The idea of being able to trace the cotton in a garment to its geographic source with a simple test is seductive and possible in theory. But making it a reality requires overcoming some big challenges.
New policies on both sides of the Atlantic mean businesses will likely have to prove their supply chains do not pass through the Chinese region, where the reported detention of Uighurs in forced labour camps is rife.
At least 570,000 Uighur Muslims are being forced to work in Chinese cotton fields that produce one-fifth of the world’s supply, a new report says. Most fashion brands can’t promise their products aren’t implicated, with concern spreading from fast-fashion and sportswear giants to major luxury groups.