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Press Release: Launching Cotton iD, a proprietary system for clarifying the traceability of organic cotton

Article - October 17, 2023

From field to yarn; Partnership with Nahar Spinning Mills Limited and Yagi’s group company Yamaya Orimono to achieve reliable traceability.

Tokyo, Japan, Yagi & Co., Ltd. (https://yamayaorimono.co.jp/) announces that they have made and started operating a proprietary system for consistent traceability management, from field to yarn, via a proprietary management system that links the international certifications for the organic cotton produced in India that we handle.

Complexity of organic cotton certification

There are several international certifications and standards for organic cotton. These begins with Ginning, the process of separating the seed and cotton from the harvested cotton ball and cotton to ensure traceability for yarn, fabrics, and the final product. However, for processes prior to that stage, the certification standard for organic agricultural products is applied to cotton balls and the field.

Existence of these two different certifications makes it difficult to achieve consistent traceability management for organic cotton (products). In the past, there were cases of large-scale fraud came to light related to organic cotton in India, the world’s largest producer country of organic cotton.



Traceability aimed for by Cotton iD

We made and started operating a proprietary management system that links the two international certifications for the organic cotton produced in India that we handle. This system enables consistent traceability management from the cotton field to thread. Through this system, we can achieve incredibly transparent traceability for 85% or more of the organic cotton that we handle, from cotton field to thread. We started distribution of products with our brand “Unito Organic” which covers yarn, textile & garment. We can provide certifications of this management to customers purchasing applicable organic cotton from our Company.

Organic Cotton and Us

We are GOTS (Global Organic Textile Standard) member since 2006 and one of Japan’s top companies in terms of the volume of internationally certified organic cotton handled. In particular, in regard to organic cotton from India, as board members of the PBP Cotton Foundation, we participate in activities to support the conversion to organic farming for cotton farmers in India, continue to provide school support for the children of farmers, and have worked to established sustainable frameworks for the production and sales of organic cotton.

We have group company “Tsubame Towel” (https://tsubame-towel.com/) which produces largest organic cotton towel in Japan. We also have Yamaya Orimono Co., Ltd., (https://yamayaorimono.co.jp/) - specialist in yarn processing which is also GOTS-certified. Organic cotton is an extremely important part of our Group.

Contacts

Masaru Utsunomiya / Nobuo Takemoto
Sales Dept. Section 211 | Yagi & Co., Ltd. (2-2-8 Kyutaromachi, Chuo-ku, Osaka 540-8660 Japan) utsunomiyam@yaginet.jp / takemoton@yaginet.jp | +81-6-6266-7895 / +81-6-6266-8582

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