Traceability to ensure safety and sustainability in textiles

The traceability of the textile supply chain guarantees high standards of quality, safety and sustainability throughout the entire production, from the yarn to the finished fabric. The increasing attention of consumers to the reliability of the purchased products also pushes more and more companies to make transparent every stage of the business, protecting the health of workers and customers and promoting the Made in Italy.

The companies participating in the campaign Detox Greenpeace also carry out a further commitment to its consumers: transparency on the use of any chemicals.

The control of chemicals for the traceability of the textile sector

The companies that adhere to the Detox commitment have adopted the so-called MRSL (Manufacturing Restricted Substances List) which contains the list of chemicals subject to restrictions.

One of the Detox goals, in fact, is to monitor and control at the source, along the entire supply chain, harmful chemicals, in order to reduce them as much as possible, until their elimination.

Controls, transparency, and publication of data

To ensure an approach of transparency on the entire textile chain, the companies belonging to the Detox Consortium are called to comply with a set of defined criteria, which can be summarized as follows::

    the purchase of safe raw materials;
    traceability of products and processes; evaluation of the use of chemicals;
    identification and management of the risks present in its production cycle;
    wastewater management and control;
    transparency and publication of data

  • gestione e controllo delle acque di scarico;
  • trasparenza e pubblicazione dei dati

Traceability from the raw material to the finished product

In particular, as regards the traceability of the raw materials used, it is important that each company develops a system of traceability of the products purchased, to reconstruct the entire history. In this way, whatever the raw material used, it is possible to trace its origin, the suppliers involved and the production processes suffered.

The same traceability process must also be guaranteed in the use of chemicals, starting from the identification of the supplier and the production batch. The entire production phase must also be traced, so as to have always under control the work phases (such as dyeing, printing, and finishing) in which the chemicals were used.