Our company TrotusTex based in Romania is one of the partners of TRICK, a project that is part of the European Horizon 2020 program and which aims to provide SMEs in the textile sector with a complete, reliable, affordable and standardized digital platform. that can foster a sustainable and circular approach.

Important premises

The textile and clothing sector has an important impact on the climate with the emission of approximately 1.7 million tons / year of CO2 and substances potentially harmful to health. To this can be added the large waste of water and the tons of waste produced every year due to a huge waste of clothes that could still be worn. Then if we look at social sustainability, in non-EU countries we find, for example, that 87% of the workforce (male and female) is underpaid and works in precarious conditions.

These premises must serve as a lever for a radical change in our sector, because in the face of these alarming news there are many others that instead bode well for a more sustainable future of textiles: for example, 66% of consumers are willing to pay more for products or services of companies committed to sustainability (Nielsen, 2015) and among these many are young people; another example are the many companies that are studying solutions and products that can reduce the environmental impact or starting social sustainability projects.

It is precisely in this framework that the TRICK project fits “Product data TRaceability Information management by bloCKchains interoperability and open circular service marketplace”.

Traceability and transparency

One of the biggest problems for the textile industry is the length and complexity of the supply chain, which goes from yarn to fabric production, from accessories to packaging, up to the distribution of the finished garment. Having control of all these steps and the large number of suppliers, often located all over the world, is a truly complex undertaking for the entrepreneur who wants to address the issue of sustainability in his own company.

The TRICK project, through the blockchain tool, has the ambitious goal of making this supply chain traceable and transparent. This goal will be useful to be faster and more efficient in responding to market demands and to guarantee the consumer the quality and safety of products and processes.

12 countries represented, 28 partners involved among organizations, associations and companies under the coordination of Lanificio Fratelli Piacenza Spa and with SMI (Sistema Moda Italia) in the institutional role of guarantor. IBM, Israel, Enea (Agenzia Nazionale per leNuove Tecnologie), CNR (Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche), Holonix, Politecnico di Milano e ADM (Agenzia delle Dogane e dei Monopoli), just to name a few. And with the participation of ETP (Piattaforma Tecnologica Europea del Tessile/Abbigliamento).

Within this complex project, which is expected to last 42 months, TrotusTex will be involved as a pilot case for technical clothing and workwear. Sector certainly very attentive to sustainability, but which at the same time represents a great challenge in this sense because the garments are very complex and often have to guarantee very high safety and protection performances.

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