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

In 2015, the global community of businesses, governments, and civil society organizations agreed to the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), an unprecedented set of targets for people, planet, prosperity, and peace. The SDGs offer a framework to drive business value while impacting a transformative set of sustainability, economic, and social targets. Textile Exchange joined forces with KPMG LLP, a leading … Read More

ISPO Munich 2018: Interview with Textile Exchange

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 … Read More

Patagonia uses #ResponsibleWool in all Products

Celebrate Wool Times … Patagonia   |   Jun 14, 2018  via Patagonia In 2015, we made the conscious decision to put a pause on our wool sourcing “until we can assure our customers of a verifiable process that ensures the humane treatment of animals.” We are happy to have accomplished our goal and to update you that as of fall 2018, all of … Read More

Profile on LaRhea Pepper, Managing Director of Textile Exchange

Article from INTENT | May 1, 2018 Read full article here  LaRhea is an organic cotton farmer and Managing Director of Textile Exchange.  Being a fifth generation cotton farmer, what has growing up in a cotton farming context taught you about our ecosystem? Generation is such a lovely word. It is a place we come from, our heritage, and a … Read More

Let’s Talk About Sustainability

Original article posted on LYST. Written by Chloe Jagger. Read full article here.  Let’s Talk About Sustainability Sustainability is a buzzword that many people are sick of hearing, but with increasing pressure on all of us to protect the planet’s scarce natural resources, there is never a better time to go green. From the materials we should avoid to tips on how … Read More

2017 Preferred Fiber and Materials (PFM) Benchmark Annual Insights Report

The PFM Benchmark Annual Insights Report provides insight into the collective progress and impacts of the benchmarking companies in the context of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The United Nations High Level Political Forum will review responsible consumption and production under SDG 12 in 2018, making the timing of this report an ideal opportunity to focus on this important theme. … Read More

The North Face and the National Park Foundation Partner to Promote Sustainability

Article from California Apparel News | Published on Thursday, April 19, 2018 by Dorothy Crouch Long known as an outdoor brand whose apparel shields its customers from the elements as its corporate mission protects the environment from threats, Alameda, Calif.–based The North Face encourages customers to lead active lifestyles and take action to protect nature. The company’s most recent venture, called the … Read More

REI rolls out rigorous new sustainability standards for suppliers

REI Chief Executive Jerry Stritzke calls the sustainability standards “transformative” in the co-op’s 80-year-old history. (REI) Article from The Seattle Times | Published April 8, 2018 at 11:00 am by Benjamin Romano Policies unveiled Monday by the big consumer co-op mean suppliers that can’t or won’t meet REI requirements in areas such as manufacturing labor safety and fairness, chemical usage, environmental … Read More

West African organic cotton sector gains momentum

Article from Apparel Insider | Published April 28 by Brett Matthews US textile industry NGO, Textile Exchange, has announced the launch of a Regional Organic Roundtable to help develop the organic cotton sector in West Africa. The announcement comes closely on the back of recent news that West Africa’s first organic cotton gin is now up and running in Burkina Faso, … Read More

Regional OCRT Launches In West Africa As Part Of New Partnership With Catholic Relief Services

Textile Exchange is delighted to announce a new collaboration with Catholic Relief Services (CRS) on a series of organic cotton focused activities in West Africa. These include a Market Opportunity Scoping Project (MOSP), a documentary-style video showcasing the region’s organic cotton sector, and the launch of a Regional Organic Cotton Round Table (OCRT) in Koudougou, about 100 km from Ouagadougou, … Read More