Mixed emotions here about the new standard for recycled textiles. Thanks to Control Union Certifications and demand claims from brands and retailers in The Netherlands, the first Global Recycling Standard (GRS) for fabrics, apparel and accessories is now active to ensure sourcing clarity through the production supply chain.
Now I understand certification needs for organic fibers, dyes, and rather recently for leather and fur, – but recycled? Talk about cover your bum!
Well, according to Ecotextile News, Mark Prosé of Control Union Certifications says the launch is in response to an increasing desire from the textile industry to back up claims that can be made regarding recycled products. It’s a three-tiered system with a bronze, silver or gold level standard based on the amount of recycled content in any given product. The top-level Gold standard requires that products contain between 95 and 100% recycled material, while Silver labeled products are between 70 and 95% recycled. Products labeled with the Bronze GRS logo have a minimum recycled content of 30%.
This process is based on existing criteria from Scientific Certification Systems (SCS). The GRS standard also includes environmental processing criteria in addition to raw material specifications. Strict waste water treatment requirements and chemicals’ use are based on Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) and Oeko-Tex 100 criterions as well.
Additionally, social responsibility is incorporated into GRS to ensure workers’ health and safety and enforces workers’ labor rights in accordance with International Labor Organisation (ILO) criteria. The GRS is intended for global use, but is launching in the Far East with combined efforts from Control Union in the Netherlands, Hong Kong and Korea.
Is this overboard? Perhaps a money generating ploy from branding companies? Why not focus on controversial bamboo first? Send me your comments!
Photographer credit to Robert Decelis for designer visionary, Gary Harvey, and his Recycled Icons, Eco-Couture collection.
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