From the field to finished products, textile production practices have contributed to the destruction of our fragile atmosphere, altered biodiversity, and affected both the availability and quality of precious water.
Recognizing the International Panel on Climate Change’s warning that before 2030 we must halve emissions from textile production to avoid dangerous impacts from climate change, Ryan Young, Textile Exchange’s Chief Operating Officer from 2017 to late 2020, led the charge to create our ambitious 2030 strategy: Climate+ (pronounced “Climate-Plus”).
With this strategy, Textile Exchange will be the driving force for urgent climate action in the textile sector with a goal of 45% reduced greenhouse gas emissions from textile fiber and material production by 2030.
The “+” in Climate+ allows Textile Exchange to prioritize climate while continuing to address other impact areas that are closely interconnected with climate, including water, biodiversity, and soil health.
The “+” also is an acknowledgment that Textile Exchange cannot achieve this new 2030 goal on its own. Achieving the goal will require strong partnerships to accelerate the adoption of existing tools as well as enable disruptive innovation around new business models and zero-carbon materials.
Unfortunately, Ryan passed away from brain cancer in 2020 before he could see the fruits of his bold vision become reality.