We are textile exchange

Textile Exchange is a global nonprofit that creates leaders in the preferred fiber and materials industry.

What we do: In short, we build a community that can collectively accomplish what no individual or company can do alone. We develop, manage, and promote a suite of leading industry standards, as well as collect and publish critical industry data and insights that enable brands and retailers to measure, manage, and track their use of preferred fiber and materials. 

How we do it: With a robust membership representing leading brands, retailers, and suppliers, Textile Exchange is positively impacting the climate through accelerating the use of preferred fibers across the global textile industry.

Climate+: With our new Climate+ strategy, Textile Exchange is the driving force for urgent climate action on textile fiber and materials with a goal of 45% reduced CO2 emissions from textile fiber and material production by 2030. By benchmarking the industry and providing actionable tools for improvement, Textile Exchange is driving a race to the top. Learn more here.

Mission

Textile Exchange inspires and equips people to accelerate adoption of preferred materials in the textile value chain. We focus on carbon reduction, soil health, water and biodiversity as part of our holistic approach to drive positive impact for the entire industry. 

strategy

Our strategy is to accelerate climate action in the textile industry by providing trusted data and reporting, market-based solutions, and a community that can do what no single company or organization can do alone. 

Our Goals

We work closely with our members and leaders across the textile sector to accomplish five principal goals: 

  • Drive an increase in the adoption of preferred fibers and materials.
  • Increase integrity throughout the value chain via the adoption of standards and certifications.
  • Enable collective impact and action across the industry. 
  • Raise awareness about the positive, meaningful changes accomplished.
  • Use the Sustainable Development Goals as a common vocabulary and reporting framework. 

Vision

We envision a global textile industry that protects and restores the environment, while enhancing lives. By 2030 we aspire to guide the textile industry to reduce GHG emissions (CO2 equivalents) by 45% from a 2020 baseline.   

History

Founded as Organic Exchange in 2002, Textile Exchange is a global non-profit organization that works closely with all sectors of the textile supply chain. Textile Exchange identifies and shares best practices regarding farming, materials, processing, traceability, and product end-of-life in order to create positive impacts on the environment. Textile Exchange expanded from a focus solely on organic cotton in 2010 to include a diverse preferred fiber and materials portfolio 

OUR STANDARDS

Textile Exchange develops and manages a suite of standards that provide the industry with a way to verify sustainability claims from the raw material to the final product. All Textile Exchange standards are developed through a multi-stakeholder approach to address gaps in available verification tools. We work to ensure these standards meet the needs of a growing and changing industry. Learn more about our standards here.

ocs

Organic Content Standard

The Organic Content Standard (OCS) is an international, voluntary standard that sets requirements for third-party certification of certified organic input and chain of custody. The goal of the OCS is to increase organic agriculture production. Learn more.

GRS

Global Recycled Standard

The Global Recycled Standard (GRS) is an international, voluntary standard that sets requirements for third-party certification of recycled input and chain of custody. The goal of the standard is to increase the use of recycled materials. The GRS includes additional criteria for social and environmental processing requirements and chemical restrictions. Learn more.

RCS

Recycled Claim Standard

The Recycled Claim Standard (RCS) is an international, voluntary standard that sets requirements for third-party certification of recycled input and chain of custody. The goal of the standard is to increase the use of recycled materials. Learn more.

RDS

Responsible Down Standard

The Responsible Down Standard (RDS) aims to ensure that down and feathers come from animals that have not been subjected to any unnecessary harm. The standard also provides companies and consumers with a tool to know what is in their products, and to make accurate claims. Learn more.

RWS

Responsible Wool Standard

The Responsible Wool Standard (RWS) is a voluntary standard that addresses the welfare of sheep and the land they graze on. The goals of the standard are to provide the industry with a tool to recognize the best practices of farmers; ensuring that wool comes from farms that have a progressive approach to managing their land, practice holistic respect for animal welfare of the sheep and respect the Five Freedoms of animal welfare. Learn more.

RMS

Responsible Mohair Standard

The Responsible Mohair Standard (RMS) is a voluntary standard that addresses the welfare of goats and the land they graze on. The goals of the standard are to provide the industry with a tool to recognize the best practices of farmers; ensuring that mohair comes from farms that have a progressive approach to managing their land, practice holistic respect for animal welfare of the goats and respect the Five Freedoms of animal welfare. Learn more.

CCS

Content Claim Standard

The Content Claim Standard (CCS) is the foundation of all Textile Exchange standards. It is a chain of custody standard that provides companies with a tool to verify that one or more specific input materials are in a final product. Learn more.

frequently asked questions

Please view our Frequently Asked Questions here to learn more about Textile Exchange’s Standards, Preferred Fiber & Materials, Membership, Communications and Conference.