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Textile Exchange is celebrating our 15th anniversary and our evolution from a small nonprofit focused exclusively on the expansion of organic cotton supply and demand to a respected global presence that inspires and equips people to accelerate sustainable business practices in the textile value network. Join us in honoring our founding members as we celebrate our history during a kick off of Textile Exchange’s 2017 Textile Sustainability Conference near Washington, D.C. during the week of October 9-13.

The conference focus and call to action this year is
“United by Action: Catalyzing the Sustainable Development Goals in Textiles”

Textile Exchange conferences offer participants, which last year totaled over 425 people representing 258 companies from 39 countries, the latest research, trends, innovations, and solutions to challenges faced by the apparel and textile industry. Through active participation, the outcomes of this event will identify action items to develop a roadmap to 2030 for the industry.

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Take a sneak-peek at the conference agenda for the 2017 Textile Exchange conference: United by Action: Catalyzing the Sustainable Development Goals in Textiles. The Agenda structure offers two full conference days, and additional pre- and post-conference days dedicated to in-depth workshops. These half-day and day-long workshops take the audience through multiple sessions of insight and information. Attendees leave the sessions with actionable solutions they can immediately implement into their daily business.

The 2017 agenda is constantly being updated, so check back often for updates.

  • TE Board Meeting – Full Day
  • Certification Body (CB) Meeting
  • Registration and Exhibitor set-up (Opens 12pm EST)
  • Basics of Textile Sustainability Workshop
  • Textile Exchange 15th Anniversary Celebration and Conference Kick-off
  • Member-only Breakfast w/Special Guest Speaker
  • Presentations by C&A, H&M, and PVH, Corp.
  • Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs): Where to Start
  • Land Management: Farming and Forestry
  • Investors are Taking Score
  • Managing Our Way Through a Water Shortfall
  • Innovation and Impact Showcase: Connect With Africa
  • Networking Dinners with special tables hosted by Esquel, Nike, Otto Group, Lenzing and more!
  • Desserts a la carte with Cotton 2040, Glasgow Caledonian University: The Fair Fashion Center, OrganiMark, Organic Cotton Accelerator and more!
  • Scaling the Use of Sustainable Cotton
  • Dispelling the Myths of Not a Penny More
  • SDG 15: Taking Action to Improve Grassland Management
  • Innovations in Manufacturing
  • Innovation & Impact Showcase: Sustainable Furnishings Council
  • Transitional Cotton: The Smart Intersection of Food & Textiles
  • Cotton 2040 Meeting: Details coming soon!
  • Capitol Hill Advocacy Visit: Contact to get involved
  • TExcursions – Details coming soon!


Friday Oct. 13

Join us for this year’s post-conference industry tours or a “Discover D.C.” day trip option.
Watch for an announcement at the end of June!

Conference Speakers

Click to read our conference speaker’s bios, as well as discover what session they will be a part of.
We are constantly adding speakers- check back often for updates!

  • Rahul Bhajekar
    Director Standards Development & Quality Assurance, Global Organic Textile Standard
    Rahul Bhajekar
    Director Standards Development & Quality Assurance, Global Organic Textile Standard

    Strengthening Integrity in Your Supply Network | Oct. 10

    An Engineer with a M.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Ohio State University, USA, Rahul has been working in the Textile Industry since 1994. For 21 years he was with Texanlab, one of India's leading Textile testing laboratories the last 7 as its Managing Director / General Manager, He briefly headed Hermes Eco Laboratories, a German Joint Venture and part of the Otto Group. In 2016, GOTS appointed Rahul as their Director, Standards Development & Quality Assurance. Rahul has the responsibility of technically and administratively overseeing the globally acclaimed Global Organic Textile Standard or GOTS, updated to version 5.0 in March 2017 and to keep the standard current and relevant. Rahul has conducted numerous training programmes for Educational Institutes, Buying Houses, Exporters and others in the Textiles Supply Chain on the subject of Quality Control and Ecological Testing. He frequently lectures at Seminars and Workshops on subjects of GOTS, Chemical Restrictions, Sustainability as well as Improvement of quality standards in the Textile Industry.

    He has written for technical journals and contributed to a book on textile chemicals. Rahul has been a member of two sub-committees of the Bureau of Indian Standards. He is a member of the Society of Dyers & Colourists, UK and has been awarded a Bronze Medal for services to the SDC in India. Rahul is also a managing committee member of the Textile Association of India, Mumbai Unit. He is an Executive Committee Member of the Consortium of Green Fashion, an initiative of SOFT, Pune in association with other fashion design educational institutes, apparel and chemical industry. Rahul is a National Expert for the European Union Ecolabel for textiles.

  • Shreyaskar Chaudhary
    Managing Director, Pratibha Syntex Limited
    Shreyaskar Chaudhary
    Managing Director, Pratibha Syntex Limited

    Innovations in Manufacturing | Weds. Oct. 11th

    Shreyaskar Chaudhary is Managing Director at Pratibha Syntex. Pratibha Syntex was founded in 1997 and started their organic farming operation in 1999. One year later the company extended their business model by vertically integrating knitting, dyeing and garmenting. Today Pratibha Syntex is providing education and support for more than 33.000 cotton farmers. In recent years, the company has invested into technologies to recycle textile production waste and has reduced water consumption by 53% and energy by 17% in recent years.

  • Dr. Maurizio Crippa
    CEO, gr3n
    Dr. Maurizio Crippa
    CEO, gr3n

    Synthetics: What are the Problems?  Meeting the SDGs | Weds. Oct. 11

    Maurizio Crippa, PhD in Material Science, is the CEO, founder and inventor of the technology of the Swiss start-up company gr3n. After working for many year in academia as researcher developing new organic, inorganic, polymeric and hybrid materials I decided to redirect my interest to the end of life of the materials and, after some lab activities, I founded the company. The company is developing a technology for the de-polymerization of polyester allowing to produce the building blocks of the polyester from clothes instead from oil.

  • Karin Ekberg
    CEO, Leadership & Sustainability
    Karin Ekberg
    CEO, Leadership & Sustainability

    Dispelling the Myths of Not a Penny More | Weds. Oct. 11th 

    Karin is the founder and CEO of the sustainability consulting company Leadership & Sustainability. Karin has more than 30 years of international consulting and industry experience in several sectors, based out of Switzerland, Brazil, Sweden, and Germany and with extended business projects mainly in Europe, North America, China and other countries in Asia. Karin has spent five years in the position as Head of Environmental Services at adidas Group, establishing and maintaining group-wide environmental strategies and programs.

    Furthermore, Karin has had the role of Chair of the Board of Directors at the Sustainable Apparel Coalition (2012-2013).
    Karin has also been engaged during the set-up and first years of the ZDHC, Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals, taking on several leadership roles within the ZDHC collaboration.

  • Ariane Grazian
    Sr. Manager of General Merchandise Sustainability, Walmart
    Ariane Grazian
    Sr. Manager of General Merchandise Sustainability, Walmart

    De-carbonizing Opportunities | Tues. Oct. 10th

    Ariane Grazian is the senior manager of general merchandise sustainability at Walmart. Her responsibilities include factory efficiency programs in the global supply chain, material sustainability, and driving emissions reductions with suppliers through the Walmart Sustainability Index and Project Gigaton. For Ariane, the most exciting part about her role is realizing the potential of private sector partnerships to achieve climate and sustainability outcomes.

  • Tim Greiner
    Co-founder and Managing Director, Pure Strategies, Inc.
    Tim Greiner
    Co-founder and Managing Director, Pure Strategies, Inc.

    De-carbonizing Operations | Tues. Oct. 10th

    Tim Greiner, a Pure Strategies Co-founder and Managing Director, has pioneered approaches to building environmental and social integrity into products, brands, and businesses. His experience spans the spectrum from developing corporate strategy, designing product sustainability programs, creating approaches to transform and engage supply chains and fostering collaborative mechanisms to lift the sustainability performance of entire industries. He is currently working with several progressive businesses on developing science-based targets and comprehensive climate strategies. He is a co-founder of the Chemical Footprint Project and has guided chemicals management strategies for companies across diverse industries. Current and former clients include Annie’s, Walmart, Seventh Generation, Ben & Jerry’s, The North Face, Stonyfield Farm, MilliporeSigma and U.S. EPA.

    Tim holds masters’ degrees in Environmental Policy and Business from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a bachelor’s degree in Materials Science Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. He is a founding member of the Massachusetts Toxics Use Reduction Planners Association and a former Board member and President. He is also founder of the Cape Ann Climate Change Network and is a Research Associate at the Lowell Center for Sustainable Production. Tim has experience in industry as a Process Engineer for Fairchild Semiconductor. He also worked for the Massachusetts Office of Technical Assistance as Project Director and Chief Engineer.

  • Dr. Jung Ha-Brookshire
    Associate Professor of Textile and Apparel Management, University of Missouri
    Dr. Jung Ha-Brookshire
    Associate Professor of Textile and Apparel Management, University of Missouri

    Dispelling the Myths of Not a Penny More | Oct. 11

    Dr. Jung E. Ha-Brookshire is Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Studies of College of Human Environmental Sciences and Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Studies in the Department of Textile and Apparel Management at the University of Missouri. Prior to her time at MU, Dr. Ha-Brookshire worked as a production assistant, production coordinator, production manager, and sourcing manager for Adjmi Apparel Group and Richard Leeds International, Inc. in New York City. During her time in NYC, she extensively traveled to various countries in Asia and Central America for textile and apparel product sourcing, product development, production coordination, and quality assurance. At MU, she teaches global sourcing and the capstone for retail marketing and merchandising students. She also teaches global supply chain management and theory development & evaluation courses at the graduate level. She received several prestigious awards, including Kemper Fellowship for Teaching Excellence in 2017, Fulbright Core Scholar award in 2015, 2014 Gold Chalk Award for excellent graduate teaching, 2011 Rising Star award by International Textile and Apparel Association, 2010 Excellence in Education award by MU Division of Student Affairs, and 2009 Professor of the Year award by MU Student Athlete group. She is also currently serving as the Vice President of Operation (2015-2017) at International Textiles and Apparel Association. She has completed a number of internal and external grants, over $500,000. She has published over 40 manuscripts in peer review journals and presented her research over 90 times at various international, national, and regional conferences. The areas of her research interests include moral responsibility of corporate sustainability, global supply chain and sourcing strategies, sustainable production and consumption of textile and apparel, and firm/industry identity issues. She utilizes both qualitative and quantitative research tools.

  • Dr. Timo Hammer
    CEO, WKI Hohenstein Group
    Dr. Timo Hammer
    CEO, WKI Hohenstein Group

    Technology and Traceability | Oct. 11


    2000 – 2005: Studies Biology, University of Constance
    2006 – 2009: PhD, University of Stuttgart-Hohenheim
    2011 – 2014: Studies Business Economy, Betriebswirtschaftliches Institut und Seminar Basel
    2006 – 2009: Research associate (PhD), University of Stuttgart-Hohenheim
    07/2009 – 12/2010: Project Manager, Hohenstein Institute, Department Hygiene, Environment & Medicine
    01/2011 – 01/2015: Head of Research, Hohenstein Institute, Department Hygiene, Environment & Medicine
    02/2015 – 11/2015: Product Manager, Xenios AG (a Fresenius Medical Care company)
    12/2015 – 03/2017: Marketing Manager, Xenios AG (a Fresenius Medical Care company)
    since 04/2017: CEO, Hohenstein Group, William-Küster-Institute for Hygiene, Environment & Medicine

  • Helena Helmersson
    Global Head of Production, H&M
    Helena Helmersson
    Global Head of Production, H&M

    Presentation by H&M | Tuesday Oct. 10

    H&M Group: The H&M Group is one of the world’s leading fashion companies from Sweden with more than 4,300 stores in over 60 markets and several clearly defined fashion brands. Each brand has its own unique identity and they are united by a passion for fashion and a drive to dress customers in a sustainable way.

    Helena Helmersson joined H&M in 1997 as a business controller in the buying office in Stockholm, Sweden and later became a Section Manager working with assortment planning and purchasing. She worked as H&M’s HR Manager in the Bangladesh Office, and has also served as the Department Manager for Underwear Department in company’s Hong Kong production office.

    In 2010 Helmersson moved back to the Head Office in Stockholm, Sweden, and assumed the position as Head of Sustainability at H&M. H&M’s sustainability efforts under Helena Helmersson’s lead have been recognized and awarded for a number of initiatives, including the launch of used garment collection in all H&M stores, the implementation of the fair living wage roadmap, the commitment towards zero discharge of hazardous chemicals (ZDHC) as well as the publication of the company’s supplier list. In 2014 Helmersson was named the most powerful business woman in Sweden by the nation´s leading business magazine. The same year she was named as one of the world´s top fashion shapers by BoF 500.

    In 2015 she moved to Hong Kong to assume the position as Head of Production, being responsible for the H&M Group´s sourcing and purchasing globally. In her position Helmersson is responsible for optimizing the supply chain to be able to deliver the best products to H&M´s customers.

    Helmersson holds a Master of Science Degree in Business Administration and Economics and additionally completed a course on textiles.

  • Jeffrey Hogue
    Chief Sustainability Officer, C&A
    Jeffrey Hogue
    Chief Sustainability Officer, C&A

    Managing Our Way Through a Water Shortfall | Tues. Oct. 10th

    Jeffrey Hogue was announced as the new Chief Sustainability Officer of C&A Global in December 2014. In this role, he is responsibility for heading up the global development, coordination and delivery of C&A’s sustainability strategy worldwide, therefore, helping to drive C&A towards even greater responsibility and transparency.

    Hogue, in his function, supports C&A as it moves away from a “take, make, waste” linear model to a circular one; that keeps resources in use for as long as possible. Today, the brand is widely recognised as the world’s largest user of organic cotton and the world’s sixth largest buyer of Better Cotton. Jeffrey leads a global team of 135 sustainability professionals that deliver the global sustainability framework across 200 retail locations, 60,000 employees, and over 900,000 workers that produce products for C&A suppliers. His team strives toward performance and leadership in sustainable products, sustainable supply and sustainable lives.

    Prior to his appointment as Chief Sustainability Officer of C&A Global, Hogue was the senior director, global CSR and sustainability at McDonalds. Appointed in 2012, he successfully led the development of McDonald's first set of sustainability goals and climate change strategy. Prior to this, Jeffrey served for 17 years at Danisco A/S and DuPont as their Chief Sustainability Officer.

  • Mitsuya Inagaki
    Manager, Kowa Company Ltd.
    Mitsuya Inagaki
    Manager, Kowa Company Ltd.

    Building Resilient Cotton Communities | Oct.11

    Mitsuya Inagaki was born in1963. He entered Kowa Company 1987, after he graduated Ritsumeikan University, Kyoto, Japan.
    He has worked as a production staff for cotton fabrics for 15 years.  After 1 year R&D of organic textile, he started a small retail shop of organic cotton home textiles in Tokyo, named “Tenerita” in 2003 as a venture business of Kowa. Now Tenerita has 8 retail shops and is known as high quality towels, blanket and garments made by organic cotton in Japan. All the material of Tenerita is arranged and selected by him.
    Mitsuya Inagaki has also worked at Textile Exchange as a board of directors for about 10 years, and had several introduction seminars events for sustainable textiles in Japan. Mitsuya Inagaki is engaged in organic cotton fiber production with 103 farmers at a small village in south India. There were child labors at the village, and now all children can go to school-no child labor, after the project of ACE Japan.

  • Yuka Iwatsuki
    President/Co-founder, ACE (Action against Child Exploitation)
    Yuka Iwatsuki
    President/Co-founder, ACE (Action against Child Exploitation)

    Building Resilient Cotton Communities | Weds. Oct. 11

    Yuka Iwatsuki was born in Tokyo. She studies at Brookline High School in Massachusetts, Miami University in Florida and Sophia University in Tokyo. She earned a master’s degree from the Osaka School of International Public Policy. She founded ACE during graduate school. She was a Fellow at Winrock International in Washington D.C. in 2006. Her work at ACE includes field study on child labour in cocoa in Ghana and cotton in India; advocacy; partnership with corporate sectors; and leading the organization to grow and build its reputation as a child labour specialist. She acts as board member of Japan Ethical Initiative and the Global March against Child Labour.

  • Traci Kinden
    Project Manager - Textiles Program, Circle Economy
    Traci Kinden
    Project Manager - Textiles Program, Circle Economy

    The Post Consumer Textile Collections Conundrum | Weds. Oct. 11th 

    An obsession with waste reduction and improving the lives of others drives Traci every single day. After completing a bachelor’s degree in design, she dove into the apparel industry, gaining both strategic and hands-on experience in process and technology development. During her time as an Innovator with NIKE, she connected a wide range of stakeholders and created cutting-edge customization systems for global production. She launched REvolve Waste in 2013 to grow the understanding of circular textiles and increase collaboration across the industry. Traci joined Circle Economy in 2016 to drive pivotal European developments that will serve as a new circular standard for sustainable textiles.

  • Andre Leu
    President, IFOAM-Organics International
    Andre Leu
    President, IFOAM-Organics International

    Land Management: Farming and Forestry | Oct. 10th

    Andre Leu is the President of IFOAM – Organics International, the world umbrella body for the organic sector. IFOAM – Organics International has around 800 member organisations in120 countries. He is founding steering committee member of regeneration international, an organization that promotes farming systems that regenerate soil organic matter. He has an extensive knowledge of farming and environmental systems across Asia, Europe, the Americas, Africa and Australasia from over 40 years of visiting and working in over 100 countries.

    Andre has a degree in Communications and post-graduate qualifications in adult education. He lectures and teaches at universities, institutions and workshops around the world. He speaks at numerous conferences, seminars, workshops as well as United Nation events on every continent. He meets with governments, industry, farmers, consumers and NGOs on the multi-functional benefits of regenerative organic agriculture.

    He has published extensively in magazines, newspapers, journals, conference proceedings, newsletters, websites and other media, as well as doing media interviews.

  • Karla Magruder
    Founder & Textile Consultant, Fabrikology International
    Karla Magruder
    Founder & Textile Consultant, Fabrikology International

    Synthetics: What are the Problems? Meeting SDG #12 | Weds. Oct. 11th 

    Karla Magruder has been in the textile industry for more than 25 years with global experience from fiber to finished garments. She founded Fabrikology International, a textile consulting firm, specializing in textile sourcing, education and business development in 2003. The company has worked in both the for-profit and non-profit sectors in building strategic development plans, developing and launching new products, and organizing tradeshow seminars and conferences.

    Karla has led her team in supporting the development of trade between US brands and retailers and garment manufacturers from Haiti and Africa through USAID sponsored programs. She has worked as a Textile Exchange Ambassador with the mission of facilitating the acceleration of sustainable practices in the textile value chain.

    Prior to founding Fabrikology International she led the apparel launch of Ingeo fibers, the 1st manmade fiber created from 100% annually renewable resources, launched several performance fabrics and technologies in the outdoor and apparel market and headed the development of an active apparel collection for a global company.

    She is currently is a member of the Textile Exchange Governance Board and has been a Contributing Editor to Textile Insight and EcoTextile News.

  • Patrick Mallet
    Innovations Director, ISEAL Alliance
    Patrick Mallet
    Innovations Director, ISEAL Alliance

    Technology and Traceability  & SDG 15: Taking Action to Improve Grassland Management | Weds. Oct. 11

    Patrick Mallet is Director of Innovations at ISEAL Alliance, the global network for sustainability standards. Patrick founded ISEAL and served as its first Executive Director until 2005. He is responsible for ISEAL’s Codes of Good Practice that support effective standards and certification, and for ISEAL’s learning communities to encourage standards systems to improve their practices. Through ISEAL’s Innovations Programme, Patrick is helping to define what effective sustainability standards will look like in the future. He lives in British Columbia, Canada.

  • Sophie Mather
    Founder & Material Futurist, biov8tion
    Sophie Mather
    Founder & Material Futurist, biov8tion

    Towards a Bio-based Economy | Oct. 11

    Sophie Mather of biov8tion works to inspire and transform the textile industry to a future where processes are eradicated, and performance created without impact to people or planet. With the big picture and longer- term vision in sight, biov8tion embraces challenges as the driver for new innovation. Commercial results are born from the facilitation of multi-stakeholder relations, formed between supply chain partners (raw materials, machine builders, fabric suppliers,) brands, retailers, nonprofits, academics and cross-industry expertise.

    Sophie Mather, Founder, and Material Futurist at biov8tion has over 20 years industrial experience, working on the ground in the EU, USA, and Asia for major global brands, directing innovation and materials.

  • Justin Mundy
    Director, HRH The Prince of Wales's International Sustainability Unit
    Justin Mundy
    Director, HRH The Prince of Wales's International Sustainability Unit

    Scaling the Use of Sustainable Cotton | Weds. Oct. 11

    Justin Mundy has over thirty years' experience of working on climate change, environment and energy issues and has done so within the public, multilateral and private sectors. He is currently Director of The Prince’s Charities’ International Sustainability Unit (ISU) which has been set up to reflect His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales’ vision and aims in the area of sustainable development.

    Within the private sector he was a Managing Director of Climate Change Capital, responsible for Strategic Development and previously Senior Adviser to Deutsche Bank’s Global Markets Group with responsibility for Climate Change issues and was also a Director of Aon carbon. He was a founder of ForestRe, a specialist forestry insurance company.
    In the public sector he was an Adviser to the UK Government on Russia, Energy and Climate issues and during 2005 was the principal architect of the Clean Energy Investment Framework under the Gleneagles’ G8 Action Plan. From 2003 to 2007 he was a member of the UK Government’s Sustainable Energy Policy Advisory Board. During the UNFCCC COP6 (bis) and COP7 he was appointed Adviser to the European Commission on EU – Russia coordination.
    Between 1992 - 1998 he ran the World Bank’s forestry and biodiversity programmes in Russia and Central Asia and was the Bank’s Environment Adviser for the region’s oil and gas sector.

    Before joining the World Bank, he worked extensively on environment, forestry and conflict resolution programmes in Asia, South America, Africa and Eastern Europe.

  • Caroline Reid
    Project Manager Sustainable Development, IKEA
    Caroline Reid
    Project Manager Sustainable Development, IKEA

    Leather and Cashmere: Impacts and Opportunities | Oct. 11

    Since 2015, I’ve been responsible to drive the animal welfare agenda at IKEA: Creating an animal welfare position, as well as working with the supply chain, and the wider industry, to establish traceability for a number of animal materials and address how best to mitigate the risks and secure a good level of animal welfare, as well as social & environmental requirements, at every step of the chain. I have over 10 years’ experience with IKEA covering many areas of sustainability from sustainable transportation, through supplier efficiency & renewable energy, to sustainability programs for a number of key commodities.

  • Hsin Tien Shiao
    Senior Associate, Pacific Institute
    Hsin Tien Shiao
    Senior Associate, Pacific Institute

    Managing Our Way Through a Water Shortfall | Oct. 10

    Tien Shiao joined the Pacific Institute in 2016. She is a Senior Research Associate for the Corporate Sustainability team and has ten years of experience in corporate sustainability, stakeholder engagement, and water risk and stewardship. Tien’s work focuses on innovative solutions for corporate water challenges, encompassing corporate disclosure frameworks and impact metrics. Prior to joining the Pacific Institute, she was responsible for external relations for the Sustainability department at H&M’s Shanghai production office. Before that, she was a Senior Associate for the Water Program at the World Resources Institute, where she managed the global water risk tool, Aqueduct. Tien received a B.S. in Civil and Environmental Engineering from the University of Michigan – Ann Arbor and a Master’s degree in Environmental Management from the Yale University. She is fluent in English and Mandarin.

  • MeiLin Wan
    Vice President Textiles, Applied DNA Sciences
    MeiLin Wan
    Vice President Textiles, Applied DNA Sciences

    Technology and Traceability | Oct. 11

    MeiLin Wan is Vice President the Textiles Group at Applied DNA Sciences in Stony Brook, New York. She is responsible for providing clients with secure supply chain solutions and services to assure quality, sustainable and responsible sourcing practices for textile customers globally. MeiLin leads the team in initiating new platforms such as CertainT™ to safeguard supply chains against product recalls, liability, while maintaining profitability and market differentiation. Clients like Himatsingka, Louis Dreyfus Company, Techmer PM, Palmetto Synthetics Loftex, Nissha, Martin Guitar, Solvay, are proactively using Applied DNA's molecular based technology. From 2014 to present, MeiLin has led the team to tag, test and trace over 160 million pounds of US grown cotton, resulting in the launch of products sold under the Pimacott brand in over 1,700 stores throughout the United States at Bed Bath and Beyond and Costco. In addition to cotton, the Textiles Group works with clients to implement innovative textile applications in synthetics, recycled cellulosics, rayon, wool, cashmere, silk and many other fiber, yarn and fabric products. Prior to joining Applied DNA Sciences, MeiLin has over 20 years experience in the biotechnology, consumer products and personal care industries, specializing in marketing, sales, strategic and international management.


Thank you to all of our sponsors and exhibitors for a successful 15 years and counting!  Sponsoring the 2017 Textile Exchange Annual Sustainability Conference is one of the best ways to access some of the leading apparel and retail brands in the world and demonstrate your organization’s support for sustainability in the apparel and textile value network.  Join the list of Sponsors below:













applied DNA sciences

Egedeniz Textile




Eileen Fisher

Asahi Kasei

Glasgow Caledonian University

Ramblers Way

control union

Kowa Company Ltd.


Contributing Sponsors

Hanky Panky

organic cotton accelerator



special event tool sponsors

DuPont Sorona






ITC Accessories




PSP Printing


Printing Sponsor


Learn more about sponsorship opportunities at the Textile Sustainability Conference here and reach out to Rita Luppino for more details on how you can get involved.


Check out our 2016 Conference Overview to see how valuable exhibiting at Textile Exchange Sustainabiity Conferences could be for your business. Interested in exhibiting at our 2017 conference? Download the Exhibitor Information Sheet or email for more information.


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*TE Members are assigned registration ID Codes to receive free pass. Please contact your company representative assigned to Textile Exchange to receive the code or contact us. All Member passes must be used by September 15, to avoid a $100 late registration fee (see below).

Single day passes are also available to TE Members for $600 and to Non members for $800. Click any “Register Now” button on this page and select the Single Day option in registration.

All registrations received after September 15 will include an additional $100 late charge per person to cover expenses incurred from late additions.

All charges are processed in U.S. dollars and must be paid in full by the specified date to secure special pricing.

Who’s Attending?

Below is a sneak peek at the companies that already have representatives registered to attend (Updated: June 15, 2017).

amelia°williams Dunelm (Soft Furnishings) Ltd. IKEA Pacific Institute
American Eagle Outfitters Egedeniz Textile Imperial Stock Ranch PVH
Applied DNA Sciences Esquel IOAS, Inc. PVH Europe
Armstrong Spinning Mills European Outdoor Group ISEAL Alliance Ramblers Way
Asahi Kasei Corporation Fabrikology ITC Accessories Re:Down LLC
ASOS Façon Magazine KID Interiør AS re:newcell
Berman/Rivera FITI Testing and Research Institute Koala Sleep Pty Ltd Spectrum International
Better Cotton Initiative (BCI) Gap Inc. L.L.Bean Stella McCartney
BIOCOTON Geetanjali Woollens Leadership & Sustainability Target
C&A Foundation Giotex Ltd Lenzing Fibers Taylor Home & Fashions Ltd.
Circle Economy Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) Loomstate Texas A&M AgriLife Research
Control Union gr3n Mahima Fibres Textile Exchange
Control Union Bangladesh GreenLama Mahlawi Textile University of Missouri
CottonConnect H&M Mantis World Varner
Coyuchi Hallotex S.L. Natur-Tec VF Corporation
Darlington Fabrics Hohenstein Group Next Retail Ltd Walmart
Dibella India Hohenstein Institute America Nike, Inc. Westpoint Home
DIRD Group ICEA OrganiMark Group

Hotel Information

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The 2017 Textile Sustainability Conference will be held at The William F. Bolger Center in Potomac, Maryland, located 15 minutes outside of Washington, D.C. The William F. Bolger Center provides an ideal setting for both business and leisure travelers visiting the U.S. Capital. Guests enjoy a stunning 83-acre property, complete with 43 acres of award-winning gardens, nature trails, sports courts, and more. All 3 major international airports are within 14-30 miles from the Bolger Center:

  • Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA)
  • Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD)
  • Baltimore–Washington International Airport (BWI)

Lodging for our guests will be available at the conference venue for $135 USD per night plus applicable taxes. The number of rooms are limited, guests are encourage to book early to guarantee availability at the conference venue. Textile Exchange recommends that attendees select their own single room due to the small size of each rooms, though limited offerings of rooms with two beds are available.

Please make your hotel reservation on Bolger’s Textile Sustainability Conference reservation page here.  Click the ‘complete registration’ button to select your dates. We apologize for any inconvenience, but the Textile Exchange team is not responsible for, nor able to help with hotel room bookings, modifications or cancellations. Please contact the Bolger Center directly if assistance is needed.

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The U.S. Department of State’s Visa Wizard is a guide to help foreign citizens understand which visa category might be appropriate for their travel to the United States. It is reccommended to apply for a visa at least three months prior to the Textile Sustainability Conference in October.

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