TrusTrace, a global SaaS product traceability and compliance provider, is the latest company to announce its participation in the Trace4Value project, in which TrusTrace will pilot a solution for the Digital Product Passport (DPP) to enable sustainability through transparency.
The pilot will be in line with the EU sustainable textiles strategy, which calls for DPPs to be mandatory on textiles sold in Europe by 2030. The goal of the DPP is to encourage sustainable production, enable the transition to a circular economy and help consumers make more sustainable choices.
“Our goal is to effectively test how a DPP can function in practice – and prepare for future implementation,” TrusTrace co-founder and CEO Shameek Ghosh said in a news release. “Working together with dozens of industry leaders, the Trace4Value project will allow us to investigate the opportunities and challenges that the DPP will entail for textile and fashion companies, ultimately helping the entire industry comply with this new directive before 2030.”
The project is partly funded by Vinnova and coordinated by RISE Research Institute of Sweden. The partners working on the DPP project include TrusTrace, Marimekko, Kappahl, Elis, SIS Swedish Institute for Standards, GS1 Sweden, TEXroad Foundation, Circularista, 2bPolicy, Trimco Group, Rudholm and Haak and Aalto University. The broader Trace4Value project covers more than 65 partners, focusing on traceability and data-sharing across various industries.
The Trace4Value DPP will be tested through tagging selected Kappahl and Marimekko pilot products in production with an ID carrier on the products that stores prioritized supply chain and transparency data. Then, through a QR code, product information can be accessed instantly using a mobile device. The DPP will be based on current global standards to ensure interoperability and seamless information sharing with all stakeholders in the value chain.