Synthetic yarn manufacturer Fulgar is adding a traceability tool to its sustainable Q-Nova technology that will allow verification of the authenticity of the yarn's recycled origins. 

Q-Nova is an eco-friendly fibre obtained exclusively from regenerated raw materials using a mechanical rather than chemical process. The yarn holds a series of green certifications, including the Global Recycled Standard and Ecolabel EU. It is also now entered on the Higg Index.

Now, Fulgar has developed a technological upgrade that will make Q-Nova traceable.

An ingredient in the polyamide, the traceability system called ID (Identity) developed by Fulgar, makes it possible to verify the authenticity of the yarn's recycled origins.

The ID system now means it is possible for third-party organisations like consumer associations and government ministries to carry out investigations when needing to verify a product's authenticity.

Meanwhile, a further evolution of ID is currently being developed, with the firm stating "in a few years" a special scanner and garment labelling system will enable consumers to identify the yarn's eco origins directly at the sales point.

"We're proud to make a contribution to research in a field that's so important to all of us – traceability", says Alan Garosi, marketing manager of Fulgar. "Consumers are faced with frequent declarations attesting to the provenance and origins of textile fibres, but they are hard to verify. Now it will be possible to put our ideas into practice. Our ID system shows that traceability is a serious matter and means the entire supply chain must take on the responsibility."