Reducing the Environmental Impact of the Fashion Industry with RFID!
According to the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), the fashion industry accounts for 20 % of global wastewater and 10 % of carbon emissions.
ITL Group’s Whitepaper “4 Ways RFID can make Retailers more Sustainable” examines how an increased RFID integration in retail may reduce the environmental impact and contribute to more sustainable practices.
Reducing Textile Waste with RFID
The ITL Group identifies three key benefits of an increased RFID rollout in retail:
“We’ve built our business model based on global delivery to enable source tagging, build trust and simplify the lives of our customers”, says Chris Currie, CEO of the ITL Group. “We make sure that their garments arrive on time, with their brand identity intact and their supply chains optimized.”
- Improving Stock Management
- Reducing Overproduction
- Improving Supply Chain Management
RFID enables increased inventory accuracy, eliminating the need for buffer stock or production surplus. Overproduction that would end up as waste or sold below value becomes unnecessary, allowing a more efficient allocation of resources. With the implementation of source-tagging solutions, retailers are able to track goods throughout the entire supply chain, reducing inefficiencies by easily locating missing items and reducing waste.
Lowering Carbon Footprint of Suppliers and Consumers with RFID
According to the ITL Group, RFID enables an inventory management strategy that optimizes the flow of stock from distribution centers to stores and to the customer. With improved inventory accuracy using RFID, retailers gain a better overview of the number of items sold, and are able to plan ahead accordingly. The need for excess stock or last-minute deliveries when selling out on a specific item are removed.
Customers benefit from stores being adequately stocked to meet their demands. Excess journeys to deliver items to stores are removed. Customers only require one trip to the store to purchase desired items. Additional carbon emissions from these excess journeys are prevented.
RFID enables Retailers to Meet Demands for more Transparency
Using a source-tagging solution, retailers are able to track and trace a product from the point of manufacture, enabling deeper insights into the supply chain. Retailers are able to re-assure customers that products were manufactured and transported safely. Customers receive additional information and are able to choose products manufactured using more sustainable practices.
RFID Inlays Use Sustainable Materials
The ITL Group has changed its manufacturing process for RFID inlays to reduce their environmental impact. Inlays have become paper-based, using responsibly harvested and recyclable material. PET components are removed, reducing plastic utilization and the carbon footprint. With printed or laser-cut antennas, fewer or no chemicals are used and waste reduced. The development of smaller chip sizes improves resource efficiency. The combination of these features creates an environmentally friendly tag.
Read the full whitepaper here.