The OCRT Innovation Award is a celebration of new ideas in organic cotton. It aims to seek out groups or individuals with innovative solutions to break through barriers to growth and discover new ways for the organic cotton community to flourish – from producer to consumer.

This page showcases our Innovation Award Alumni – the talented and inspiring winners, runner-ups and finalists of the 2015, 2016 and 2017 OCRT Innovation Award. We will soon be adding updates on how the Alumni’s projects are progressing – so come back soon to see how they are getting on!

Innovator: Marzia Lanfranchi
Organization: Cotton Diaries
Country: UK/Italy
Project: Connecting stories, from crop to cloth. Cotton Diaries is an interactive documentary that revives the human connection between the people who grow, make and use cotton.
Website: www.cottondiaries.com
Email: marzia@cottondiaries.com


Innovator: Tobias Meier
Organization: ecos
Country: Switzerland (and Mali, Burkina Faso, Benin, Senegal)
Project: Establishing a sourcing-coalition for organic fairtrade cotton from West Africa, aiming to improve market access for tens of thousands of smallholder farming families.
Website: www.ecos.ch
Email: tobias.meier@ecos.ch


Innovator: Lucy Rao
Organization: Pamba Mali Organic Cotton Initiative
Country: Kenya
Project: Pamba Mali is a social enterprise at its pilot stage with a goal to eliminate poverty and hunger among smallholder farmers in western Kenya by growing cotton organically. Pamba Mali believes in the power of entrepreneurship and investment in women.
Website: www.facebook.com/PambaMali/
Email: lucyrialto@yahoo.com


Innovator: Marci Zaroff
Organization: MetaWear
Country: USA
Project: With a commitment to ethical production, certified organic fibers and renewable energy, MetaWear is the nation’s leading sustainable fashion manufacturer and turnkey solution for stylish “made in the USA,” GOTS-certified, screen-printed and dyed t-shirts and other custom goods.
Website: www.metawearorganic.com


Innovator: Robert Mathew / Ram Chavan
Organization: FabriKolor
Country: India
Project: fabriKolor is a socio-cultural movement to support women empowerment, organic clothing, sustainable community development and environment protection. fabriKolor works with low-income marginalised women to produce naturally dyed organic clothing using organic cotton.
Website: www.fabrikolor.com  
Email: info@fabrikolor.com


Innovator: Martín Alonso
Organization: StayTrueOrganic
Country: Argentina
Project: StayTrueOrganic has initiated a self-sustainable biodynamic farm based on organic cotton cultivation in the native QOM community, utilizing the business to inspire solutions for educational, health and social problems in the region.
Website: www.staytrueorganic.com
Email: martin@staytrueorganic.com


Christine Goulay (Chair) – Sustainable Sourcing Specialist, Kering
Arun Ambatipudi – Executive Director, Chetna Organic
Subindu Garkhel – Cotton Product Manager, Fairtrade International
Ben Ramsden – Chief Community Officer/ Co-Founder, Resonance
Heinrich Shultz – Managing Director, OrganiMark
Bruno Van Steenberghe – Founder, Kalani S.A.

(Left to right: Subindu Garkhel, Bruno Van Steenberghe, Ben Ramsden, Arun Ambatipudi, Christine Goulay)


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