Woman’s Day Magazine | Are Your Fast-Fashion Clothes Killing Farmers?

February 14, 2019 | By Erin Quinn-Kong Original Article on Woman’s Day  Meet La Rhea Pepper and the other women determined to change the industry. When La Rhea Pepper steps onto the 3,000-acre organic cotton farm in Lubbock, TX, that she and her husband, Terry, co-owned and managed for over a decade, she can practically feel him standing next to … Read More

Why the time is right for the Fiber & Materials Benchmark to step up and set the pace

Published: January 9, 2019 Written by: Liesl Truscott, Director of European & Materials Strategy for Textile Exchange Urgency, know-how, and expectation – the perfect storm The time is right. The tension created by the level of urgency, advancement in know-how, and soar in societal expectations means we can now act fast to transform the textile industry’s fiber and material sustainability ratings. We … Read More

Puerto Rico Cotton Study:

SAN JUAN, PUERTO RICO, December 20, 2018 — A study released today draws on the recent reintroduction of cotton to Haiti by the Smallholder Farmers Alliance (SFA) as the basis for mapping out a similar scenario for Puerto Rico. Both countries share a history of cotton production that has been halted for generations, and both countries have a tradition of small-scale … Read More

Milestone Fashion Industry Charter for Climate Action Launched

December 10, 2018 | Read Full Release Here Originally published by United Nations Climate Change News UN Climate Change News, 10 December 2018 – The global fashion sector today significantly increased momentum to address climate change by launching the Fashion Industry Charter for Climate Action. Under the auspices of UN Climate Change, leading fashion brands, retailers, supplier organizations, and others, including … Read More

The Cotton Connection Between Puerto Rico and Haiti

Smallholder Farmers Alliance members in Haiti harvesting cotton trials in January, 2018. Photo: Thomas Noreille / SFA Restarting cotton cultivation in Haiti and Puerto Rico became linked at the Textile Exchange Sustainability Conference in 2017, and significant progress was reported on both fronts at the 2018 conference in Milan. “The first commercial cotton crop in 30 years was planted by … Read More

Regenerative Earth Summit: Food + Fiber + Climate

Regenerative Earth Summit: Food + Fiber + Climate December 5-6, 2018 Sustainability, Energy and Environment Complex University of Colorado, Boulder The courage to act is rooted in an authentic sense of purpose. The Regenerative Earth Summit: Food + Fiber + Climate is convening influencers from the food and fashion industries to collaborate on elevating soil health through regenerative agriculture as … Read More

Recycled Polyester is Helping Lift Fiber’s Sales and Image

Originally posted on Sourcing Journal | October 8, 2018 Read Full Article Here Polyester’s image has seen roller coaster-like ups and downs over the years—from unaesthetic leisure suits and claims of microfiber pollution to high performance activewear that battles the elements. Now, it’s polyester’s recycled fibers with high environmental quotient that are in the spotlight. The global polyester staple fiber … Read More

Organic Cotton Takes Center Stage At Burkina Faso’s First International Cotton and Textiles Conference

Pour accéder à la version française, appuyez ici. Friday 28th September 2018 saw the launch of Textile Exchange’s first Regional Organic Cotton Round Table (OCRT) in West Africa, held in Koudougou, Burkina Faso, in collaboration with CRS and USDA during the inaugural Salon International du Cotton et du Textiles (SICOT). The agenda for the Regional OCRT was framed around insights … Read More

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