Thursday 20 May 2021


Freudenberg shoe components certified to Global Recycled Standard




Freudenberg Performance Materials has completed the Global Recycled Standard certification process for its shoe components manufactured in Asia.

All Freudenberg Far Eastern Spunweb sites were certified by Control Union Certifications to make the company an officially confirmed supplier of sustainable shoe components.

Freudenberg Far Eastern Spunweb has been using recycled raw materials in its products since it was established in 1987. The manufacturer is one of the few technical textile suppliers in the market to recycle polyester waste from its own production processes as pre-consumer recycled polyester. Today, all its materials are made from post-consumer and pre-consumer recycled polyester.

GRS is an international, voluntary standard developed by Textile Exchange that sets the requirements for third-party certification of recycled materials and the chain of custody. GRS aims to unify the definitions of recycled materials across multiple applications, to verify the contents of recycled materials in textile products, and provide brands, manufacturers, and end consumers with a tool to make informed decisions that reduce environmental impact.

The GRS certification recognises the share of recycled materials in Freudenberg products. Freudenberg Far Eastern Spunweb currently offers certified eyelet reinforcements and strobel insoles made from 100% recycled polyester and 87% recycled and 13% conventional polyester. The GRS-certified materials are widely used by global sport brands, especially in running and lifestyle shoes. The certification enables Freudenberg to support its customers in calculating the total amount of recycled material in their shoes.

Freudenberg plans to exclusively produce materials made from 100% recycled raw materials by 2023. 

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