Textile Exchange is a global nonprofit organization that works to make the textile industry more sustainable. We work with everyone involved in making your textiles, including everything from clothes to sheets to towels and more. Together, we’re trying to help the textile world make better decisions so that we’re not only reducing harm to the environment but also bringing about positive change. We identify and share best practices regarding farming, materials and processing so we can reduce the impact on the world’s water, soil, air and human population.
Incorporated in 2002, Textile Exchange works closely with our members and textile industry stakeholders along the entire $1.7 trillion value cycle. TE is headquartered in the US with staff and ambassadors located in eight countries.
Companies join Textile Exchange because they want to be more sustainable. That can mean they’re brand new to environmentally-conscious practices or they can be further along the sustainability process and want to take things to the next level.
Textile Exchange can provide an initial top-level sustainability assessment for a company in order to develop a long-term plan toward a more sustainable future. This work includes verifying steps of the supply chain in order to demonstrate how the material is sourced and/or grown, processed and manufactured. We work with companies to determine the best fibers and materials to use. We help companies formally trace the integrity of their materials and manufacturing processes so textiles can be properly labeled.
Our Vision: We envision a global textile industry that protects and restores the environment and enhances lives.
Mission: Textile Exchange inspires and equips people to accelerate sustainable practices in the textile value chain. We focus on minimizing the harmful impacts of the global textile industry and maximizing its positive effects.