GRS: A Recycled Material Standard

The Global Recycle Standard (GRS) is a global standard for the certification of recycled content. It's developed by Textile Exchange, a non-profit organization that promotes sustainable practices in the textile industry. 

The GRS sets guidelines for the content claims of recycled materials and recycled fibers used in products in order to provide confidence to consumers, brands, and retailers that products carrying the GRS label are accurately labeled and are produced using environmentally and socially responsible processes.

This certification verifies that the raw materials, processing, and manufacturing of a product meet strict environmental and social standards. It also ensures that the product is made from a minimum of recycled content, traceability and supply chain transparency are followed, and that no prohibited substances are used in production.

The Global Recycle Standard (GRS) sets different requirements for different types of products. The specific percentage of recycled content required for certification under GRS can vary depending on the product and the type of fiber. For example, for a product to be certified as made from recycled materials, the minimum percentage of recycled content required is usually at least 50%

It is also important to note that GRS certification is applicable for products having at least 20% of recycled content.

Here are the general steps involved in getting Global Recycle Standard (GRS) certification for a product:

  1. Review the GRS standard: Understand the requirements of the standard, including the specific requirements for your product and the type of fiber used.

  2. Conduct an internal audit: Conduct an internal audit of your processes and systems to identify any non-conformances and areas for improvement.

  3. Prepare a documentation: Prepare all the necessary documentation, including the Product Category Rule (PCR) and Technical Protocol, as well as test reports and other evidence to support your claims.

  4. Choose a certification body: Choose a certification body that is authorized to conduct GRS certification and submit an application for certification.

  5. On-site inspection: Once your application is accepted, the certification body will conduct an on-site inspection of your facilities and processes to verify that they comply with the GRS standard.

  6. Review and certification: After the on-site inspection, the certification body will review all the documentation and evidence submitted and make a decision regarding certification.

  7. Surveillance audit: After being certified, the product will be subject to periodic surveillance audits to ensure ongoing compliance with the GRS standard.

It's important to note that the steps and the level of details may vary depending on the certification body and standard edition, also make sure you follow their instructions and guidance. 

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Prashant Verma

15 years of experience in Technical Textiles, Smart Textiles, and IoT, having worked with top multinational companies. I specialize in developing innovative products and solutions in these fields. With nine domestic and international patents, I’m passionate about pushing the boundaries of technology and sharing insights on the latest trends and innovations in the textile and IoT sectors. linkedin github external-link

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