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Applied DNA Sciences to Tag Pelts to Improve Leather Supply Chain Transparency

Photo: Courtesy of Applied DNA Sciences
Photo: Courtesy of Applied DNA Sciences

Applied DNA Sciences and BLC Leather Technology Centre are working together to improve leather supply chain transparency.

The DNA-based supply chain technology provider signed an agreement with BLC to use SigNature T DNA to mark animal pelts for supply chain security.

Designated manufacturers will be able to DNA-tag the pelts they will turn into leather for finished products in an effort to curb unethically sourced animal pelts and prevent animal cruelty in the greater leather supply chain.

“The ability to have a truly secure supply chain for the leather industry using Applied DNA SigNature
DNA would provide full traceability and the opportunity for real environmental sustainability dealing with animal welfare and supply chain risk management, which are key issues currently facing brand owners,” BLC technical director Victoria Addy, said. “We are delighted to be the pioneers to help make this available to our customers.”

Applied DNA Sciences and BLC will collaborate over the next six months to complete feasibility testing and advocate for better transparency among leather industry stakeholders. Applied DNA’s past work with cotton, wool and synthetic textiles sets the standard for marked animal pelts and leather.

“We will continue the expansion of our DNA applications in secure supply chains,” Applied DNA CEO Dr. James Hayward, said. “DNA can be the molecular embodiment of brand, but we can also ensure claims that are essential to the modern consumer, such as organic and sustainable environmental practices, as well as ethical sourcing.”