what is grs?

By Evelyn Zhao May. 14, 2022

The Global Recycled Standard (GRS) is international, voluntary standards that set requirements for third-party certification of recycled input and chain of custody. The shared goal of the standards is to increase the use of recycled materials. The GRS includes additional criteria for social and environmental processing requirements and chemical restrictions.

Objectives of the GRS
  • Alignment of definitions across multiple applications. 
  • Track and trace Recycled input materials.
  • Provide customers (both brands and consumers) with a tool to make informed decisions. 
  • Reduce harmful impact of production to people and the environment. 
  • Provide assurance that materials in the final product are actually Recycled and processed more sustainably. 
  • Drive innovation in addressing quality issues in the use of Recycled materials.
The Global Recycled Standard is intended for use with any product that contains at least 20% Recycled Material. Each stage of production is required to be certified, beginning at the recycling stage and ending at the last seller in the final business-to-business transaction. Material Collection and Material Concentration sites are subject to self-declaration, document collection, and on-site visits. 


Please noted that only products with more than 50% recycled content can be labeled with GRS logo. 


Recycled Claim Standard (RCS) + Global Recycled Standard (GRS)