Cotton Trust Protocol adopts
TextileGenesis blockchain for sustainable cotton farming
The U.S. Cotton Trust Protocol, a new sustainability program
for robust farm-level data for cotton metrics, today announced a
partnership with the distributed ledger blockchain
TextileGenesis platform to help track and trace cotton supply
The Trust Protocol recognizes the need for increased
transparency in supply chains as industry regulators peer
further into farming practices and consumers pay more attention
to where their clothing and other textiles come from.
“Today, having a holistic view of every step throughout the
supply chain is imperative for brands and retailers,” said Dr.
Gary Adams, president of the U.S. Cotton Trust Protocol.
By joining TextileGenesis, The Trust Protocol will be adding
an extra layer of traceability to its already existing
sustainability credits – which provides growers, distributors
and retailers with sustainability metrics.
The blockchain will add a transactional network between all
of these separate entities, which is trustworthy and auditable
by third parties and can be verified without revealing sensitive
information. That allows each business to remain separate, but
at the same time have greater visibility into the supply chain
that allows for more sustainable practices than before — in turn
saving money and the environment.
“Collaborating with the U.S. Cotton Trust Protocol, with its
clear focus on robust data and the strength of its verification
practices, creates a powerful solution for brands and retailers
worldwide in their search for more sustainable fibers and
enhanced visibility in their supply chains,” said Amit Gautam,
founder and chief executive of TextileGenesis.
Using the blockchain, TextileGenesis can track tag a bale of
cotton from when it is rolled off a truck from a farm, sent to a
gin, spun into thread, turned into a garment and all the way to
the retailer. Each of these events can be recorded on the
blockchain as a transaction, which can be traced along the
supply chain and audited afterward.
Because of this, TextileGenesis’ platform enhances The Trust
Protocol’s sustainability metrics with an even more interesting
story of what field became which shirts went to what racks at
Nordstrom’s, for example, or which retailer or aftermarket
distributor received the textiles that the cotton became.
The Trust Protocol has partnered with more than 300 brands,
retailers, mills and manufactures since its launch in 2020 and
intends to keep expanding its rolls.
This collaboration will lead to pilot trials with selected
brands and mills in early June 2021. Full deployment is planned
as early as 2022.