Germany-based ICA Bremen is developing a full traceability system for cotton. The cotton testing laboratory reports it has made progress in accurately measuring the percentage of marked cotton — cotton that had an identifier added during the ginning stage — in final garments with a simple scanning step. ICA Bremen’s goal is to quantify results with a percentage, versus providing a yes or no answer. The technology is ready to undergo field trials after completing testing in the laboratory.
“Our traceability system will be a massive step forward for major brands, retailers and growers, replacing the current tagging system and cutting out the need for supply chain certification services,” said Kai Hughes, managing director, ICA Bremen.