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About GRS: Global Recycled Standard

The Global Recycled Standard (GRS) is an international, voluntary, full product standard that sets requirements for third-party certification of Recycled Content, chain of custody, social and environmental practices, and chemical restrictions. The goal of the GRS is to increase use of Recycled materials in
products and reduce/eliminate the harm caused by its production. The objectives of the GRS are:

  • Alignment of definitions across multiple applications.
  • Track and trace Recycled input materials.
  • Provide customers (both brands and consumers) with a tool to make
    informed decisions.
  • Reduce harmful impact of production to people and the environment.
  • Provide assurance that materials in the final product are actually
    Recycled and processed more sustainably.
  • Drive innovation in addressing quality issues in the use of Recycled

The Global Recycled Standard is intended for use with any product that contains at least 20% Recycled Material. Each stage of production is required to be certified, beginning at the recycling stage and ending at the last seller in the final business-to-business transaction. Material Collection and Material Concentration sites are subject to self-declaration, document collection, and on-site visits.

For more information about the Global Recycled Standard, please visit Textile Exchange to see the latest updates and download current documents.