance on labeling.
Recycling material requirements
Complete GRS certification; transaction certificate
Production and trade:
Complete GRS certification, except for subcontractors and low-volume traders; transaction certificates.
Supply chain requirements
All recycled materials entering the supply chain should have a valid transaction certificate (TC) issued by an accredited certification body.
The pre-consumption and post-consumption material content percentages of each batch should be recorded at each certification site, and recorded on the transaction certificate