How To Prove Where Your Products Come From And Why This Is Important

Oritain Wednesday, 1 September 2021

In this 20 minute lesson from fibre science company Oritain, learn from various members of the Oritain team about how to prove where your products come from, and why this is important in fighting counterfeiting, greenwashed marketing claims and ethical production issues.

This is part one of a two part lesson from Oritain; part two looks at the actual science behind how they use traceability methods to provide data.

In this lesson you will learn:

  • About Oritain and the company ethos
  • How forensic science can be used to verify the origin of a product or material
  • How Oritain's sampling, testing and auditing process works
  • Current systems for traceability and their shortcomings
  • Reasons why product and material tampering occurs
  • The future of traceability

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