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Jean testing: ethical cotton

09 February 2017


Scientists are using genetic barcodes to introduce more traceability to the cotton used in clothing.

Traceability of yarn in clothing is a growing consumer trend. Consumers want to know that the fibre in their clothing has been produced and processed in an ethical way (for example, labour type and chemicals).

This new system for tracing the source of cotton allows consumers to scan a garment label code and be 100% certain that the cotton has been produced ethically.  

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Indicators of progression for discussion starters:

Component Indicator Level
Characteristics of technological outcomes Use this and other examples to discuss the implications of viewing fitness for purpose in its broadest sense on the manufacture of technological outcomes 8
Technological products Use this and other examples to discuss examples of material evaluation procedures undertaken to support material selection decisions and justify the appropriateness of these procedures 7

Keywords: cotton, textiles, sustainable, construction and mechanical, characteristics of technological outcomes, technological products

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