Textile Exchange – July 2022 News

Uncover this year’s Material Change Insights Report

Last month marked the launch of our annual Material Change Insights Report. The analysis maps out progress towards more sustainable sourcing at the raw material level of the fashion and textile supply chain, using data from Textile Exchange’s Corporate Fibers and Materials Benchmark (CFMB).

As the largest peer-to-peer comparison initiative in the industry, this year saw 292 brands come together to collectively track their efforts, providing a holistic overview of the industry’s direction of travel in everything from traceability to degrowth. Discover the key takeaways

Follow our progress at industry events

Global Fashion Summit
From June 7-8, members of the Textile Exchange team attended the Global Fashion Summit (GFS) where our Chief Strategy Officer Ashley Gill spoke about the newly launched GFA Monitor 2022, a new report to guide fashion leaders towards a net positive fashion industry. These sessions represented voices across the industry and raised challenging topics while also commending those with ambitious sustainability commitments.

Better Cotton Conference  

Rui Fontoura, our Cotton and Crops Lead, and Evonne Tan, our Director of Data and Technology, spoke at sessions on regenerative agriculture, traceability, and the Delta Project at the Better Cotton Conference from June 21-23. Stakeholders from across the sector met in Malmö and online to discuss critical climate issues facing the cotton industry. The Better Cotton Initiative (BCI) shared plans to have regional focus areas and named soil health as a main priority, with water and biodiversity inseparable to it.

Claire at NYT Climate Week 

On June 30, Claire Bergkamp, COO, spoke on a panel discussion “Can Fashion Be Sustainable?” The panel was moderated by Fashion Director and Chief Fashion Critic at The New York Times, Vanessa Friedman, other panelists included speakers from Depop, Longchamp and Ganni. Panelists discussed what we can do to scale sustainability across the fashion industry, how much consumption is too much, and how can we flip the fashion equation and harness the power of consumers and their digital behaviors, as well as the motivations and desires of trendsetters around the world, for climate-forward style solutions. Catch up on the panel here.

OCA Contributors Meeting  

Rui Fontoura, our Cotton and Crops Lead, also took part in the “Navigating Organic Certification” panel discussion at the Organic Cotton Accelerator Contributors Meeting, addressing the state of organic cotton and the textile certification system. The event brought together on-the-ground experts to speak about the current ideas and initiatives to increase transparency and drive positive action in the industry.

Catch up on our visit to meet organic cotton farmers in Brazil

Textile Exchange’s Latin America Ambassador Silvio Moraes visited the Northeastern region of Brazil, an area historically known for its cotton production, which is now becoming revived for organic cotton in particular. He noticed projects with the inclusion of cotton in intercropping had a beneficial impact on the well-being of rural communities and there was overall great potential for increased organic cotton production in the area.  At the same time, however, there are few young farmers interested in working with organic cotton, and improvement to be made in terms of crop productivity.

Sign up to our upcoming webinars

​​​​JULY 7​​​ —​​​​​​ Development of Unified Standards System
Join our Director of Standards, Laura Kohler, for an update on the development of the unified standard. This one-hour session will bring stakeholders up to speed on what we are undertaking in the process to create a unified system across our eight standards, including the scope of key impact areas for fibers and materials, the project timeline, and our progress to date. Participants will walk away with a better understanding of our reasons for this significant milestone in our standards, upcoming opportunities to contribute/share feedback, and the planned implementation dates. Register here →

JULY 21​​​ —​​​​​​ Round Table Restructuring
Textile Exchange has run Round Tables for the past nine years, attracting farm groups, manufacturers, brands, retailers, traders, NGOs, and trade associations to individual sessions.

The Round Tables have created an engaged, empowered, and informed group of stakeholders that continue to share best practices and identify market barriers. During 2022 and beyond we will pivot our Round Tables and the emphasis will be more action-oriented to help us deliver our ambitious Climate + strategy. This webinar will provide an update on how we have restructured them to align the industry on common actionable goals and provide a direction of travel to reach our Climate+ outcomes. Register here

Share your feedback on our standards

At Textile Exchange, we value the collection of feedback to continuously improve our standards system. We encourage stakeholders to submit feedback related to our standards through the Textile Exchange Standards Feedback Form. Feedback received will be reviewed at the beginning of each standard revision process.

Be part of the 2022 Corporate Fiber and Materials Benchmark

The Corporate Fiber and Materials Benchmark (CFMB) program, home to the Material Change Index (MCI), has entered its eighth cycle and the 2022 survey is now open for brands and retailers. It will open in July for manufacturers and suppliers. The 2022 Survey submission window is open until Friday, September 2, 2022.  Log back in or register to the CFMB Portal   →

As a part of our support services, we are conducting Getting Started Workshops in June for both beginners and returnees, across different time zones. Please register now or view recordings on The Hub if you can’t make it. Weekly drop-in clinics will also run every Thursday, through July and August. Find out more in the 2022 support schedule.

Join us to celebrate 30 years of TENCEL™ Lyocell

TENCEL™ Lyocell was created in Alabama 30 years ago by the company Lenzing, which is part of our global network of members. Today, TENCEL™ Lyocell forms the basis for its most popular fiber varieties of TENCEL™. Look back on the progress made over the last three decades in our latest member’s interview, a space where companies in our global network share their stories to inspire and promote action in the industry. Read the interview here.

Meet our newest members

  • Amiha Agro Pvt. Ltd
  • Azolla
  • Elevate Textiles
  • Fashion Impact Fund
  • Fibrevolution – Bast Fiber Producers
  • Gaysco Pty Ltd.
  • Iskur Group
  • it fits – Organic Textile Partner
  • Soarce
  • Spyder
  • swatchbook
  • Telio
  • Terra Genesis International
  • Textiles2Textiles B.V.
  • Vestechpro

View our open positions

Do you want to help us accelerate on climate change across the fashion and textile industry? See our job zone to view the latest open positions from Textile Exchange, as well as finding new roles from some of our member companies.

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