At our 2019 Textile Sustainability Conference held last month, Textile Exchange announced its new 2030 Strategy: Climate+ (pronounced Climate-Plus) and we are thrilled to share this information with those who were unable to attend.
Under the Climate+ strategic direction, Textile Exchange will be the driving force for urgent climate action with a goal of 35-45% reduced CO2 emissions from textile fibre and material production by 2030.
Textile Exchange’s Managing Director, La Rhea Pepper said, “The Climate+ Strategy is a way to bring the priority of climate, biodiversity, and carbon to the heart of our work with preferred fibers and materials.”
For years, Textile Exchange has promoted practices, standards, and resources that benefit the climate. Adopting the Climate+ Strategy makes climate a deliberate priority and organizational focus for an impact area that requires immediate attention and for which we have many existing tools and resources. The “+” in Climate+ allows Textile Exchange to prioritize climate while continuing to address other impact areas that are interconnected with climate in most situations (e.g., water, biodiversity, forests, soil and animal welfare). The “+” is also an acknowledgement that Textile Exchange cannot achieve this new 2030 goal of 35-45% reduction in CO2 emissions from preferred fibre and material production on its own. Achieving the Climate+ goal will require strong partnerships to accelerate adoption of existing tools as well as enable disruptive innovation around new business models and zero carbon materials.
Under the Climate+ Strategy Textile Exchange will continue Creating Material Change in collaboration with its members and partners.