Textile Exchange reports look at organic cotton, sustainable fibers

Textile Exchange (TE) has released two reports that highlight leading companies in the use of organic cotton and sustainable fibers and materials, and detail what they are doing to improve sustainability in the textile value chain.

It has been 20 years since Patagonia’s ground-breaking decision to convert all of its cotton products to 100 percent organic cotton. Today, companies including Patagonia are carefully balancing their use of a range of preferred fibers and materials to achieve the best sustainability results, according to Textile Exchange’s Organic Cotton Market Report 2016 and the 2016 Preferred Fiber & Materials Market Report.

As part of the transformation toward a more sustainable fashion future, we are constantly on the lookout for innovative materials and processes which can make our products more sustainable. We are happy to see that our efforts to continue increasing the use of materials such as recycled polyester, organic cotton, Lyocell or certified down is recognized in the Textile Exchange report,” said Madelene Ericcson, Sustainability Business Expert for H&M.

Transformational change must be the way we do business,” added La Rhea Pepper, TE’s Managing Director.

Companies featured in the reports range from those focusing on one fiber to those using a whole variety of fibers and materials. Both reports celebrate the Top 10” companies that have made significant steps in their sourcing strategies.

Maintaining our top position in organic cotton and achieving the great performance in down and Lyocell have been the result of hard work from our global designers, buyers and sourcing colleagues. These results are encouraging as they show that we are making a significant difference in sourcing more sustainable raw materials and improving our environmental and social impacts,” said Jeffry Hogue, C&A’s Global Chief Sustainability Officer. He added, We remain focused on our 2020 goals, where we will source 100 percent of our cotton and 67 percent of all our raw materials from verified more sustainable sources.”

The 2016 Organic Cotton Market Report provides a deep look into global production, consumption, key trends, challenges and opportunities, and inspiring stories from across the sector.

The 2016 Preferred Fiber Market Report offers a snapshot of the wider preferred fiber and materials landscape, with a focus on growth and changes. It pays particular attention to Textile Exchange’s identified lead” fibers—recycled polyester, Lyocell, certified down and preferred cotton. In addition, it features the standards that are being developed in the preferred fiber sector, including the recently launched Responsible Wool Standard.

The Organic Trade Association and Textile Exchange have a Memorandum of Understanding to work together on legislative advocacy, public outreach and consumer education initiatives.