An inexpensive, full traceability system which will prove the authenticity of organic and other niche cottons could be in the place by the end of 2016, as work continues on a project spearheaded by ICA Bremen.
“More and more consumers want to be sure that the cotton product they have bought complies with their environmental and social expectations,” said Kai Hughes, ICA Bremen manager director. “Several cotton identity programs, such as organic and niche cottons, try to assure the public of this via labeling. But the textile value-added chain is very complex, so this previously could not be accurately done.”
ICA Bremen is working on the project in partnership with UK-based FibreMark Solutions. The organizations have recently conducted laboratory tests to demonstrate that garments can be verified and quantified to confirm their authenticity using a scanner from a hand-held reader or via a scan on a production line.
“Because there is no laboratory testing required, the associated time and cost is avoided, making this an inexpensive solution for the market,” added Hughes.
ICA Bremen – the international center for cotton testing, research and quality training – has proven the concept and is proceeding to full field trials of the technology. If successful – and depending on funding and partners – the product could be available later this year.
Established in 2011, ICA Bremen combines the global reach of the International Cotton Association with the quality expertise of Bremer Baumwollboerse and the Bremen Fibre Institute. Services include laboratory certification, laboratory testing, WCC classing authority, quality arbitration, round trials, cotton grade standards, research and development, cotton classing and testing training, quality expert certification, and consulting.
Source – ICA Bremen