Global Recycle Standard Certification

A Global Recycle Standard Certification verifies that a supplier or manufacturer's products or packaging contain pre-consumer and/or post-consumer recycled content, according to global labeling standards. This certification can be achieved by material manufacturers in various industries, such as carpet, textiles, building products, wood and paper products, and insulation.

Holding a Global Recycle Standard Certification brings several benefits, including:

  • Showcasing leadership in reducing reliance on natural resources
  • Offering a competitive advantage in the global market
  • Meeting purchasing requirements and customer demands
  • Making products eligible for green building certifications such as LEED, WELL, BREEAM, and environmentally-friendly purchasing programs
  • Supporting sustainability goals
  • Enabling the development of circular economy strategies.

With a Global Recycle Standard Certification, you can demonstrate your commitment to using recycled content in production and promoting sustainable practices.

A Global Recycle Standard (GRS) certificate demonstrates a product's compliance with international standards for recycled content, traceability, and environmental and social responsibility. Obtaining a GRS certificate offers several benefits, including:

  • Increased credibility and transparency: The GRS certificate verifies the recycled content of your products and provides assurance to customers and stakeholders that you are following ethical and environmentally responsible practices.

  • Increased market competitiveness: With increasing demand for sustainable products, a GRS certificate can give your products a competitive advantage in the market and help you reach new customers who prioritize environmentally conscious products.

  • Compliance with regulations: Many countries and organizations have requirements for recycled content in products, and a GRS certificate provides evidence of compliance with these regulations.

  • Improved sustainability: The GRS certification process encourages companies to adopt sustainable practices, such as reducing waste and conserving resources, and helps to promote circular economy principles.

  • Enhanced brand reputation: A GRS certificate demonstrates a company's commitment to sustainability, which can improve its reputation and build trust with customers and stakeholders.

Overall, a Global Recycle Standard certificate is a valuable asset for companies that are looking to promote sustainability, increase market competitiveness, and enhance their reputation.

The process of obtaining a Global Recycle Standard (GRS) certification involves the following steps:

  • Preparation: Familiarize yourself with the GRS standard and requirements and gather the necessary documentation, such as product information and supply chain data.

  • Assessment: An independent third-party auditor will perform an assessment of your products and supply chain to verify that they meet the requirements of the GRS standard.

  • Correction of Non-Conformities: If any non-conformities are identified during the assessment, you will need to correct them and provide evidence to the auditor.

  • Certification: Once the auditor is satisfied that your products and supply chain meet the requirements of the GRS standard, you will receive a certificate of compliance.

  • Surveillance Audits: GRS certification requires periodic surveillance audits to ensure ongoing compliance with the standard.

The exact time frame and details of the certification process may vary depending on the size and complexity of your operation and the number of products being certified. It is recommended to work closely with the certification body to ensure a smooth and efficient certification process.


The recycled content statement must be verified by audits by internationally recognized 3rd Party Verifiers and gain international validity. 3rd Party Verifiers can improve internal processes, enabling corrective action to be taken, and provide independent evidence of why firms should invest in improving these processes.

The most preferred certificates in the world:

  • Textile Exchange -Recycled Claim Standard (RCS) + Global Recycled Standard (GRS)
  • UL Environment – Environmental Claims Validation
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