Viscose producer Asia Pacific Rayon (APR) has launched an update to its ‘Follow Our Fibre’ – a blockchain-based tool that provides real-time information on the source of raw materials in their garments and the origination of the fibre.
The tool initially launched in May 2019 will now include detailed information of the suppliers’ conservation and biodiversity efforts, taking information transparency and richness to a new level.
It will now map its supply chain down to the forest plantation concessions and conservation areas.
The tool reflects the company’s long-term goal of sustainable pulp sourcing and responsible manufacturing. It also acts a tool to help the customers and stakeholders trace the finished product back to its origin and monitor the environmental performance of APR’s supply chain.
“It is vital that we work with our supply partners to protect and strengthen forest landscape conservation areas and endangered species for today and future generations. These efforts are part of APR’s commitment to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UNSDGs) 13 on Climate Action, and 15 on Life on Land,” said Cherie Tan, Vice President of Sustainability and Communications.
The textile fibre producer’s suppliers together are responsible for the conversation of more than 3.12 million hectares of forests around the world, including boreal and peat swamp forests.
These forests include rich biodiversity of elusive Sumatran Tiger and Canadian Boreal Caribou, and provide ecosystem services, including 22 rivers and tributaries totalling over 900 km.