WHAT IS THE GLOBAL RECYCLED STANDARD (GRS)?
GLOBAL RECYCLED STANDARD (GRS) was developed by Control UNION in 2008 and then transferred to TEXTİLE EXCHANGE in 2011. The standard can be applied to companies that manufacture and/or trade recycled products as finished or semi-finished products. It covers all products that contain at least 20% recycled materials. The field of application is not limited to textile products, but is very wide, especially for products such as paper, packaging, glass and plastic. (Only products with at least 50% recycling content are entitled to product-specific GRS labeling.) The standard has Criteria, particularly occupational health and safety, and environment and waste management. GLOBAL RECYCLED is an international, voluntary, complete product standard that sets requirements and chemical restrictions for recycling content, chain of custody, third-party certification of social and environmental practices.
The objectives of the GLOBAL RECYCLED STANDARD(GRS) are to define requirements to ensure accurate ingredient declaration, good working conditions and minimization of harmful environmental and chemical effects. Certification of Material Collection and Material Concentration processes is not required for GRS. However, it is mandatory to declare that a set of requirements consistent with the objectives of this standard have been met, and acceptance of random auditing by the Certification Body. The Global Recycling Standard is designed for use with any product that contains at least 20% recycled material. From the recycling stage to the final sale certificate, every stage of production must be documented. The aim of GLOBAL RECYCLED is to increase the use of recycled materials in products and to eliminate/reduce the damage caused by the production process.
The accredited content for the GLOBAL RECYCLED STANDARD (GRS) is as follows:
Recycled fiber in textile products
Converted metal in metal products
Recycled paper in paper products
An application can be made for the GRS CERTIFICATE after the recycled plastic in plastic products.
Audit preparation steps to obtain the first GRS Certificate
Prior to the first inspection, the following documents are provided to the economic operator:
Brief information about the GRS Standard
Standard and application manual
Audit CHECKLIST audit report with supplier list and subsidiaries
Following the completion of the reassessment, a report is prepared showing the content of the audit. After the detection of nonconformities, a certificate with a TE label is issued.