A label story
Traceability in the fashion system has been addressed by numerous researches and innovation systems due to the evident need for global solutions –TCBL member projects on this topic include Etichetta Parlante (a traceable label), the program Thela by Cleviria to trace the supply chain, and Circular Fashion, a consultancy.
Gaps and points of improvement
One of the critical points, according to this recent publication of University of Borås, is that currently used traceability tools as QR codes and RFID chips are easy to copy. The university’s researchers set up and tested a secure technology to avoid falsification.
The status quo
Another critical point is that there are too many different certifications so it’s a challenge to know and recognize them all. Find here a detailed guide on certifications by sustainable fashion journalist Alden Wicker. These certifications doesn’t use harmonised criteria: some consider only environmental sustainability, others focus on fair trade and worker condition, making it difficult to compare products.
Based on an independent audit, German consumer product testing organisation Stiftung Warentest, declared that the Global Organic Textile Standard ranked best in the test “Traceability of Clothing with Textile Seals”. GOTS is a non-profit organisation developed by leading international standard setters in the USA, Germany and the UK that includes both environmental and social standards.
A colossal solution
Vogue Business reports that H&M, Target and PVH Corp will announce a partnership this month with Microsoft, Waste Management and other fashion organisations to establish a global standard for sharing information about fashion products. The Circular ID, just like food labels, will provide details on recycling and also the information from traditional garment tags like brand, price, dye process. According to the project coordinator, Natashta Franck this system will help also the everyone in the supply chain to reason in the terms of circular economy.