Home / Knowledge / News / Textiles / Fashion for Good successfully traces organic cotton

Fashion for Good successfully traces organic cotton

21
Nov '19
Pic: Fashion for Good
Pic: Fashion for Good
An Organic Cotton Traceability pilot has successfully combined on-product markers and blockchain technology to track organic cotton from farm to consumer, a first in apparel industry. The pilot is a collaboration between Fashion for Good, C&A Foundation & Organic Cotton Accelerator, supported by C&A, Kering, PVH Corp, Zalando and Bext360 as technical partner.

The unique collaborative nature of the pilot project was key to its successful outcome. The partner companies provided their expertise to direct the pilot as well as financial support to fund project activities. C&A was instrumental to the project, leveraging their supply chain – Pratibha Syntex Limited, a vertically integrated manufacturing facility from farm to fashion in India supporting in-field trials, as well as their retail expertise – to fully explore production from fibre to garment available in stores across Europe.

The lead technical partner, Bext360, was backed by supporting technical partners Haelixa, Tailorlux, In-Code Technologies and Corebiome, whose DNA, invisible fluorescent and microbiome technologies respectively were applied in tracking the organic cotton. After enduring the harsh manufacturing processes of spinning, chemical treatments, high temperatures and dyeing, the DNA and invisible fluorescent tracers emerged intact to positively identify the cotton in consumer ready garments in retail outlets.

NFC tags provided by In-Code Technologies enabled additional verification by way of unique digital data points collected through production. Deploying machine vision and artificial intelligence to automatically catalogue and grade the quality of the cotton, the Bext360 blockchain platform can then track each transaction, through the entire value chain.

“The success of the Organic Cotton Traceability pilot provides a positive impulse towards traceability and transparency in the value chain. We’ve gathered sufficient insights and evidence to support the case, in terms of technical as well as operational viability, for the wider implementation of the process in the organic cotton industry. In addition, the process shows enormous potential for further expansion to include other fibres in the fashion supply chain,” said Katrin Ley, managing director of Fashion for Good.

Current traceability systems, though reliable, rely largely on paper-based trails of certification as well as various, separate systems to manage the chain of custody. The new process explored in the Organic Cotton Traceability pilot creates a digital and physical trail that increases reliability of traceability by combining the immutability of blockchain with on-product markers that verify the identity of the fibre. This method comes closest to full traceability of the origin, purity and distribution of the cotton within the current landscape. At the consumer level, the solution can be used to communicate which suppliers and manufacturers have worked together to create the final product.

In recent years, there has been increasing pressure for transparency along the fashion value chain from both consumers and governments. Simultaneously, greater awareness of the social and environmental impact of the fashion industry has catalysed intense interest and positive action towards more sustainable practices. Organic cotton promotes healthy soils, healthy ecosystems, healthy people and thriving farming communities and is consequently a key fibre in the sustainability strategies of fashion brands worldwide. It offers a lower ecological impact – reducing exposure to insecticides, pesticides and other chemicals, than conventional cotton production, which involves some of the highest use of pesticides and incurs a heavy water footprint. By having fully traceable organic cotton, the hope is to grow the use of cotton in the industry while increasing awareness of sustainable products.

From December 2019 onwards, the Fashion for Good Experience in Amsterdam – a consumer facing museum focused on sustainable fashion and innovation – will feature an organic cotton t-shirt from the very supply chain in this pilot project. Using a Tailorlux handheld spectrometer, consumers can verify the presence of the tracer for themselves in the interactive display. Besides the presentation in the museum, the Experience will host events around transparency and traceability to educate consumers about their importance. Insights from the pilot will be shared to raise awareness of the significance of organic cotton as well as the benefits of a transparent supply chain.

Fashion for Good is a global platform for innovation, made possible through collaboration and community. With an open invitation to the entire apparel industry, Fashion for Good convenes brands, producers, retailers, suppliers, non-profit organisations, innovators and funders united in their shared ambition.

Fashion for Good’s programmes are supported by founding partner C&A Foundation and corporate partners adidas, C&A, Channel, Bestseller, Galeries Lafayette Group, Kering, Otto Group, PVH Corp., Stella McCartney, Target and Zalando and affiliate partners Arvind and Norrøna.

Fibre2Fashion News Desk (PC)


Must ReadView All

Pic: Shutterstock

Apparel/Garments | On 14th Jun 2021

Sri Lanka's EDB concerned over EU resolution to withdraw GSP+

Sri Lanka's Export Development Board is concerned over the resolution ...

Pic: Shutterstock

Textiles | On 14th Jun 2021

Pakistan govt proposes tax relief in budget to boost industrial growth

Pakistan's latest budget aims to reduce the input cost of many...

Pic: Shutterstock

Apparel/Garments | On 14th Jun 2021

Prime Content| Vietnam’s apparel exports expected to rise in 2021: TexPro

Apparel exports of Vietnam are expected to increase from $14.96...

Interviews View All

Textile Industry, Head honchos

Textile Industry
Head honchos

Opportunity now to reimagine processes & systems in a digital environment

Textile Industry, Head honchos

Textile Industry
Head honchos

Next level is to inject new features:

Textile Industry, Head honchos

Textile Industry
Head honchos

Always best to produce under our own supervision

Sanjay Jhunjhunwalla,

Sanjay Jhunjhunwalla

In the financial hub of eastern India, Kolkata, a humble production...

Barry Goodwin,

Barry Goodwin

UK based Amba Projex Ltd designs, manufactures, and installs industrial...

Chini Chouhan,

Chini Chouhan

Founded by Chini Chouhan, her eponymous brand specialises in women's...

Daniel Kaye, RocketLife

Daniel Kaye
RocketLife

<div>RocketLife, an award-winning developer of breakthrough visual...

Wolfgang Plasser, Lenzing AG

Wolfgang Plasser
Lenzing AG

The Lenzing Group is an international company headquartered in Austria...

Suresh Patel, Non Woven Federation of India

Suresh Patel
Non Woven Federation of India

The Non Woven Federation of India (NWFI), representing the regional...

Vidur Adlakha & Riccardo Bennidini, La Fuori

Vidur Adlakha & Riccardo Bennidini
La Fuori

With an active presence in US, Italy and India, clothing brand La Fuori...

Sailesh Singhania, Sailesh Singhania Label

Sailesh Singhania
Sailesh Singhania Label

The Sailesh Singhania label was created to promote handwoven sarees and...

Megha Kumari & Jigar Mali, Label Megha & Jigar

Megha Kumari & Jigar Mali
Label Megha & Jigar

New Delhi based label Megha &amp; Jigar blends India's unique handcrafts...

Press Release

Press Release

Letter to Editor

Letter to Editor

RSS Feed

RSS Feed

Submit your press release on


editorial@fibre2fashion.com

Letter To Editor






(Max. 8000 char.)

Search Companies





SEARCH

Leave your Comments


June 2021

Subscribe today and get the latest update on Textiles, Fashion, Apparel and so on.


Advanced Search