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06.03.19 – Albini Group

A new standard in ethical fashion

For the Albini Group is being sustainable not a slogan, it’s a reality!

Albini Group, Supima and Oritain have announced a partnership that will set a new standard for ethical fashion through the first 100 percent traceable Supima cotton. These textile industry leaders have partnered with scientific traceability company, Oritain, to embark on a pioneering path aimed at truly sustainable fashion with proven provenance.

The partnership demonstrates the value of transparency and innovation throughout the supply chain, from field to fibre and garment. The goal is a more sustainable and transparent fashion industry worldwide. Helping consumers understand the relationship between the clothes they wear and the path and the principles behind how they were made is vital to encouraging change.

Albini Group, a leader in premium Italian textiles

Albini Group, a leader in premium Italian textiles, is a key partner in the project driving ever higher levels of innovation and helping establish transparency as a prerequisite within supply chains.

Using only Supima cotton, that is woven and dyed by Albini, the final consumer will have complete confidence in the product with the knowledge that the fabric is completely traceable back to the origin of the fiber. Not only delivering on field to shop traceability, the project will also provide confidence in quality, ethical and responsible production. All this is possible thanks to a highly innovative scientific method.

Using forensic science, Oritain analyse the naturally-occurring chemical properties of the actual fibre itself, creating a unique chemical fingerprint for the product that links it back to the field in which it was grown – which cannot be altered, copied or adulterated. Oritain can test the product at every stage of the supply chain to verify that the fabric is consistent with the original fingerprint and has not been substituted, blended or tampered with.

Only an exact match shows that the product is authentic. Thanks to this procedure, each step is traceable and it is therefore possible to go back, from the finished fabric, precisely to the field in which the cotton was grown.

Stefano Albini, President of the Albini Group

“We are proud to be the ‘orchestra conductors’ of this revolutionary project and to have brought it on a global scale.We have chosen to collaborate with the most authoritative scientific partner to analyse one of the most beautiful raw materials in the world.”

Marc Lewkowitz, President and C.E.O. of Supima

“Authenticity underlies every fiber of Supima cotton from the very beginning. This new milestone in our organization’s history along with our partners enables the group to implement complete supply chain verification that can match the identity of the cotton to the inherent natural identifiers that the cotton picks up while it is growing. Just like you and I have unique fingerprints, so does cotton. We are extremely proud to be partnered on this project with the best possible partners in Albini Group and Oritain. Traceability and sustainability has now moved from aspirational to doable.”

Rupert Hodges, Executive Director of Oritain (UK)

“Traceability has been a buzz word in fashion for some time, but the industry has not until now found a way to truly meet its ambitions. Now through this partnership we can help Supima and Albini Group substantiate their stated commitments to sustainable, ethical practices by verifying that their cotton comes from a sustainable farm with higher working standards. The commitment by these industry leaders to working with Oritain demonstrates the value scientific traceability provides to companies with complex global supply chains. We are very excited to expand on this initial project with our partners and help establish a new industry standard for traceability within the apparel sector.”

This commitment is already an integral part of the Albini Group DNA, which for more than ten years has been managing and controlling all the production process phases in its plants, from seed to fabric, guaranteeing the complete traceability. Today this traceability goes further, achieving a level never reached before.

For the Albini Group, being sustainable is not a slogan; it’s a reality translated every day into concrete actions, such as the use of reduced quantities of water, the limited use of chemicals, the utmost attention to energy saving and the use of renewable sources.