Traces was an innovative Italian-Brazilian project which looked at the social and environmental impacts resulting from the carbon footprint. It was a collaboration between Osklen, E-institute, and The Italian Ministry for the Environment; Land and Sea of Italy. This team of international experts studied the supply chain of six e-fabrics (sustainable materials developed by Osklen through E-institute) from the sourcing of the raw materials to the products end-of-life. They surveyed the social and environmental consequences, and identified possible mitigation measures to minimize impacts further.
The results indicated that Osklen's sustainable models contributed to the improvement of tens of thousands of worker's quality of life, as well as to the preservation of Amazon forests. Thanks to this project, mitigation measures were implemented in the parts of the supply chain where there were the highest carbon footprints. One example is the Pirarucu fishing community in Mexiana, the Marajo archipelago in the Amazon region. The skin of the Pirarucu fish was one of the six e-fabrics that was studied. By replacing highly pollutant diesel power with solar energy, the community was able to obtain a clean and free energy source.