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.