Responsible Leather Initiative

In 2017, we formed the Responsible Leather Initiative with the goal to bring together stakeholders and define an industry solution to work towards. The outcome was the decision to create a Roundtable, with three key priorities: to drive the development of a global standard, to serve as a platform to share information, and to be a collective voice with other … Read More

Recycled Polyester Commitment

More than 54 renowned textile, apparel and retail companies—including major brands such as adidas, Dibella, Eileen Fisher, Gap Inc., H&M, IKEA, Lindex, MetaWear, Target and Timberland—have committed or are supporting an increase in their use of Recycled Polyester (rPET) by at least 25% by 2020. The commitment will be tracked via participation in the Polyester Module of Textile Exchange’s annual Preferred … Read More

Benchmarking Program and Report

The Preferred Fiber & Materials Benchmark is becoming the industry standard for peer comparisons and experience-based performance improvement, increasingly no one wants to be left behind. In just two years the program has gone from a pilot to a fully-fledged Index. Over 95 companies took part in 2017 and we are expecting growth this year. Funding is now needed to … Read More

Transitional Cotton Challenge

The TCC is an initiative that challenges and encourages companies to move towards incorporating 5% organic cotton into their supply by 2020. Research has shown that organically grown cotton is the best process for securing long-term supply of the fiber by sustaining the health of soil and ecosystems, as well as improving the livelihoods of farmers and communities. A blended approach will address … Read More

2025 Sustainable Cotton Challenge

Textile Exchange and it’s members believe that there is a necessity for cotton to be produced and used more sustainably not only to reduce its burden on the environment, but also as a pathway to lift millions of people out of poverty. Cotton is also an important rotational crop for smallholders and the cash income it creates is vital for … Read More

New Biosynthetics Website and Guide Launched

Textile Exchange has just launched a new website focused on textiles made from sugars, biomass and plant oils – AboutBiosynthetics.org – along with an accompanying “Quick Guide to Biosynthetics“. In the future, we could be wearing clothes made from sugars, plants, algae, fungi and bacteria. Even today, our shirts could be made from sugar cane and our stockings from castor … Read More

Textile Exchange’s Responsible Wool Standard & Argentina Fact Sheet

Textile Exchange announced on November 8, 2017 that the language, content and best practices of its Responsible Wool Standard (RWS) will be used by two key Argentina organizations as a basis for the outreach to and training of regional farmers. This represents the first time Textile Exchange—a global non-profit that promotes the adoption of preferred fibers, integrity and standards and … Read More

Kering & Textile Exchange Release Organic Cotton Guides

Kering and Textile Exchange published two comprehensive guides on the organic cotton trade today in order to provide a blueprint for companies sourcing organic cotton, and incorporating it into their supply chains. As easy-to use tools, the guides demonstrate best practices and sourcing models for a more responsible trade.  Overall, the guides lift much of the burden off of sourcing … Read More

WHAT DOES “RESPONSIBLE DOWN” REALLY MEAN?

Written by Ashley Gill, Textile Exchange’s Senior Manager of Integrity | Originally posted on Outdoor Research You might notice a blue logo on our website and hangtags for some of your favorite cold weather gear, labeled Responsible Down Standard (RDS). Products with this logo comply with RDS, an important certification for the humane practices and processes of collecting down insulation. We invited … Read More