As the fashion industry continues its drive for more sustainable options, industrial hemp pioneer, Panda Biotech, and scientific traceability company, Oritain, announce a partnership to develop the world’s first fully traceable hemp fibre. With new laws in the United States, a global shift back to natural materials and a greater need for green alternatives to synthetics, Panda Biotech will process premium, textile-grade, cottonized natural hemp fibre for industrial and consumer products. Their first facility is in Wichita Falls, Texas, and will be operational in mid 2022.
This latest partnership with Oritain will see the two companies working together as official partners to create the world’s first scientifically traceable hemp fibre—from field to garment—for the global textile industry.
An increased focus on the environmental and societal impact of clothing and the fashion industry at large has created a renewed focus on natural raw materials that can help address some of the sustainability problems faced. Hemp is an incredibly versatile material that is far less energy intensive than current fibres used and completely biodegradable. But, as with any sustainable material, the benefits can often be undermined by false claims of where and how the industrial hemp was grown, farmed, and processed.
Thanks to a partnership with scientific traceability company, Oritain, Panda Biotech can assure their brand partners and the consumer that all the hemp fibre the company processes in Texas is authentic US hemp, grown by US farmers.
Panda Biotech is developing what is believed to be the largest hemp facility in the world and investing heavily in a greener future. Working with Oritain, Panda can protect and promote that future and, together, help the industry, and consumers, dress more responsibly.
About Panda Biotech
Based in Dallas, Texas, privately held Panda Biotech, LLC is a first mover in the emerging U.S. industrial hemp fibre and hurd industry. Panda Biotech’s executive leadership has extensive experience developing, financing, constructing and operating large-scale infrastructure facilities in clean energy. They have developed 22 projects representing approximately $12 billion in invested capital. The company is currently developing large-scale, industrial Hemp Gin facilities. Panda’s first facility, the “Panda High Plains Hemp Gin” LLC (“PHPHG”) is located in Wichita Falls, Texas, and will be operational in mid 2022.
Oritain is a world leader in using forensic science to trace the origin of products. It works with Mother Nature and doesn’t rely on barcodes, packaging or other tracer systems. Everything that is grown, reared, or made, is a product of its environment, absorbing a unique ratio of elements and nutrients depending on where in the world it comes from. This is what Oritain analyses, using a unique combination of forensic science and statistics to accurately verify the origin of products.
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