Global Recycled Standard

Global Recycled Standard (GRS), certifies products obtained from recycled materials and manufacturing activities. Enhance products made with recycled materials, in compliance with environmental and social criteria extended to all stages of the production chain.


The  Global Recycled Standard (GRS)  is promoted by  Textile Exchange , one of the most important non-profit organizations that internationally  promote responsible and sustainable development in the textile sector . With this standard, Textile Exchange recognizes the  fundamental importance of recycling  for the growth of a model of  sustainable production and consumption;  aims to encourage the  reduction of  resource consumption (virgin raw materials, water and energy) and to  increase the quality  of recycled products. The GRS provides for the issue of a   third party verified environmental statement which proves:

  • the content  of recycled materials of their products (both intermediate and finished)
  • compliance  with environmental and social criteria in all of the production chain.

All products that are composed of at least 20% of  pre-consumer and post-consumer recycled materials can be GRS certified  . The GRS criteria extend to the following areas:

  •  Product composition and content of recycled materials
  • Maintaining  traceability throughout the entire production process
  • Restrictions on the  use of chemicals.
  • Compliance  with relevant environmental criteria which may concern: water supply; waste discharge; and water drains; energy recovery (use of selected waste); polluting emissions into the atmosphere; waste production and management; soil and groundwater contamination; management of dangerous substances, preparations and materials; noise emissions; emergency management
  • Compliance  with social criteria relating to workers’ rights.

Steps that do not require certification:

  •  Refuse collection
  • Sorting,  selection, grouping.

Phases covered by the certification:

  • Recycling  of materials
  • Every  manufacturing process through which the recycled material is used  to make intermediate products  (for example: yarns and fabrics) or finished products intended for the consumer.

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Preliminary evaluation.
Initial evaluation of the products and of the production process which includes, among other things, the evaluation of the composition of the products for which certification is required, as well as the conformity of raw materials and suppliers and the suitability of the chemical products used in specific manufacturing processes.

On-site inspection.
On-site inspection aimed at ascertaining: the effective  compliance of the products  with the GRS criteria; the  correct organization and management  of manufacturing processes and internal procedures likely to compromise the conformity of the product itself; the  maintenance of chain  of custody in order to ensure that the recycled material is correctly identified in order to avoid problems of confusion and / or substitution with other materials. At the same time, compliance with the relevant environmental and social criteria is verified.

Issuance of the Certificate of Conformity.
Issuance of the Certificate of Conformity on the basis of the information and data collected as part of the evaluation and verification process.