Rural India - Thriving Through Organic Agriculture (Kabini)

Gandhi's vision for India was of a confederation of self-governing, self-reliant, self-employed people living in village communities, deriving their right livelihood from the products of their homesteads. Maximum economic and political power - including the power to decide what could be imported into or exported from the village - would remain in the hands of the village assemblies.
Thinking about Gandhi’s vision for India, I’m wondering if maybe Mani Chinnaswamy, founder of Appachi Eco-Logic Cotton, has been cut from a similar cloth?

Rural Communities In India - Thriving Through Organic (Akola)

2014 is International Year of Family FarmingTextile Exchange is helping raise awareness of the importance of organic cotton for smallscale producers and their communities.
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TE Shadow Audit

By: Ashley Gill

Shadow audit: when a standards-setting organization (like Textile Exchange) follows an audit by a certification body to one of their standards and observes how they are auditing against a standard the organization owns.

While TE was in Turkey for the Annual Textile Sustainability conference, we took advantage of the time an

A Seed Strategy for Everybody

Textile Exchange and the members of the Organic Cotton Round Table Seed Task Force would like your input as we prepare for our meeting in Istanbul on the 11th November. (Read on)

It’s both what you know and who you know.

The network of professionals working in textile sustainability spans the globe; they come from countless types of companies, and their knowledge covers a wide range of disciplines. Scientists and designers, product developers and production managers, VP’s and assistants; they’re all working to make textiles better. Chances are, if you’re reading this blog, you’re one of those people.

The First Mile

Looking back on the past year and looking forward to the years to come, there is increasing corporate attention to “the first mile.” The opposite of “the last mile” as it is used in the technology industry for the final connectivity to customers, the first mile signifies the initial origin of the raw materials that ultimately become our products, services, and energy. Read on

How standards support communication with consumers

A young mother stands in the aisle of a supermarket, her head going back and forth between the two products she holds in each hand while her toddler pulls every box of cereal off the shelf.  Her stress level is rising, as she is trying to make an educated guess at which product is safer for her family and the world.  Both products claim to be safe for consumers and the planet and are otherwise indistinguishable apart from a small logo on one

I Think Therefore I Am

It was a defining moment back in the 17th-century when Descartes said “I think therefore I am” and in effect put humanity on a pedestal above nature. (Read on)

Why Change the TE Membership Structure?

A new structure for TE Membership has been adopted this June for the first time in our 11 years of operating – some people have asked why.  Why change a structure that has served the industry for so many years?  The most simple answer is because the already complex textile industry has seen a dramatic shift in needs.  Supply chain transparency, fiber and material choices, and processing knowledge are just examples of the knowledge that

World Environment Day – Children Leading The Way

Wednesday 5th June is World Environment Day. On this day all of us – from all walks of life – are asked to think about the everyday things many of us take for granted Read more.

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