Carrefour expands blockchain traceability to textile products

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Carrefour will expand the consumption of blockchain technology to trace textile items. The supermarket chain is a member of IBM Meals Trust since 2018 and has a group of exclusive branded food products applied on the network. 

The expansion to textile is definitely the first non-food product trialed for blockchain traceability by Carrefour, but use the same technology. 

Initially, the textile growth will trace 450 goods in France and Spain from Carrefour’s TEX type of bed linens and baby bodysuits. TEX is normally Carrefour’s unique textile brand. The business created an extension known as Tex BIO that generates residence textiles and baby apparel from 100% qualified organic cotton. The goal is to implement blockchain across all Tex BIO goods’ supply chains. 

Consumers can access data on the product by scanning a good QR code with their cell phones. The information obtainable through the code incorporates place and day of development, the product’s composition, approach to cotton cultivation, and environment-related certificates.

The initiative is in line with Carrefour’s commitment to presenting 100% of natural raw materials in its exclusive brand products to be sustainable and traceable by 2030, and with Carrefour’s organic and natural commitments where 50% of cotton textiles should be sourced organically by 2025. 

Moreover, last week Carrefour Brazil introduced a line of citric fruits traced about the blockchain. The citrus are portion of Carrefour’s Sabor e Qualidade line, that includes a seal vouching for “tastes, quality, authenticity, fair cost and sustainability”. The initial product of the line to come to be traced on blockchain was pork, launched in 2019, and Carrefour aims to really have the whole type of branded goods implemented on IBM’s platform by the finish of the year. The process for consumers’ to gain access to relevant information is the same: scan the QR code on the product packaging.

Carrefour organization is implementing the technology in its exclusive makes to improve its Act for Meals global system, which aims to create healthy and sustainable foodstuff accessible to everyone. The partnerships with IBM Food Trust and other blockchain solutions implemented by the business enable consumers to have easy access to details relating to sustainability and ethical creation and promote well-informed usage. In addition, considering its scope across 30 countries, Carrefour can further influence a change towards traceability demanded across all client goods industries. 

Meanwhile, consumers are increasingly demanding to know more about the textiles they buy, especially in apparel. For example, a pair of jeans uses up to 8,000 liters of drinking water to produce. In holland, the Denim Package is employing the Aware blockchain choice to trace recycled material used in denims. And in Germany, workwear firm KAYA&KATO provides partnered with IBM for blockchain traceability.