Textiles, Apparel and Footwear Certifications

With rising consumer demand for transparency in sustainably-sourced materials, certification helps demonstrate your commitment to sustainability and traceability.
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NSF’s independent, third-party verification of preferred material content claims can support and protect your brand by demonstrating your commitment to sustainability and traceability, as well as strengthen customer trust in recycled, organic, social accountability, environmental, chemical and animal welfare-related product claims.

Recycled Content

Global Recycled Standard (GRS)

Claims of recycled content can be difficult to gauge, as the definition can encompass both pre-consumer and post-consumer waste. NSF verification of recycled content claims helps build brand and product distinction as well as consumer trust as they choose products made of recycled materials.

We verify recycled content claims to two standards:

  • The Recycled Claim Standard (RCS) verifies the amount of recycled material in a final product, using the chain of custody requirements in the Textile Exchange’s Content Claim Standard (CCS).
  • The Global Recycled Standard (GRS) verifies the product’s recycled content as well as responsible social, environmental and chemical practices used during production.


Organic 100 Content Standard

The Organic Content Standard (OCS) provides third-party verification of organic material content in a product. After raw material is certified as organic, the OCS tracks the use of organic content in processing and manufacturing activities. The result is that the organic content integrity is maintained from farm to retail.

The OCS provides a consumer-facing certification mark and identifies permitted labeling language for products and organizations to communicate their certification to customers. Consumers can trust OCS certified product claims.

Traceable and Responsible Down

NSF Global Traceable Down

Certifying to a down standard demonstrates your commitment to the best waterfowl welfare practices.

Both the Global Traceable Down Standard (Global TDS), developed by NSF, and Textile Exchange’s Responsible Down Standard (RDS) ensure that down in garments and other household and commercial products comes from a responsible source that respects animal welfare, such as prohibiting live-plucking and force-feeding.

Responsible Wool

Responsible Wool Standard (RWS)

Differentiate your brand and products by validating your commitment to best practices in sheep welfare and land stewardship.

Textile Exchange’s Responsible Wool Standard (RWS) addresses the welfare of sheep, social accountability and land management practices, and prohibits cruelty practices such as mulesing and tail docking. Certification ensures that wool is properly identified and tracked from certified farms to retail.


Looking to verify the traceability of specific materials in a final product? Textile Exchange’s Content Claim Standard (CCS) verifies content claims by requiring supply chains to take steps to preserve the integrity and identity of the input material. Certification provides manufacturers, brands, retailers, traders and organizations a strong chain of custody system for raw materials from source to final product.

The CCS is embedded into all Textile Exchange standards, as well as NSF's Global TDS. Certification to the CCS includes transaction certificates that can be used in business-to-business transactions throughout the supply chain to demonstrate product and material traceability.

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