You’ve heard of circular fashion goals, but what about circular sustainability data gathering and messaging? Trimco Group—best known for its high-design apparel tags, care labels, packaging, store deco and trims—recently created a supply chain transparency and traceability platform to help fashion companies monitor, measure and record their own sustainability and that of suppliers. Once armed with the most current data, brands and retailers can then utilize Trimco’s extensive suite of products to message that information to their own customers via QR codes, labeling and packaging.
The need for due diligence along the supply chain is more urgent than ever, driven by a series of social and environmental regulations across the globe where brands are required to act. The New York Fashion Act, the German Supply Chain Act, the UK Modern Slavery Act, the Norwegian Transparency Act and the EU strategy for sustainable and circular textiles propelled Trimco to develop its Product DNA® platform, a useful tool for fashion/apparel, childrenswear, home textiles and footwear.
“Trimco Group is a link in the supply chain that innovates and takes the initiative and action connected to what is happening in the industry, finding solutions as they arise,” said Camilla Mjelde, Care and Content Compliance and Sustainability Director at Trimco Group. “Product DNA® helps brands answer these regulations, facilitating a task otherwise hard to manage and measure their sustainability strategy.”
The Product DNA® concept is three-tiered: a Certificate Manager module (brands gather social and environmental scope and transaction certificates from their supply chain, monitoring their compliance globally or at the product level), a Track&Trace Module (brands tailor their account to measure and report on the sustainability marks they want, including weight-based claims according to the new EU strategy for sustainable and circular textiles and shoes), and on-product communication using QR Codes.
As it is cloud-based, suppliers from around the globe all have access to enter certifications and updates, making information easier to compile. “Brands often complain of how hard it is to access information beyond tier 1 (garment factories) all the way to tier 4 (raw material suppliers), not to mention how time-consuming it can be to enter all that data, and this system offers a solution,” Mjelde said.
Product DNA® is an added value service Trimco offers to its clients already using their care labels and highly designed sustainable trims. “The data from labels and trims is so valuable and can be put to further good use, providing brands more insights into their sustainability efforts,” said Mjelde. “So, we are gathering data already flowing for the production of our trims and use it to report on the sustainability/non-sustainability of the garments put into the market.”
Brands such as ASICS and DK Company are utilizing Trimco’s Product DNA® platform to monitor their supply chain social and environmental compliance.
“Being able to improve our sustainability performance and supply chain traceability became much easier with the solution provided by our trusted partners at Trimco Group,” said Laurens Norde, senior materials production specialist at ASICS EMEA. “Dealing with several factories globally and actively focusing on sustainability surfaced the need for more transparency across our supply chain. So far, we are very pleased with the tool, and we were just as pleased to hear that Product DNA® was just as flexible as the rest of their solutions.”
Flexibility, in fact, is a hallmark of the platform, allowing users to customize as needed, putting clients in the driver’s seat. The customizable dashboard enables brands to easily monitor sustainable and ESG efforts, pull real-time comparison reports by material, season, collection, product category, regions, and drill down further for deeper analysis.
Such interactivity, which involves all internal stakeholders such as buyers, sourcing or compliance and sustainability teams, is the hallmark of the platform. It’s also the basis of Trimco Group’s tagline, “Together, We Act,” a living mantra that guides company teams around the world. Beyond internally focused benefits that let a company monitor existing suppliers or discover better-suited ones, the platform has extensive outward-facing benefits, providing information required for external parties such as auditors, shareholders, public authorities and the general public.
“Brands can choose to share whatever information they want by using it in their ESG reports or creating specific communication that includes information triggered by the platform,” said Mjelde, noting that this is a way for Trimco to support brands by turning what can be an exhausting task into fast and real-time available information. “That is why, with the help of QR codes, we give brands the opportunity to include this communication path again on their trims, packaging or store deco. The possibilities are endless.”
Trimco Group is the joined forces of 3 companies—A-TEX, CLOTEX and LABELON. To learn more about its Product DNA® platform or trims, click here.