To ensure any good or material we use is up to standard, we need to look at its life story from manufacture to consumption. Imagine, if you will, the story of a penny.

Imagine what it was made of, the places it has been, what it has been used for and where it might go – it’s the story of a manufactured product. It was in the days before computers and big data, before free trade agreements, and globalisation of supply chains and…