Historic Futures

To make better products tomorrow, we must know where they come from today.

We make it possible for companies to collect and manage value chain data, from primary production to finished product and to communicate good practice to their customers.

After more than 10 years in the field, we’re creating something new. If you’re struggling to find out where your products came from and how they got here, we want to talk to you.

What we are doing

Knowing where products come from and how they got here is important – to consumers, to companies, to regulators, and to the planet.

We've learnt that...

We make it possible for companies to collect and manage value chain data, from primary production to finished product and to communicate good practice to their customers.

We work with any product, anywhere in the value chain, and don't judge specifications ("organic", "Fair Trade", "GMO" etc.) Our mission is to create a framework to measure value chain performance rather than define what that performance should be.

It's not impossible

The lack of accurate and complete information about the history of individual products makes informed sourcing decisions and reliable product claims impossible.

We know that getting that information is hard to do, but it is possible - we’ve done it.

We are currently working on a new solution, researching radically improved mechanisms for increasing the scale and efficiency of value chain mapping. Reducing the cost, expanding the reach and improving the benefits for all.

Why should I care?

We believe that value chain maps can unlock real business value. Understanding a product’s history reduces risk and provides an important and powerful opportunity to create sustainable value.

We have a real opportunity here to extend our leadership in forest product certification by introducing innovative yet proven technology to improve integrity, speed and efficiency of the FSC certification scheme

Phil Guillery, Systems Integrity Director at FSC

Our mission

Our story

Over the last ten years we have worked with some of the world’s largest brands and retailers to collect accurate data about millions of items from thousands of businesses throughout hundreds of value chains - from finished product back to raw material.

We developed an online solution, called String, that allows organisations throughout the value chain to share selected information related to the products they make with the customers who buy them.

String can be used to join the outputs from one organisation to the inputs of the next - building dynamic, accurate value chain maps for any product, no matter how complex.

Meet the team

Get involved

We want to learn more about the challenges and opportunities you face with regards to mapping your value chains - what data you think is actually required, how often and why? Throughout 2014 we are reviewing the ‘state-of-the-art’, analysing the underlying requirements and elaborating the business cases. We plan to share the output with those who have helped us as well as developing and testing new ideas and techniques in real value-chains and reporting the results. We would love to hear from you.

What information do you need about value chains?

Take our survey

Email us

research@historicfutures.com

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Our thinking

Developing sustainable products for the clothing industry is easy

Developing sustainable products for the clothing industry is easy. There are a whole raft of options for raw materials that are more sustainable that conventional raw materials; organic cotton, BCI, CMiA, recycled polyester, recycled nylon and new bio-synthetic fibres under development. Process innovations to reduce water and energy use have been developed for many aspect of the manufacturing sup0ply chain; eco-factories, ultra low liquor ratio dyeing, digital printing and plasma treatments. And we are even starting to see opportunities for the recycling of textiles to reduce waste and minimise the use of virgin materials.

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