Cone Denim, the world’s first denim mill to use a special method to truly verify the origin of its fabric, extends its partnership of around four-year with Oritain for traceability. Cone Denim and Oritain use cutting-edge forensic science to detect naturally occurring trace elements and isotopes that are intrinsic properties of the fabric that can be verified back to its source. Through the extended partnership, Cone Denim continues to assure its customers that denim fabric produced by the company is authentic, true to source and in compliance with their cotton sourcing policies.
Cone Denim President Steve Maggard said that at Cone Denim, they have always operated on trust and they value providing their customers with traceability and documented transparency throughout the supply chain. Maggard disclosed: “Extending our partnership with Oritain allows us to continue our ongoing efforts to combine sustainable innovation with documentable, industry-leading traceability for cotton origin.”
Oritain fingerprint on Cone Denim products
The partnership solidifies the use of Oritain’s forensic traceability throughout the entire fashion industry. To achieve the level of traceability that the denim industry is demanding for its consumers, Oritain’s method applies forensic science to detect trace elements and isotopes in the denim itself. Soil composition and other environmental factors give the denim an inherent ‘fingerprint’ unique to the location in which the cotton is sourced, called an Oritain Origin Fingerprint. This Origin Fingerprint cannot be tampered with, replicated, or destroyed and enables Cone Denim to verify the origin of the cotton used in their denim. Denim can be tested at any stage on its journey from farm to shop floor, giving buyers assurance that the product has not been substituted along the way.
CEO of Oritain Grant Cochrane stated that continued industry pressures have caused companies to make a commitment to more sustainable practices and provide full transparency of their supply chains. Saying: “Cone Denim’s commitment to the Oritain program is leading the way in the denim industry and further demonstrates the world-leading mindset that Oritain endeavours to collaborate with,” Cochrane added the following: “Sustainability and innovation have long been part of the fabric at Cone Denim. Now it’s quite literally woven into their denim, too.”
Oritain has been working with a range of international companies since 2008, verifying products and increasing accountability throughout supply chains across the food, fashion, fibre, and pharmaceutical sectors. The forensic science company also partners with Cotton USA and multiple retail brands to independently verify their cotton and raw materials.