Global Recycled Standard

Recycled Content for both finished and intermediate products

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The Global Recycled Standard (GRS) is a voluntary product standard for tracking and verifying the content of recycled materials in a final product. The standard applies to the full supply chain and addresses traceability, environmental principles, social requirements, chemical content and labeling. GRS covers processing, manufacturing, packaging, labeling, trading and distribution of all products made with a minimum of 20% recycled material. It also sets requirements for third-party certification of recycled content, chain of custody, social and environmental practices, and chemical restrictions.
The standard supports companies looking to verify the recycled content of their products as well as responsible social, environmental and chemical practices in the production of these products. Although the GRS is owned by Textile Exchange, the range of products is not limited to textiles and can include any type of product containing recycled content materials.
The desired effect of GRS is to provide brands with a tool for more accurate labeling, to encourage innovation in the use of reclaimed materials, to establish more transparency in the supply chain, and to provide better information to consumers.

The goal of GRS is to increase use of Recycled materials in products and reduce or eliminate the harm caused by its production.

Why Choose SCS?
SCS Global Services is a globally recognized, third-party certifier of recycled content claims. SCS Global Services has been a global leader in third-party environmental and sustainability verification, certification, auditing, testing, and standards development for more than three decades.

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  • Benefits
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Companies in ginning, spinning, weaving and knitting, dyeing and printing, and cut and sew are eligible for certification.

Certification Features

  • Recycled Polymer Materials - Contains a minimum of 20% recycled content
  • Ethical - Avoids questionable or unethical sources
  • Labor Protections - Ensures that workers are treated fairly according to internationally recognized (ILO) labor standards
  • Supply Chain Management - Introduces supply chain risk management tools to improve sourcing strategies and prevent destructive environmental practices
  • Environmental Impact Assessment - examines the environmental impacts associated with product manufacturing
  • Chain of Custody – Transaction certificates follow the material through the supply chain


Complementary SCS Services
SCS provides a full spectrum of environmental and sustainability certification services. Complementary services include: Recycled Claim Standard, Certified Responsible Source™ Textiles, SCS Recycled Content Certification, and Alliance for Water Stewardship Certification.

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