May 24, 2017 | Textile Exchange is at the heart of a new sustainable cotton initiative launched in the UK by His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales.
At a high-level meeting held at The British Academy in London on May 24th, The Prince of Wales’s International Sustainability Unit announced the signing of a sustainable cotton communiqué by 13 of the world’s most renowned clothing and textile companies. ASOS, EILEEN FISHER, Greenfibres, H&M, IKEA, Kering, Levi Strauss & Co., Lindex, Marks & Spencer, Nike, Sainsbury’s, Tesco and Woolworths Holdings have committed to ensuring that 100% of the cotton they use comes from sustainable sources by 2025. It is great to see Textile Exchange members taking a lead in catalyzing the adoption of more sustainable grown cotton. Out of the 13 brands, 8 are Textile Exchange members (ASOS, EILEEN FISHER, H&M, Kering, Lindex, Marks & Spencer, Nike, Woolworths Holdings).
Textile Exchange will provide the reporting system through the Preferred Fiber and Materials Report that will chart progress towards the goal. TE European and Materials Strategy Director Liesl Truscott spoke at the event, and is pictured here showing His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales a display of organic and naturally coloured cotton.
Also at the meeting were TE Board Directors Anna-Karin Dahlberg (Lindex), Christine Goulay (Kering), Shona Quinn (EILEEN FISHER), and Alison Ward (CottonConnect).
Next steps for this project will include expanding this group and getting more brands to join the initiative and therefore, increase impact. The expanded group will be announced by Justin Mundy, the Director of the Prince of Wales International Sustainability Unit, at the Textile Exchange Sustainability Conference, Oct. 9th – 13th, 2017 in Washington D.C. For more information, click here.
Learn more about the Sustainable Cotton Communique on HRH The Prince of Wales International Sustainability Unit’s website here.
All photos courtesy of HRH The Prince of Wales’s International Sustainability Unit and IJP Event Photos.