Bangladesh fibre company Simco Spinning & Textile has partnered with Dutch fibre solutions firm The Movement to launch a fully traceable recycled cotton yarn to address the increasing demand for transparency.
Simco is one of the pioneers of producing fibres using recycling technology from cutting waste, with Cyclo its internationally recognised yarn.
The Movement, meanwhile, offers innovative branded sustainable fibre and yarn solutions for the textile industry, including its new Aware technology that uses tracer particles and blockchain to guarantee that the recycled cotton that enters the supply chain is the same that comes out as apparel.
The strategic partnership will see Simco become nominated spinners of the firm’s Aware Integrity Solution in Bangladesh.
Cyclo Recycled Yarn embedded with the Aware Integrity Solution is fully traceable from fibre to final product. With Aware tracer particles added to the certified recycled Cyclo fibre, the final garment can be scanned by a hand-scanner to verify that genuine Cyclo yarn has been used for that final product.
As mass balance is registered on the Aware blockchain application, sustainable claims are 100% verified and validated, thereby precluding greenwashing, the companies say.
“Sustainability is a spectrum: I believe it is important for retailers and consumers to know where in the spectrum their products lie so they can make better decisions,” says Mustafain Munir, founder of Cyclo recycled fibre. “Aware technology enables us to do that. I see our partnership as key to pushing the industry further in the right direction of the sustainable spectrum.”
Feico van der Veen, founder of Aware, adds: “We are officially disrupting the sustainable textile industry. Our revolutionary integrity solution combines both tracer- and blockchain technology. We are more than just a ‘database driven QR-code’ on a product and ready to scale up. We are continuously looking for innovative spinners of sustainable yarn with a disruptive and transparent vision on the future.”
Launched earlier this summer, Aware technology could help establish more trust in the textile industry by offering validation, transparency, and verification, according to The Movement.