Global Recycled Standard V3 Review

O’DONNELL, Texas — March 27, 2014 — In 2012, an International Working Group (IWG) of certification bodies was created to own the development of the revised standard. The GRS IWG members are: Control Union, ICEA, IMO, Intertek, and SCS Global Services.  The new version of the standard will introduce stronger Social and Environmental requirements from v2.1 and will also include an entire new section, limiting the use of toxic chemicals from the production of GRS products. The verification of recycled input materials relies on the same guidelines recently established by TE’s Recycled Claim Standard.  

The second Stakeholder Review for the Global Recycled Standard v3 is now open for comment. During this time, you are invited to read the standard and related documents and provide your comments or suggestions for the standard, including the feedback from the first review. Comments must be received by April 28.  

To participate:
1. Visit 


  • Global Recycled Standard v3 Draft
  • GRS Prohibited Substance List – DRAFT
  • GRS v3 Logo Use and Labeling Guide – DRAFT
  • TE Accepted Equivalent Standards – DRAFT
  • GRS v3 Consolidated Feedback and Response
  • GRS Feedback Form 2.0

2. Read the documents carefully.
3. Record suggested edits or additions in the GRS Feedback Form.
4. Submit the GRS Feedback Form to before April 28.

Summary of the Global Recycled Standard Revision Process

  • First stakeholder review period: Dec. 19 to Feb. 20
  • Second stakeholder review period: March 27 to April 28    
  • Release of final GRS v3: tentatively May 15

Feedback collected during the first stakeholder review period was consolidated, summarized and responded to by the GRS IWG and Textile Exchange.  Second stakeholder review period: March 27 to April 28  At the end of the second stakeholder review period, all comments will be consolidated, summarized and addressed by the GRS IWG and Textile Exchange. At the end of the second stakeholder review, a summary of both stakeholder reviews will be available on the GRS along with the finalized standard documents.

Posted March 30, 2014

Source: Textile Exchange