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Trademark: Global Recycled Standard

What is Global Recycled Standard? The Global Recycled Standard (GRS) is an internationally recognized certification mark specifically for companies that produce or sell products made from recycled materials. The Global Recycled Standard was developed by Control Union Certifications and transferred to non-profit organization Textile Exchange in 2011. Companies that want to have the recycled material in their products verified and want to watch over the social, environmental and chemical impact of their production can turn to the Global Recycled Standard. The goal of the voluntary organization is to increase the use of recycled materials.

Global Recycled Standard was originally set up for the textile industry, but the label now appears on all kinds of products, such as garden fences. In addition to requirements about recycling, there are also requirements about the company's environmental policy. For example, there are environmental criteria for the discharge of waste water, and water, chemical and energy consumption must be recorded. There are no requirements for the quantities of these. There are also requirements for safety, working conditions and the educational level of the personnel.

Sustainable materials

The GRS hallmark indicates that one or more materials used in clothing or other products consist of at least 50% recycled material. This means that for a composite fabric, the amount of recycled material can be less than 50%. The percentage must be stated on the label for each material type. In addition, the GRS certification not only looks at the material, but the entire production process of the product is examined. In this way the GRS certification gives a good overall picture of how sustainable the recycled product is.

The main points of the Global Recycled Standard are:

  • Verifying recycled materials so that they meet the ISO standard of recycled materials.
  • Responsible manufacturing with strict socially responsible and environmentally friendly requirements. In addition, no (potentially) harmful chemicals may be used.
  • The ability to trace the origin of a recycled material. Both the recycler and the material itself must be traceable.
  • The GRS certificate is issued by an independent third party, making the mark highly reliable.
  • Each product with the GRS certificate has a label with the GRS logo.
  • GRS is a voluntary organization that connects different parties from all over the world in the field of recycling.


To ensure that clothing brands bearing the GRS mark meet the requirements, the certification is done by a third independent party. This makes it a reliable label, even though the verification is non-accredited.

The Global Recycled Standard is very transparent and shares on their website all kinds of documents and tools that help clothing brands and retailers implement GRS. In this way they try to make it as easy as possible for companies to start using recycled materials. Curious about which companies have a GRS label? On their website you will find a comprehensive list of all certified companies, from which country the company comes, which product groups are certified and the date when the certificate was issued and when it expires.

At Take It Slow we think it is important that our items from recycled materials are recycled in an environmentally friendly way. That is why in our webshop you will find the brands Organic Basics, Jan 'n June, Thinking Mu and Maium with the Global Recycled Standard label.


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