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

Forest for Fashion Event

The UN Economic Commission for Europe (UN ECE) is looking for partners to support and strengthen the narrative around sustainable forest management and the positive Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) impacts that can be created by using forest-derived products in the fashion sector.  Specifically, UNECE is looking for partners to provide the necessary co-funding or fashion collections to help realize an … Read More

SDG Resources Channel Online @

Textile Exchange has launched a set of online resources we’re calling SDG Resources Channel to support the industry’s engagement with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). This initiative follows on our successful conference in October 2017 where we incorporated the SDGs into the Agenda.  Learn from several of the SDG-related plenaries and breakouts that are included in the Channel from Textile Exchange Members, … Read More

A&E Collaborates With Applied DNA Sciences To Develop Anti-Counterfeiting Sewing Threads

Posted on March 2, 2018 by jblackburn MOUNT HOLLY, N. C. (March 2, 2018) – American & Efird (A&E), one of the world’s foremost manufacturers and distributors of industrial and consumer sewing thread, embroidery thread and technical textiles, announced today a collaborative agreement with Applied DNA Sciences, Inc. to develop sewing thread utilizing CertainT® anti-counterfeiting technology. “The CertainT Program is an innovative solution for … Read More


“To be a true luxury brand today you have to have a strong commitment to raw material.” Our #ResponsibleWool Standard in Wallpaper Magazine for supply chain transparency & ethical animal welfare. We’re proud of our members StellaMcCartney, H&M, Theory, Control Union and Chargeurs Wool for their leadership in wool. Read more at — Story by Wallpaper Magazine | February … Read More

Responsible Wool at the 2018 Winter Olympics

Textile Exchange member Ralph Lauren partnered w/ member Imperial Stock Ranch to make this year’s #TeamUSA uniform sweaters, hats & mittens w/ #ResponsibleWool, which ensures animal welfare & grazing land. — Article from SF Gate Published 11:05 pm, Friday, February 16, 2018 | Photo Credit: Ralph Lauren Imperial Stock Ranch Provides Wool for 2018 Winter Olympic Uniforms Read Full Article Here The … Read More

Timberland Is Helping Rebuild Haiti’s Cotton Industry | By Fast Company

Posted by Fast Company, BY BEN SCHILLER | February 9, 2018 Read Original Article Here Haiti hasn’t grown cotton in decades. Its once-abundant industry collapsed in the 1970s due to government corruption, economic mismanagement, and U.S. embargoes. But now, thanks to a project involving thousands of smallholder farmers, apparel brands like Timberland, and a blockchain network, it could be set for a comeback. Within … Read More

Successful Programs Start with Motivated Workers | By Sustainable Brands

This excerpt was originally posted on Sustainable Brands, February 1, 2018. Read Full Article Here.  News Deeply, in partnership with Sustainable Brands, has produced a series of profiles looking at how brands are tackling some of the world’s biggest challenges. The goal is to examine trends and gather insights from a new wave of corporate citizenship — in an era when … Read More