The Chinese government plans to roll out its very own green certification for textiles, called Reborn, to the world’s factories at a time when some markets, like Europe, want to regulate the environmental claims and labeling of imported goods. Currently, 26 companies are involved in this project, which will use recycled materials but the specifics have not yet been determined.
At the Chic (clothing) and Intertextile (fabric) fairs, which were held at the National Exhibition and Convention Center on March 29 and 30, respectively, the process was officially launched. He Yaqiong, director of the department for the consumer goods industry at the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, stated that the ministry has made it known that it is working on the implementation of this future certification tool.
In order to encourage the initiative, which would help reduce the industry’s carbon emissions, the ministry says it will “coordinate and support industry federations, high-value brand owners and manufacturers to connect and participate in the improvement of the platform, so as to rapidly promote the popularity and recognition of the platform within the industry.”
a procedure that ought to, among other things, establish a community standard for recycled fibers. According to Duan Xiaoping, vice-president of the China National Textile and Apparel Council, this project is in line with Beijing’s stated intention to create a regional network for the collection and recycling of end-of-life textile products.
The platform’s deployment timeframe has not yet been announced. The stakes are high because 70% of the fibers produced globally are produced by the Chinese textile industry. China was the world’s largest exporter of clothing and textiles in 2022, sending 43.2 billion euros to the European Union and 29.8 billion euros to the United States.
The EU plans to soon require importers to have dematerialized access to product traceability information through its digital product passport project, so China’s move toward greater traceability is timely. This assumes that the nations that produce textiles and clothing have a trustworthy information base.