What is blockchain technology?
Blockchain technology allows companies to trace all factors of a product’s supply chain. Known as ‘transparency evidence’, the UNECE blockchain platform provides documentary proof of the production practices involved through certifications and standards. The platform also requires the authorisation of the respective standard-setting bodies (i.e. OEKO-TEX®, Better Cotton Initiative) to validate these certifications and standards, avoiding fraud and false information.
The Stella McCartney × UNECE pilot has explored the use of innovative technologies – like satellite imagery and environmental DNA – to substantiate the supplier’s sustainability credentials, including no tillage, crop rotation, biodiversity monitoring and carbon capture rate measuring methods.
What were the findings from the SÖKTAS pilot?
Our blockchain pilot with SÖKTAS aimed to prove that the Snog-a-Log Regenerative Cotton T-Shirt has been produced using regenerative cotton, which:
- Supports biodiversity preservation
- Increases ecosystem resilience
- Promotes and utilises the safe use of chemicals in compliance with STANDARD 100 by OEKO-TEX® and the ZDHC programme.
The initial findings and carbon sequestration measurements from our SÖKTAS pilot showed that SÖKTAS agricultural practices and its regenerative cotton had an average carbon capture of 18.94 tonnes co2 (eq)/ha/year placed in the top 45cm of the soil profile.
These results indicate the potential to improve access to trustworthy information on compliance with regulatory requirements for ESG standards throughout the product’s value chain. We believe it can also increase purchasers’ trust in brands’ sustainability claims.