The BLC Leather Technology Centre has signed a research agreement with Applied DNA Sciences, a provider of DNA-based product authentication solutions, to develop a comprehensive and verifiable leather traceability platform.
It will be based on Applied DNA’s SigNature T-based system, which is already used in the cotton, wool and synthetic textiles industries.
The research project will demonstrate the platform across the entire leather supply chain, from farm to finished product. It will be carried out over the next nine months.
The partners have announced that five global brands, including Clarks and Puma, have signed up to sponsor the project.
“The ability to have a truly secure supply chain for the leather industry using Applied DNA platforms would provide full traceability and the opportunity for real environmental sustainability dealing with animal welfare and supply chain risk management, which are key issues currently facing brand owners,” said Dr Victoria Addy, technical director of BLC.