The shared goal of the GRS and RCS is to increase the use of recycled materials. The GRS includes additional criteria for social and environmental processing requirements and chemical restrictions.
The GRS and RCS are amongst the leading standards to track recycled material through the supply chain. They were written with the textile industry in mind but we see an increase in application across product categories, inside and outside the textile industry. With this revision we want to ensure that our recycled standards remain relevant in tracking recycled material through supply chains.
As part of this revision, we will be standardizing the structure and format of the GRS and RCS to bring consistency across all our standards.
We may also evaluate what value or need the standards could meet in addition to the verification of recycled content, such as more robust waste efficiency or other issues that may contribute to Textile Exchange’s Climate+ targets.
Textile Exchange’s Integrity Team is leading this revision process in close collaboration with the International Working Group. The public will have multiple opportunities to provide feedback throughout the revision process through an initial feedback period, participation in the International Working Group, and the final draft consultation.
From April 1 to May 31, 2021, Textile Exchange sought open feedback on the current version of the Global Recycled Standard 4.0 and Recycled Claim Standard 2.0. This feedback will help to inform our revision of the GRS/RCS this year. We will share a summary of feedback received soon.
At this point, we request stakeholder participation in the upcoming revision. If you would like to participate please email Standards@TextileExchange.org to indicate your interest.