What exactly is Blockchain?
In simple terms, it is a system of recording information in a way that makes it pretty much impossible to change or hack. It is a series of physical and digital ledgers that record transactions that are duplicated and distributed across a network of computer systems in the supply chain, all connected to the blockchain. The connectivity gives the assurance that no single step can be altered. This provides trustworthy and verifiable records making it an excellent tool for transparency, traceability and to identify and measure the environmental impact of your production run.
For that reason, Waste2Wear developed its own blockchain system which earned the prestigious 2021 World Sustainability Award in the sustainable supply chain category for this technology. We only work with Global Recycling Standard (GRS) certified, high-quality partners to ensure compliance with all relevant environmental and labor condition standards.
The Waste2Wear Blockchain records the journey from plastic waste, step-by-step in smart contracts with unique coding, right through to finished textile products. Each step in the value chain has a unique code that is shown via a QR code on all finished products. This traceable record secures the compliance of the materials throughout the manufacturing process.
Our technology can be applied to any industry, not just textiles and not just our customers. With facility inspections, certification verification and training, we can provide blockchain to any company wishing to have a fully transparent supply chain.
Understand How It Works
The Waste2Wear blockchain provides a direct, credible connection between a recycled product and its positive environmental impact. It combines digital records with physical proofs and inspections in order to secure the compliance and transparency of the whole supply chain.
It provides full traceability through each of the stakeholders within our supply chain and also the individual calculations within every step. It is not just a digital version of a paper trail; it actually connects physical elements with the digital trail.
Smart contracts are executed through physical smart seals, which are locks and keys with QR codes, breakable/tamper-proof stickers that are applied to boxes along with barcodes to measure quantities, weights, locations, photos and times at various locations on specific days. Each smart seal is a non-duplicable key developed by Waste2Wear to access and execute a blockchain smart contract. Each seal is made of aluminum, laser engraved with a QR code, a unique number and seven different safety components. The QR code on every product has a blockchain landing page that shows photos of each step in the supply chain along with its corresponding smart contract number. Each smart contract is unique for each production run and each step of the production.
What do you get with Waste2Wear Blockchain?
- Transparency of the supply-chain verified with photos and unique contract numbers.
- Source and journey of the recycled materials: from waste to product.
- Ability to measure your environmental impact by providing details of energy, water and CO2 savings per production
- Assurance that the entire supply chain is certificated by Global Recycling Standard (GRS).
- Powerful story-telling giving direct and credible information about the journey from plastic bottles to new, recycled products.
- Guarantee that what you buy is really RPET/RPP verified by the award-winning RPET RA-3 recycling assurance testing method in conjunction with Wessling laboratories.
Environmental Impact Report
Every Waste2Wear production run comes with an Environmental Impact Report (EIR)
that provides exact details of how sustainable it is.
We have proven that our method of producing polyester from recycled plastic bottles
is far kinder to the environment than creating new (or virgin) polyester.
The facts speak for themselves, we prevent millions of bottles from ending up in landfills or our oceans,
carbon emissions are greatly reduced and we use significantly less water and
electricity than those creating regular polyester.
Each EIR provides specific detailed calculations about:
- How many bottles were used to produce each specific item.
- How much energy, water and CO2 was saved in each production run.
- How many bottles were saved in each production run.
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