Global Recycle Standard (GRS)
There is a growing demand for products that have been certified to be made from recycled materials. However there is a lot of distrust amongst the consumers of such marketing claims without proper certification. Developed by Control Union Certifications of The Netherlands with the textile industry in focus, GRS aims to substantiate the recycled content in a product. It certifies that all production processes in the entire supply chain have undergone the proper steps to ensure the integrity of the final product. In addition to monitoring the recycled content that goes into a finished product, the standard also addresses issues pertaining to environmental and social criteria.
The GRS is based on a tracking and tracing principle which uses a transaction certificate based system similar to organic certification to ensure the highest level of integrity. This acts as a monitoring and controlling mechanism throughout the value chain of certified final products.