Trust and transparency are some of the key enablers of circular economy.
However today because of a lack of traceability of the raw materials used in production the recycling of products is nearly impossible or not economically feasible. That hinders opportunities for the circular shift.
Take the European carpet industry where only 1-3% of the end product is recycled due to a lack of transparency and knowledge of the raw materials. Just that amounts to 1.6 million tonnes of carpet waste.
Traceability of materials will provide the transparency needed in the supply chain to create opportunities for economically feasible use of recyclate.
In this #DigitallyCircular we heard 5 exciting speeches about different aspects of traceability.
- Emilia Koski, Head of Corporate Responsibility @Tokmanni – traceability in the garment supply chain
- Shahriare Mahmood, Director of Sustainability @Spinnova – traceability in the supply chain for cellulose-based materials in the textile industry
- Matti Järveläinen, CEO @Collo Oy – real-time transparency of industrial liquid processes
- Kaisa Vehmas, Senior Scientist @VTT – Smart Tags for Improving Consumer in Food Value Chain
- Tomasz Szuba, CEO @Venturis HoReCa – tracking the food/waste streams in restaurants in order to optimize the usage of food and prevent loss
You can also check out all of the presentation slides here. Our next event in February will be dedicated to Sustainable Smart Cities! Subscribe to our Digitally Circular newsletter to stay in the know: newsletter.