Dutch clean-tech startup The Movement – maker of Polylana Fiber – has announced a partnership with Italy's DBT Fibre to accelerate the use of low-impact and traceable fibres for the European fashion and textile market.

Polylana Fiber is the low-impact alternative to 100% acrylic and wool fibre using less energy, water and CO2 during production. It is made from a mix of polyester chips and recycled polyester but has the same characteristics as acrylic. Polylana can be dyed at low temperature, while normal (recycled) polyester cannot. It is also 100% traceable by the Aware integrity system of tracer- and blockchain technology.

The technology uses tracer particles and blockchain to guarantee that the recycled cotton that enters the supply chain is the same that comes out as apparel. 

Federico de Martini, director of DBT Fibre, says: "We believe that our partnership will create a positive impact that results in reducing water, energy, and CO2 by offering Polylana as a low-impact fibre in the fashion and textile industry. Particularly in the long-staple system, we can make a real difference together."

Tatiana Ponce Carmona, brand director of Polylana Fiber, adds: "So far Polylana Fiber was only available in China. With the collaboration of DBT Fibre, knitters in Europe can have easy access to Polylana Fiber and tops."