History

Textile Exchange is a global, nonprofit organization that began as Organic Exchange in 2002. Organic Exchange, in partnership with farmers, manufacturers, brands, and retailers, grew the organic cotton market from $240 million in 2001 to $6.8 billion in 2011. 

As the sustainable textiles market evolved to include much more than organic cotton, it became rapidly apparent that a global organization was needed as a convener, a networker, and a catalyst for the sustainable industry as a whole.  Textile Exchange is committed to accelerating sustainable practices in the textile value chain in order to create material change, restore the environment, and enhance lives around the world.