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Tontine Achieves Global Recycled Standard (GRS)

June 03, 2021

Tontine Achieves Global Recycled Standard (GRS)

Tontine Achieves Global Recycled Standard (GRS)

Through our use of recycled polyester, Tontine removes around 100 million 600ml plastic bottles from going into landfill or polluting our environment every year.

To ensure our use of recycled polyester in the fillings of Tontine pillows and Tontine quilts meets world’s best practice standards and provide full transparency and consumer reassurance, in 2021 the Tontine brand applied for and achieved GRS accreditation.

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

The objectives of the GRS are:

  • Alignment of definitions across industries and multiple applications.
  • Track and trace Recycled input materials.
  • Provide customers (both brands and consumers) with a tool to make informed decisions.
  • Reduce harmful impact of production to people and the environment.
  • Provide assurance that materials in the final product are actually Recycled and processed more sustainably.
  • Drive innovation in addressing quality issues in the use of Recycled materials.

The Global Recycled Standard is intended for use with any product that contains at least 20% Recycled Material (Tontine pillows and quilts filled with polyester filling contain 100% recycled polyester filling).

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.

As you can see from the above, GRS certification is not just about tracking and tracing recycled materials from collection to final product to prove that recycled claims are valid and trustworthy. GRS certification is also as much about social responsibility, human rights responsibility, environmental responsibility and health and safety responsibility too.

Social Responsibility

The GRS accreditation process that specifically deals with social responsibility, including human rights, aims to ensure that workers employed at facilities involved in the production of GRS products are protected by strong social responsibility policy, including:

  • No use of slave or forced labour
  • No use of child labour
  • Freedom of association and union membership
  • Zero tolerance for discrimination, harassment and abuse
  • World class health & safety conditions
  • Fair wages, benefits and terms of employment
  • Fair working hours

Environmental Responsibility

Along with social responsibility, environmental responsibility is also a large part of becoming GRS accredited.

Here the aim of GRS accreditation is to ensure that facilities involved in the production of GRS products have strong environmental protections in place.

The specific areas of interest in this regard are:

  • Efficient energy use
  • Efficient water use
  • Effective and safe effluent treatment and management
  • Minimising harmful emissions
  • Effective and efficient waste management

Chemical Requirements

As chemicals can pose a particularly serious threat to both the environment and workers, it has its own unique set of criteria to meet under the GRS accreditation process.

The aim of GRS accreditation when it comes specifically to chemicals is that chemicals used in the production of GRS products do not introduce unnecessary harm to the environment or workers.

To meet the requirements of this section of the accreditation process, manufacturers at every step in the supply chain must prove that they do not use any of the chemicals listed on the GRS banned chemicals list and that any chemicals that are used during manufacturing and processing are safe to both the environment and workers.

Which Tontine products feature GRS accredited recycled material?

Any Australian made polyester filled Tontine pillow or quilt is certified as containing 100% recycled polyester by GRS. If a Tontine product contains a blend of material fillings, such as a polyester and wool blend filling for example, 100% of the polyester filling will be recycled.

If a product contains both a polyester filling and polyester cover, only the filling is certified to GRS standards. Fortunately, the filling typically makes up around +95% of the material used in a typical Tontine pillow or quilt.

Further information

If you would like further information on GRS accreditation, please visit GlobalRecycled.org


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