Textile Exchange Industry Engagement Hub


Welcome to Textile Exchange’s Industry Engagement Hub! Here you will find an overview of our special projects and programs. Textile Exchange works to create leaders in the sustainable fiber and materials industry by providing learning opportunities, tools, insight, standards, data, measurement and benchmarking —and by building a community that can collectively accomplish what no individual or company can do alone.  For any inquiries please contact Payton@TextileExchange.org

2025 SUSTAINABLE COTTON CHALLENGE

The 2025 Sustainable Cotton Challenge challenges retailers and brands to champion the greater use of sustainable cotton by aiming that 100% of the cotton from their supply chains comes from the most sustainable sources. Addressing the land water, and social impacts of cotton supply chains will also move the textile industry closer to achieving the UN SDG’s.

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Preferred Fiber & Materials Benchmark

The PFM 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 in 2015 to a fully-fledged Index in 2016. The program has doubled in 2017 with over 95 companies participating.

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RECYCLED POLYESTER COMMITMENT

So far, 58 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 Fiber and Materials Benchmark Survey.

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To join other leading brands and retailers in committing to at least a 25% increase in rPET usage by 2020, click the below button.

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TRANSITIONAL COTTON CHALLENGE

We have developed this resource page to support participants of Glasgow Caledonian University’s The Fair Fashion Center’s Blended Cotton Challenge. Below you will find information about organic and transitional cotton (sometimes also called ‘cotton in transition’).

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Working Groups

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 industries, initiatives and governments.

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The Responsible Leather Round Table is a platform through which a diverse body of stakeholders will be able to collaborate, cooperate, and address the challenges facing the global leather supply chain, from reputational risk to environmental impacts, and beyond.

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Impact Database Steering Group

The Impact Database System (IDS) provides a solution by providing a consolidated view of a company’s fiber and material impacts on a portfolio level with additional capabilities to drill down to fiber and product level. This is made possible by pulling information on fiber and portfolio usage from PFM Benchmark Program; traceable certification and value added data across multiple standards from the Centralized Database System; and production and impacts data from Textile Exchange’s data collection process. Funding is needed for data mapping, systems integration, data warehousing and analytics to make this happen

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Email Evonne@TextileExchange.org

Translation Support for Chinese Microsite

China is the world's largest textile garment producer and the third largest importer, making it both a key market for supply and demand, and an important audience to inspire and equip for sustainable practices. Having a microsite specific to China ensures that relevant content is packaged for the Chinese audience especially in the context of the Chinese regulatory requirements and delivered in Chinese as English proficiency in the country still lingers from basic to intermediate. Financial sponsorship is sought for translation and microsite development.

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Email Evonne@TextileExchange.org

Home & Hospitality Working Group

In 2017, Textile Exchange formed a multi-stakeholder working group to serve the specific needs of the Home & Hospitality Sector. Our primary objective is to better understand the preferred fiber and materials needs and priorities of this industry sector and to feed this information into the planning and delivery of activities. Acting as conveners and leveraging from our libraries and experts in Standards and Fiber and Materials, Textile Exchange is helping develop best practices to accelerate sustainability in this vital segment of the market.

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Email Celeste@TextileExchange.org

Carbon In-setting Task Force

Carbon insetting is a new concept that focuses the brand's carbon investment within its own supply network, rewarding sustainable behavior and building resiliency in addition to the sequestering carbon. This White Paper will provide new insight into how and where carbon insetting is most applicable to textile supply networks, and whether a textile-specific insetting standard would help accelerate the use of this innovative carbon sequestration vehicle.

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Email Ryan@TextileExchange.org

Central Database Steering Group

Textile Exchange and GOTS are collaborating to develop a shared database in 2018 that integrates certification data directly from the current certification bodies. By centralizing certification data, Textile Exchange and GOTS seek to lower the total cost of certification by automating verification and volume reconciliation, reducing fraud, enabling risk-based verification, and enabling more accurate impact and supply chain reporting.

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Email Ryan@TextileExchange.org