Candiani Denim can add another “first” to its roster of sustainable achievements.
The Italian mill and founder of innovations such as Coreva technology became the first company to be certified for the new Regenagri Chain of Custody standard. Established in August, the certification aims to ensure the integrity of regenerative-certified materials from farms to finished products.
The requirements for the Chain of Custody standard address traceability, identification, and segregation—for example, verifying that certified materials are not contaminated with non-certified materials.
“We believe in a future where regeneratively grown cotton is the industry standard,” said Alberto Candiani, Candiani global manager. “We are happy to be the first to partner with Regenagri to support this transition and consider them to be the best positioned to advance the widespread adoption and comprehensive verification of regenerative practices.”
A key benefit of the Regenagri Chain of Custody certification is that it also allows organizations to report on their progress towards their environmental goals—something of increasing importance to businesses globally. Companies can be assured of the regenerative practices happening on their supplier farms and then make claims in their marketing material that reinforce their progress towards net zero and other pledges, Regenagri stated.
Control Union, an independent certification and inspection body that helps businesses define, measure and achieve their sustainability goals, launched Regenagri in June 2020. The initiative is designed to be an international regenerative agriculture program for securing the health of the land and the wealth of those who live on it.
Regenagri supports farms and organizations transitioning to holistic farming, increasing soil health, encouraging biodiversity, reducing greenhouse gas emissions, and sequestering CO2. Rather than taking a pass/fail approach, the program works with farms on a continuous improvement basis focusing on positive outcomes rather than set KPIs. Regenagri also provides farmers with routes to additional funds through carbon credit markets and environmental subsidies.
“The launch of this new Chain of Custody standard from Regenagri is a key part of our role in supporting food and fiber supply chains to transition to regenerative farming,” said Franco Costantini, Control Union managing director. “We are proud to have hit this significant milestone with Candiani, as it represents the progress the textile and apparel industries are making towards more environmentally friendly practices.”
Control Union reports that more companies are in the process of adopting the standard.
Last April, Regenagri kicked off Homegrown/Homespun, an initiative turning unused land in the U.K. into a field of flax and woad. The linen spun and woven from the flax, and the natural indigo dye derived from the woad—an ancient source of blue dye—will be used to produce denim jeans. The fabric was presented at the British Textile Biennial in October.