Textile Exchange Press Releases

2019 Organic Cotton Market Report

Latest figures show that global production of organic cotton fiber reached 180,971 metric tons (MT) in 2017/2018 – the highest volume seen since 2009/2010 when the financial crisis led to a dramatic decline. Textile Exchange, the only organization to collect and report on global organic cotton production data, estimates that this growth is set to continue, with India, Tanzania, Turkey, Kyrgyzstan and China all having significant areas of cotton-growing land in transition to organic.

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Textile Exchange News Release – 2030 Strategic Direction and Conference Outcomes

Textile Exchange just completed another record-breaking Textile Sustainability Conference in Vancouver, British Columbia on October 15-18. The 2019 conference was the largest conference on the topic of sustainable textiles ever held in North America with more than 900 industry leaders registered from 48 countries! The conference served as the platform for Textile Exchange to announce its new 2030 Strategy: Climate+, which is all the more fitting that for the first time in its history, the conference was recognized as being climate neutral.

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Textile Exchange Stands Behind LCA of Organic Cotton

Textile Exchange’s 2014 Life Cycle Analysis (LCA) of Organic Cotton that was produced in 2014 by thinkstep (formerly PE International and now part of Sphera), a neutral third-party, is being questioned in an opinion piece that will be published by Apparel Insider in its bi-monthly printed magazine expected to come out November 2019. The overall intent of the articles written by this author (in the upcoming publication and previously in the May 2019 issue) appears to be to create doubt around the environmental benefits of organic and other sustainable cotton initiatives. This is being done by attempting to discredit the water-saving data that is reported in the LCA of Organic Cotton.

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Textile Exchange Releases First Annual 2025 Sustainable Cotton Challenge Report

The 2025 Sustainable Cotton Challenge serves as a cornerstone for change in the apparel and textile industry by encouraging brands and retailers to commit to source 100% of their cotton from the most sustainable sources by the year 2025. The Challenge was formed in 2017 when His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales convened a group of CEOs through the work of his International Sustainability Unit that existed to address critical challenges facing the world. Those original 13 CEOs committed to work together to accelerate the use of sustainable cotton, which paved the way for other industry leaders to follow – resulting in 39 companies now committed to sourcing 100% sustainable cotton by 2025.

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Textile Exchange and KPMG Develop an SDG Roadmap for the Apparel, Retail and Textile Sector

KPMG and Textile Exchange Develop an SDG Roadmap for the Apparel, Retail and Textile SectorThe Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) —a set of 17 universally agreed-upon goals addressing the top current environmental, social and economic issues—offer many business opportunities for companies while addressing critical operational risks, according to a new report produced by audit, tax and advisory firm KPMG LLP, in partnership with the non-profit organization, Textile Exchange, “Threading the Needle: Weaving the Sustainable Development Goals into the Textile, Retail and Apparel Industry.”

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Textile Exchange Sustainability Conference partners with the 5thbluesign® Conference

St.Gallen/Lamesa, Texas; August 21, 2018 – Sustainable textile and apparel production will take center stage in October in Milan as two leading organizations – bluesign technologies and Textile Exchange – collaborate and descend on the legendary fashion capital to hold back-to-back conferences over the course of five days. Industry leaders, including some of the world’s most recognized brands and retailers, will convene to discuss the most important sustainability challenges facing the sector.

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