Timberland Is Helping Rebuild Haiti’s Cotton Industry | By Fast Company

Posted by Fast Company, BY BEN SCHILLER | February 9, 2018 Read Original Article Here Haiti hasn’t grown cotton in decades. Its once-abundant industry collapsed in the 1970s due to government corruption, economic mismanagement, and U.S. embargoes. But now, thanks to a project involving thousands of smallholder farmers, apparel brands like Timberland, and a blockchain network, it could be set for a comeback. Within … Read More

Successful Programs Start with Motivated Workers | By Sustainable Brands

This excerpt was originally posted on Sustainable Brands, February 1, 2018. Read Full Article Here.  News Deeply, in partnership with Sustainable Brands, has produced a series of profiles looking at how brands are tackling some of the world’s biggest challenges. The goal is to examine trends and gather insights from a new wave of corporate citizenship — in an era when … Read More

Trending: CO2 Dyeing, Biosynthetics Driving Transition Towards New Textiles Economy | By Sustainable Brands

From Sustainable Brands | February 5, 2018 Read Full Article Here Excerpt from article: Textile Exchange has launched a new microsite, aboutbiosynthetics.org, to demystify the subject and provide information and market intelligence for both businesses and interested consumers. “Right now, biosynthetics are a new emerging area for the textiles industry and an exciting one for us to be exploring at Textile Exchange. … Read More

Responsible Leather Initiative

In 2017, we formed the Responsible Leather Initiative with the goal to bring together stakeholders and define an industry solution to work towards. The outcome was the decision to create a Roundtable, with three key priorities: to drive the development of a global standard, to serve as a platform to share information, and to be a collective voice with other … Read More

Recycled Polyester Commitment

More than 54 renowned textile, apparel and retail companies—including major brands such as adidas, Dibella, Eileen Fisher, Gap Inc., H&M, IKEA, Lindex, MetaWear, Target and Timberland—have committed or are supporting an increase in their use of Recycled Polyester (rPET) by at least 25% by 2020. The commitment will be tracked via participation in the Polyester Module of Textile Exchange’s annual Preferred … Read More

Benchmarking Program and Report

The Preferred Fiber & Materials Benchmark is becoming the industry standard for peer comparisons and experience-based performance improvement, increasingly no one wants to be left behind. In just two years the program has gone from a pilot to a fully-fledged Index. Over 95 companies took part in 2017 and we are expecting growth this year. Funding is now needed to … Read More

Transitional Cotton Challenge

The TCC is an initiative that challenges and encourages companies to move towards incorporating 5% organic cotton into their supply by 2020. Research has shown that organically grown cotton is the best process for securing long-term supply of the fiber by sustaining the health of soil and ecosystems, as well as improving the livelihoods of farmers and communities. A blended approach will address … Read More

2025 Sustainable Cotton Challenge

Textile Exchange and it’s members believe that there is an necessity for cotton to be produced and used more sustainably not only to reduce its burden on the environment, but also as a pathway to life millions of people out of poverty. Cotton is also an important rotational crop for smallholders and the cash income it creates is vital for … Read More

New Biosynthetics Website and Guide Launched

Textile Exchange has just launched a new website focused on textiles made from sugars, biomass and plant oils – AboutBiosynthetics.org – along with an accompanying “Quick Guide to Biosynthetics“. In the future, we could be wearing clothes made from sugars, plants, algae, fungi and bacteria. Even today, our shirts could be made from sugar cane and our stockings from castor … Read More

Textile Exchange’s Responsible Wool Standard & Argentina Fact Sheet

Textile Exchange announced on November 8, 2017 that the language, content and best practices of its Responsible Wool Standard (RWS) will be used by two key Argentina organizations as a basis for the outreach to and training of regional farmers. This represents the first time Textile Exchange—a global non-profit that promotes the adoption of preferred fibers, integrity and standards and … Read More