Textile Exchange Press Releases

Textile Exchange report highlights concerns with recent increase in adoption of genetically modified (GM) cotton in Africa

According to a new Textile Exchange Pan-Africa Sourcing Working Group white paper, “Cotton in Africa: Sustainability at a Crossroads,“ an increasing number of countries in Africa are choosing to adopt genetically modified (GM) cotton, defined as cotton that has had its genetic material (DNA) altered in a manner that does not occur naturally. However, Africa appears to be of two minds: while seven out of its 54 countries permit GM cotton production, four have opted out. Many other countriesare in the consideration phase.

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Textile Exchange Releases Second Annual 2025 Sustainable Cotton Challenge Report

The 2025 Sustainable Cotton Challenge (2025 Challenge) serves as a cornerstone for change in the apparel and textile industry by encouraging brands and retailers to commit to source 100 percent of their cotton from the most sustainable sources by the year 2025. This second annual 2025 Sustainable Cotton Challenge report includes information and statistics on the achievements and impacts that the initiatives in this program are having on water, communities, soil quality, biodiversity, and social considerations and regulations.

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Fashion Positive Announces New Executive Director

The Fashion Positive Advisory Council is pleased to announce that Sasha Radovich will be its new Executive Director. Sasha’s proven leadership will help Fashion Positive maximize its strategy to help support fashion brands and manufacturers in reaching their Sustainable Development Goals and Science Basted Targets. Specifically, Sasha will help the industry make significant progress in the reduction of landfill waste, resource usage, CO2 and GHG emissions, as well as other important metrics.

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Textile Exchange launches revamped Material Change Index tracking industry progress toward more sustainable materials sourcing.

With 170 companies participating, the Material Change Index (MCI) is the largest voluntary peer-to-peer comparison initiative in the textile industry. It tracks the apparel, footwear and home textile sector’s progress toward more sustainable materials sourcing, as well as alignment with global efforts like the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the transition to a circular economy.

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2019 Preferred Fiber & Materials Report

Textile Exchange’s Preferred Fiber and Materials Market Report (PFMR) measures the production of fiber and materials with improved social and environmental impacts – known as Preferred. This in-depth report focuses on the industry’s supply side, analyzing production volumes, availability and emerging fiber trends.

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