Portugal’s Acatel has partnered with transparency technology company FibreTrace and carbon positive cotton farm company Good Earth Cotton to launch the collection of knits and fabrics.

Acatel says the new partnership will help it to become an active agent of positive environmental change within the supply chain. It also means the company can offer added value to its customers by combining fully traceable and carbon positive fibres with its existing sustainable finishing approach.

It adds by harnessing the power of FibreTrace technology, it can share the carbon positive story of its cotton products all the way from seed through to fabric, and communicate its biodegradable qualities with the end consumer.

Acatel CEO Susana Serrano points to the importance of offering sustainable solutions within the apparel industry. She says: “There is no Planet B, and sustainability is not just a trend. It is an ethical, efficient and reliable necessity of tomorrow.”

The collection has made its debut with two biodegradable finishing products. The first is Eco-Print, which is described as the first compostable pigment printing system with Cradle to Cradle Platinum level, made from a water-based printing paste and compostable colours. It will be added to Acatel’s E*Retrace collection.

The second product is a Good Earth Cotton knit that uses a bio-based finishing process made of 85% vegetable ingredients, 92% of which are biodegradable and complete with full FibreTrace traceability.

FibreTrace recently announced a pilot programme with industrial park developer and operator ARISE IIP that is said to enable Africa’s first fully traceable cotton supply chain.

While earlier last year Good Earth Cotton partnered with Portuguese textile company Impetus to launch the first collection of carbon positive and completely traceable intimates.