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‘Global Recycle Standard’ is under public review

Global-Standard-Logo-FINALFINAL2tone 01Towards a real and meaningful change in the textile industry, the Global Recycle Standard (GRS) ensures the traceability of materials and guarantees environmentally friendly production. GRS, owned and managed by Textile Exchange (TE), a US-based global nonprofit standard setting organization operating in the agriculture and textile sectors, is a holistic certification for products with recycled content. It focuses on the production of fiber, but takes into consideration the entire product life cycle. It provides 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 GRS was originally developed in 2008 under the umbrella of the Control Union Certifications, but it has been owned by Textile Exchange since 2011. This is a voluntary standard that is not intended to replace the legal or regulatory requirements of any country. It is the responsibility of each operation to demonstrate compliance with all applicable laws and regulations related to marketing, labor, and business practices.

This standard applies to  all companies that manufacture  or trade GRS products. The standard covers processing, manufacturing, packaging, labeling, trading and distribution of all products made with recycled material.  The    Material Collection and  Material Concentration  processes are not required to be certified to the GRS. The range of products to be certified is inspired by, but not limited to textile products. In case the party is outsourcing the production of the end product partially or completely, the units involved then have to comply with GRS as well.

The GRS uses the ISO14021 definition of recycled content, with interpretations based on the US Federal Trade Commission Green Guides intended to comply with the most widely recognized and stringent definitions. Sellers of GRS products are advised to reference the allowed recycled content claims in the countries of sale, to ensure that they are meeting all legal product claim requirements.

The standard is regularly reviewed by a large stakeholder group that includes retailers, brands, distributors and other industry members. The list of guidelines has been changed multiple times over the past several years, as there are new requirements to meet.

The Public Stakeholder Review for Textile Exchange’s recycled standards has begun recently. The International Working Group (IWG) for the revision of the Recycled Claim Standard (RCS) and Global Recycled Standard (GRS) was launched in June 2016. The open, multi-stakeholder process brings together interested parties to review the current drafts of the standard and make any necessary changes to ensure the standards continue to meet their goals. The Public Stakeholder Review will be open until April 28. The standard, as described in detail here (http://revision.globalrecycled.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/Global-Recycled-Standard-4.0-Clean-Draft.pdf), applies to the full supply chain and addresses criteria relating to some key elements like recycled material requirements, supply chain requirements, environmental requirements, social requirements and chemical requirements.

If anybody wants to participate in the Public Stakeholder Review, he or she needs to obtain clear idea about the latest copy of the Global Recycled Standard 4.0 Public Draft. For more information, please visit  http://revision.globalrecycled.org/ to find all the drafts, link to the survey, and the Feedback Form.

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