How much do you know about GRS certification?

I believe everyone has heard of it, and often hears the high-frequency word GRS. But do you actually know what it actually means? In short, it is a global recycling standard and a certification and recognition of environmental protection.


Why do you need GRS certification?

GRS is a global recycling standard. Many large European and American companies are advocating environmental protection, so they require suppliers to undergo GRS certification. GRS certification is a traceability certification, so in the entire supply chain, as long as companies involved in production and processes are Certification is required. For example, yarn factories, dyeing factories, fabric factories, garment factories and trading companies all need GRS certification.

What is GRS certification?

GRS is the abbreviation of English Global Recycled Standard, and its Chinese translation is “Global Recyclable Standard”. It was originally formulated by the Dutch Control Union and implemented in November 2008. In January 2011, the copyright of GRS was transferred to the world’s most influential American textile exchange.

GRS is an international, voluntary and comprehensive product standard that sets out third-party certification requirements for recycled content, chain of custody, social and environmental practices, and chemical restrictions.

The goal of GRS is to increase the use of recycled materials in products and reduce/eliminate the harm caused by their production.


For export companies, what is the significance of doing GRS?

Enterprises can obtain many unexpected benefits after passing certification, which can be roughly divided into the following categories:


1. Enhance the “green” and “environmental protection” market competitiveness of enterprises

2. Have standard recycling material identification

3. Can gain global recognition and make it easier to enter the international stage

4. Strengthen the company’s brand awareness

5. Have the opportunity to be included in the purchasing list of international buyers and world-famous companies

Through these measures, GRS certification will consider sustainable development and ecological environment protection more comprehensively, provide more reliable proof, and help companies achieve environmental protection and sustainable development goals, while also promoting consumers’ environmental awareness and sustainable consumption.

Can all companies apply for GRS certification?

No, the principle of GRS certification is that the proportion of recycled content in the final product must be at least ≥20%, such as: recycled polyester, recycled cotton, recycled down, recycled spandex, recycled PET, polyester chips, recycled EVA, etc. can apply. In addition If the recycled content is ≥50%, you can apply for a label from the certification agency.

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Once a company in the supply chain fails to obtain a TC transaction certificate or fails to obtain GRS certification, the GRS supply chain will be suspended, and all products will be regarded as non-certified raw materials and non-certified products, and will not be able to implement GRS standards.

What is the principle of GRS certification?

The principle of GRS certification, take the textile industry as an example: from raw material suppliers → chemical fiber processing → yarn → textile → printing and dyeing + finishing → fabric → finished product industry or trading company, the entire supply chain needs to be supervised and passed GRS certification.

Enterprises in the entire supply chain are closely connected by TC transaction certificates. Starting from the initial raw material transaction, it is necessary to apply for a TC transaction certificate from a GRS certified institution and give it to the downstream enterprise. The downstream enterprise needs to have an upstream company to apply for a TC transaction certificate. TC transaction certificate and upstream invoices, upstream and downstream purchase and sale contracts, upstream delivery orders, delivery orders, total balance sheets, etc.

What types of GRS certificates are there?

GRS has two types of certificates, one is a scope certificate, namely: Scope Certificate, referred to as SC; the other is a transaction certificate, namely: Transaction Certificate, referred to as TC.

1.What is SC?

The Scope Certificate (SC) is the qualification certificate of the enterprise, proving that the enterprise has the qualifications to produce GRS standard products.

The GRS certificate we often refer to usually refers to the Scope Certificate (SC).

2. What is TC?

Transaction certificate (TC) is a transaction certificate for goods, proving that the purchased (or sold) products comply with GRS standard requirements.

What are the components of a GRS certificate?

The GRS certificate consists of three parts, namely: certificate cover, product attachment page, and facility attachment page, so the GRS certificate has at least three pages. If the number of certified products and facilities is large, the GRS certificate will have more pages, and some certificates will have more than 40 pages.

Does FuWinn have GRS?

All FuWinn’s cooperative suppliers have GRS certification. All types of water bottles and bags we mainly deal in are GRS certified and comply with GRS requirements. Our FuWinn company insists on keeping up with the international sustainable pace, actively responds to international needs, meets more customer choices, and provides quality and service. Trust us, your choice is the right one.