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What to know about GRS certification

In today’s environmentally conscious world, consumers are increasingly demanding transparency and accountability from the fashion and textile industry. Amidst this growing awareness, initiatives like the Global Recycled Standard (GRS) have emerged as beacons of sustainability, offering a comprehensive framework for certifying recycled content and promoting responsible production practices. For those eager to delve deeper into the world of textile recycling, our ‘Ultimate Recycled Guide: All About Textile Recycling provides valuable insights and practical tips.

What is the Global Recycled Standard (GRS)?

Developed as an international, voluntary product standard, the GRS sets forth rigorous requirements for third-party certification of recycled content, chain of custody, social and environmental practices, and chemical restrictions. Its overarching goal is twofold: to bolster the utilization of recycled materials in products while mitigating the adverse impacts associated with their production.

Goals of the GRS:

The objectives of the GRS are multifaceted, aiming to align definitions across various applications, enable the tracking and tracing of recycled input materials, and empower both brands and consumers to make informed decisions. By reducing the harmful impact of production on people and the environment, the GRS ensures that materials in the final product are authentically recycled and processed sustainably, thus fostering innovation in addressing quality issues related to recycled materials.

Promoting transparency and assurance:

One key impetus behind the GRS is the imperative to increase transparency and assurance for recycled fibers. By aligning definitions of recycled across different applications and verifying recycled content in products, the GRS provides a reliable framework for brands and consumers alike to navigate the complexities of sustainability in the textile industry.

How does the GRS work?

At its core, the GRS operates through a meticulous process of tracing recycled inputs from source to store. This involves rigorous verification of materials to meet the ISO definition of recycled, encompassing both pre-consumer and post-consumer sources. Furthermore, GRS-certified sites are mandated to adhere to stringent social and environmental requirements, with a ban on chemicals posing harm to human health and the environment.

The GRS also emphasizes the importance of maintaining the chain of custody, ensuring the integrity of recycled content throughout the production process. Each stage in the supply chain is subject to scrutiny by professional, third-party certification bodies, culminating in the labeling of products meeting GRS requirements with its distinctive logo. Stakeholder engagement is vital in the management of the GRS, with input from producers, suppliers, brands, and retailers from all parts of the globe.

Commitment to Sustainability:

At Hispano Tex, our commitment to sustainability is exemplified by our certification under the Global Recycled Standard since 2019. As a key player in the fashion and textile industry, we recognize the pressing need to reduce our environmental footprint and combat the scourge of plastic pollution. By embracing initiatives like the GRS, we not only uphold our responsibility to the planet but also empower consumers to make eco-conscious choices.

In conclusion, the Global Recycled Standard represents a significant stride towards a more sustainable future for the textile industry. Through its comprehensive framework and rigorous certification process, the GRS serves as a catalyst for positive change, driving innovation and fostering a culture of accountability. Together, let us embrace the principles of sustainability and work towards a greener, more resilient planet.