SINGAPORE – Säntis Textiles, a textile sourcing and supply company headquartered in Singapore, is partnering with textile traceability business FibreTrace to develop a unique traceable ID for its RCO100 recycled cotton range.
In 2021, through its ongoing partnership with fashion brands such as Tommy Hilfiger (pictured), Calvin Klein Jeans and Lacoste, Säntis recycled 100,000 tons of pre-and-post-consumer cotton waste.
FibreTrace’s technology embeds luminescent pigments on textle fibres at the raw source or spinning mill. The pigment bonds and is indestructible throughout the entire textile processing cycle. The pigments can be read and tracked at every stage of the supply chain through the use of a handheld hardware device which scans and reads the brand’s individual signature created in the luminescent pigment.
The tie up between the two companies comes as brands and retailers come under greater scrutiny to track and verify the fibres in their supply chains.
“With an increased appetite from brands around the globe wanting to adopt more circular approaches, we are keen to support ongoing steps towards enhancing the longevity of the industry,” said Annabelle Hutter, creative director at Säntis Textiles. “A core part of our growth strategy is developing fibre tracing technology for our one-of-a-kind recycling technology, so we’re delighted to be working with FibreTrace, a leader in this field, to help to develop this. This project, alongside many others, will help shape the future of textile circular solutions.”
“Through its partnership with FibreTrace, Säntis Textiles has taken a bold first step towards full transparency throughout its entire production process, from recycled feedstock to the final garment for its pioneering RCO100 products,” added Crispin Argento, chief operating officer at FibreTrace. “Using the power of the FibreTrace digital and physical transparency solution, Säntis will refine the future of circularity in textiles.”
RCO100 technology uses both pre-consumer industrial waste and post-consumer cotton garment waste to produce 100 per cent recycled cotton yarns without the use of chemical processes or regenerated fibres.