Understanding GRS Certification

A Deep Dive into Sustainable Fabrics

In today's world, sustainability is more than just a buzzword; it's a necessity. As consumers become increasingly aware of the environmental impact of their purchases, industries are responding by adopting more sustainable practices. One such industry is textiles, where the Global Recycle Standard (GRS) Certification plays a pivotal role. But what exactly is GRS Certification, and why should it matter to you, the consumer? Let's delve into these questions.

Learn more about our take on sustainability – it's a part of our heritage, and more integral to our business than a trend.  Discover our Sustainability

What is GRS Certification?

The Global Recycle Standard (GRS) is an international, voluntary, full product standard that sets requirements for third-party certification of recycled content, chain of custody, social and environmental practices, and chemical restrictions. The GRS is intended to meet the needs of companies looking to verify the recycled content of their products and to verify responsible social, environmental, and chemical practices in their production.

What Fabrics Does GRS Certification Deal With?

GRS Certification applies to a wide range of fabrics that contain recycled materials. These include both pre-consumer (industrial waste) and post-consumer (e.g., used clothing or plastic bottles) materials. The standard covers all manner of textiles, from clothing to home furnishings, and even extends to non-textile products that contain recycled polyester.

Your Dynamic Snippet will be displayed here... This message is displayed because you did not provided both a filter and a template to use.

How is the Fabric Certified?

The process of GRS Certification involves several steps. First, the fabric must contain a certain percentage of recycled content. The GRS uses the Mass Balance System to trace the recycled material through the supply chain. This system allows for mixing of GRS and non-GRS materials at any stage of production, as long as the manufacturer keeps track of the inputs and outputs and ensures that the amount of GRS material claimed is less than or equal to the amount purchased.

The fabric must also meet strict environmental and social criteria. This includes restrictions on harmful chemicals, requirements for safe and fair working conditions, and a commitment to continuous improvement in all areas.

Once a company believes it meets these requirements, it can apply for certification. An independent third-party auditor then reviews the company's practices and, if they meet the standard, grants the GRS Certification.

What Does GRS Certification Mean for the Consumer?

As a consumer, seeing the GRS Certification on a product gives you confidence that the item you're purchasing is genuinely sustainable. It assures you that the product contains a verified amount of recycled content, was produced under fair working conditions, and was made without harmful chemicals.

Moreover, it allows you to make a more informed decision about your purchases. By choosing GRS-certified products, you're supporting companies that prioritize sustainability and ethical practices. In essence, you're voting with your wallet for a more sustainable and equitable world.


In a world where sustainability is increasingly important, certifications like the GRS provide a valuable tool for both companies and consumers. They offer a way for companies to demonstrate their commitment to sustainable practices and for consumers to make more informed purchasing decisions. So next time you're shopping for textiles, look out for the GRS Certification - it's a small choice that can make a big difference.

The Real Difference with HR Foam
Finding Comfort on Cold Cured High Resilient Foam