Fashion for Good recently launched the Viscose Traceability Project in collaboration with BESTSELLER and Kering, the project applies the innovative block chain technology from TextileGenesis™ (India-based Fashion for Good Innovator) to trace the viscose in the textile supply chain spanning eight countries.
BESTSELLER and Kering, along with Zalando, will provide the financial backing needed to enable the 9-month project.
Katrin Ley, MD, Fashion for Good, says, “This consortium project elaborates on our foundational traceability work with organic cotton to bring a scalable solution for traceability, from fibre to finish, in the viscose supply chain.”
BESTSELLER and Kering will provide the eight garment styles to be traced for the pilot, with fibres sourced from three leading sustainable viscose producers.
TextileGenesis™ designs traceability applications for use across the entire textile value chain, from fibre to finished goods. They will provide their blockchain solution and platform to trace the origins of the viscose used in the garments along the supply chains of the two participating brands.
These supply chains, consisting of spinners, weavers, knitters, dye-houses and garment makers, span a total of eight countries to reflect the real-world complexities and various supply-chain scenarios to fully test the flexibility and scalability of the platform.
Following the completion of the pilot in late 2021, an aggregated report detailing the key findings and best practices will be shared publicly.
“Sourcing of sustainable fashion products increasingly requires full supply chain traceability to ensure integrity of sustainability claims. We see sustainability and traceability as two sides of the same coin and our purpose is to accelerate the realisation of 100 per cent sustainable fibre pledges by providing radical transparency in the textile value chain, ” says Amit Gautam, CEO and Founder, TextileGenesis™.