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October 22, 2021

Ganesha to secure recycled polyester supply chain with Applied DNA

Ganesha Ecosphere Ltd is to deploy Applied DNA Sciences' traceability system to tag an initial pilot production of recycled polyester (rPET) at its facilities in India and conduct confirmatory samples testing at Applied DNA’s laboratories in India and the US.

By Beth Wright

Ganesha, which is said to be the largest rPET fibre producer in India, has inked a mutual collaboration agreement with Applied DNA to implement its CertainT platform.

The collaboration between the two companies will provide brands and textile manufacturers with a trusted solution to support their sustainability goals for rPET and confirm raw material authenticity at all stages of the textile value chain, Applied DNA says.

The agreement enables Ganesha to introduce and apply CertainT-verified rPET to provide assurance for the raw material with textile and apparel customers. Ganesha will also employ Applied DNA’s recently introduced SigNature T-100 tracer system that enables rPET source material to be quantified in polyester blends by the CertainT platform. SigNature T-100 is a proprietary molecular-based tracer system used to identify, analyse, and verify rPET, polypropylene, acrylic, and potentially other man-made materials for claims of both identification and quantification of the raw material tagged and subsequently spun into yarn for various textile products.

“Traceability has now added more authenticity and credibility to the entire textile supply chain and is becoming an integral part of the recycling process. With Applied DNA and CertainT, our customers can now trust in the original tagged synthetic fibre and verify product-related sustainability claims,” says BP Sultania, joint president of Ganesha Ecosphere Ltd.

Since entering the rPET business in 1994, Applied DNA says Ganesha has pioneered the manufacturing of rPET fibre and rPET yarn from post-consumer PET bottle scrap under the leadership and vision of chairman Shri Shyam Sunder Sharmma. The company is the largest producer of rPET fibre, spun yarn, and dyed filament with a cumulative capacity of 118,800 metric tonnes per annum in India, it adds.

Ganesha’s rPET products are components in the manufacture of textiles, such as T-shirts, body warmers, functional textiles such as non-woven air filter fabric, geotextiles, carpets, and car upholstery, and fillings for pillows, duvets, and toys.

“CertainT provides brands and manufacturers with a real strategic advantage that is truly sustainable, traceable and trusted. Our India and Asia-based support teams for recycled PET and other polymers facilitate CertainT’s commercial scale-up and integration into customers’ supply chain,” says Dr James Hayward, president and CEO of Applied DNA Sciences.

Earlier this year, Applied DNA partnered with American & Efird to launch a technology that can authenticate sewing threads.

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