Textile Exchange is a global non-profit that works closely with our members to drive industry transformation in preferred fibers, integrity and standards and responsible supply networks.


The industry relies on our expertise when making informed decisions about which preferred fibers and materials to use and in communicating a product’s sustainability attributes to consumers.

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Standards and certifications are one of the most powerful transparency tools in the industry. See how we certify best practices in farming, animal welfare, and product processing.

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We work to create leaders in the 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.

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View our database of information on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and other helpful resources to aide in overall understanding of how sourcing countries and peer companies are engaging with the SDGs.

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Our annual global conference benefits professionals working in corporate social responsibility and sustainability, sourcing and supply chains, product and business development, design, education, and advocacy.  Our theme—UNITED BY ACTION: Accelerating Sustainability in Textiles & Fashion—will guide robust discussions at plenaries and break out sessions. Learn more here!



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A membership with Textile Exchange will help you navigate the complicated maze of the sustainable textile industry. We are a global nonprofit organization that focuses on minimizing the harmful impacts of the global textile industry and maximizing its positive effects. We partner with organizations of all types and sizes who want to advance their sustainability efforts. Since 2002 we have helped to establish best practices and fair business models for the entire supply network, from farm to retail.

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Recycled Polyester is Helping Lift Fiber’s Sales and Image

Polyester’s recycled fibers with high environmental quotient are in the spotlight. ‘Recycled polyester is going to continue to grow and Textile Exchange is doing a lot of work on it.’- Karla Magruder, founder of Fabrikology/lead for Textile Exchange’s rPET Working Group

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Threading the Needle: Weaving SDGs in the Textile, Retail, and Apparel Industry

Textile Exchange joined forces with KPMG LLP  to develop this report: a culmination of industry interviews, non-government organization inputs, and desk research, the report highlights practical examples for companies in the sector and beyond, grappling with how to integrate the SDGs into their core business and global supply chain.

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Centralized Database System (CDS)

Textile Exchange is proud to announce the development of our Centralized Database System developed by ChainPoint. CDS was conceived by Textile Exchange and GOTS to drive the impact of sustainability standards for those involved in the cotton supply chain. By creating one single system for certification bodies and certified sites, the efficiency and effectiveness of the certification process will increase.

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Burkina Faso | Regional Organic Cotton Round Table

The Regional OCRT will take place on 28th September 2018 in Koudougou, Burkina Faso. The Regional OCRT will put the spotlight on opportunities for organic cotton in the region, as well as on finding solutions to the region’s main barriers to growth.

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2017 Preferred Fiber & Materials (PFM) Benchmark Participants

A World Wide Program consisting of 97 Companies | 19 Countries | 73 Returnees | 24 New Participants

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At ISPO Munich 2018 Micheal Schragger from The Sustainable Fashion Academy together with the European Outdoor Group and ISPO set out to get the industries perspective on the current state of its sustainability efforts and conducted interviews with a number of experts, including Textile Exchange’s Senior Manager of Industry Integrity, Ashley Gill. Learn about how the Responsible Down Standard creates supply chain transparency among leading apparel brands.

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Patagonia x Responsible Wool Standard

Via Patagonia: We are happy to have accomplished our goal and to update you that as of fall 2018, all of the wool in our products has been certified to the Responsible Wool Standard (RWS), from farm to finished product. As part of our wider responsibly sourced wool strategy, we have worked not only with the farmers raising the sheep but with our entire manufacturing supply chain to obtain certification to the RWS. This has meant that everyone from the scourer/top maker (who washes and initially processes the raw or greasy wool), the spinner (who takes the clean wool and turns it into yarn), to the finished goods factory all underwent audits to ensure they had strict chain of custody practices in place. This ensures that the responsible wool that was shorn at the certified farms was not mixed or swapped with conventional wool from other sources. This effort has spanned multiple supply chains and countries. In 2015 there were no RWS certified wool farms nor processors, but since then Patagonia and other concerned brands, suppliers and ranchers have helped increase adoption within the industry.

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To be a true luxury brand today you have to have a strong commitment to raw material.” Our #ResponsibleWool Standard in Wallpaper Magazine for supply chain transparency & ethical animal welfare. Written by Laura Hawkins, Photography Geordie Wood.

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Responsible Wool at the 2018 Winter Olympics

Textile Exchange member Ralph Lauren partnered w/ member Imperial Stock Ranch to make this year’s #TeamUSA uniform sweaters, hats & mittens w/ #ResponsibleWool, which ensures animal welfare & grazing land. (Photo Ralph Lauren)

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Quick Guide to Biosynthetics

Textile Exchange’s Quick Guide to Biosynthetics is a concise review of the opportunities offered by developments in this area. Biosynthetics form part of Textile Exchange’s portfolio of Preferred Fiber & Materials (PFMs) because of their potential to reduce the textile industry’s dependence on fossil fuels and shrink its carbon footprint, while producing innovative, high performance materials.

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Kering & Textile Exchange release organic cotton trade guides

Kering and Textile Exchange published two comprehensive guides on the organic cotton trade in order to provide a blueprint for companies sourcing organic cotton, and incorporating it into their supply chains. The guides demonstrate best practices and sourcing models for a more responsible trade.

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Take a look at how Textile Exchange member Columbia Sportswear uses the Responsible Down Standard in their supply chain for the OutDry Extreme ECO Down Jacket. #TestedTough

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What does Responsible Down Really Mean?

The Responsible Down Standard is a global standard for best practices in animal welfare throughout a brand’s entire retail supply chain. Ashley Gill, Textile Exchange’s Senior Manager of Integrity, further explains.

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Over 36 major brands pledge to achieve sustainable cotton by 2025

36 major brands and retailers have now signed up to the 100% by 2025 pledge, including four of Forbes magazine’s list of the world’s ten largest global apparel brands and three of the top 10 UK clothing retailers. Read more about this Sustainable Cotton Communiqué pledge here.

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Textile Exchange rPET Challenge

More than 45 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. Read more about this announcement from Textile Sustainability Conference 2017.


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Texas Organic Cotton Marketing Cooperative 2018 Fall Field Day


Global Forum on Responsible Leather

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The Sustainable Cotton Project Farm Tour

2018 Cotton Farm Tour Presented by the Sustainable Cotton Project (SCP)

An Introduction to BCI and Better Cotton

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