Recycled Claim Standard / Global Recycled Standard Revisions

Introduction

Textile Exchange is committed to building credible, internationally recognized standards that include assurance and monitoring and evaluation systems. As a member of ISEAL, Textile Exchange follows three Codes of Good Practice in addition to its own procedures for Standard Setting, Accreditation and Certification.

In April 2021, Textile Exchange launched a comprehensive revision of the Global Recycled Standard (GRS) 4.0 and Recycled Claim Standard (RCS) 2.0. A public project summary of this revision can be downloaded here. In July 2021, Textile Exchange began a comprehensive revision of the Textile Exchange Standards framework with the intent to transition all its eight standards into one unified system. You can find more information here. 

 

Goals and Objectives

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.

Scope

The Recycled Claim Standard (RCS) and Global Recycled Standard (GRS) are international, voluntary standards that set requirements for third-party certification of recycled input and chain of custody. The Global Recycled Standard is intended for use with any product that contains at least 20% Recycled Material (50% if you want to label). The Recycled Claim Standard is intended for use with any product that contains at least 5% 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.

Needs Justification

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.

Timeline

GRS 4.0 and RCS 2.0 were released on July 1, 2017 after a multi-stakeholder review. You can find the summary of changes from that revision here. 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. You can find a summary of feedback received here. The revision process of the GRS and RCS will be rolled into the larger standards transition process. following a thorough multi-stakeholder review process.

 

GRS RCS Revision 1

Decision-Making Process

Textile Exchange will embark on this journey in collaboration with an International Working Group (IWG). Previous IWGs have been established per standard, and with this transition, we are planning to focus on one IWG, connected to smaller subject matter expert groups that will inform the IWG. We are also looking for participants for a labelling task force and pilot. If you are interested in participating in the IWG subject matter expert group, the labelling pilot, or both, please send an email to standards@textileexchange.org.

How to Participate

Textile Exchange’s Standards 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. Please visit the Standards Transition Revision website for updates.