Usha will become a nominated spinner of the Aware Integrity Solution in India

Usha will become a nominated spinner of the Aware Integrity Solution in India

Usha Yarns, one of India's largest producers of recycled knitting yarns, has entered into a strategic partnership with Dutch fibre solutions firm The Movement to verify a fully traceable recycled cotton yarn.

Founded in 1995, Usha Yarns today manufactures more than 12,000 metric tonnes of recycled yarns annually. 

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 Usha become a nominated spinner of the firm's Aware Integrity Solution in India.

Usha says the partnership will help the company reach its sustainability goals of utilising 100% waste inputs.

"As the global demand for sustainable textiles is growing, we needed a traceability solution to verify the claim of recycled content in the textile value chain," says Anurag Gupta, CEO Of Usha Yarns. "The advent of Aware tracer technology offers a breakthrough value to our buyers (brands) by offering traceability and mapping material movement in the supply chain. It also assures the differentiation of our yarns from counterfeit yarns."

Feico van der Veen, founder of The Movement, adds: "To be able to partner with one of the leading recycled cotton spinning mills in the world, enables the textile industry to make a shift to high quality recycled cotton yarn, embedded with the Aware tracer and blockchain technology and create a huge impact by saving more than 9,000 litres of water per kilo."

The company already has licensed spinners in Europe and Asia, including Bangladesh fibre company Simco Spinning & Textile. It also recently partnered with Giotex, which claims to be the largest certified recycler of textile waste-to-yarn in North and South America.

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.