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 Nudie Jeans Announced Winner Of Observer Ethical Awards 2015

TE Member Nudie Jeans, a Swedish clothing brand, has been announced winner of the Observer Ethical Awards 2015 under the category ‘Sustainable Style’.

The company also topped the ‘Race to the Top’ table in our recent Organic Cotton Market Report (download the report Overview here), which ranks companies by the percentage of their cotton usage that is organic (excluding those using 100% organic, which instead fall under our ''100% Club'' category).

Nudie has always had strong ethical principles, particularly in its commitment to organic, so it is great to see these being widely recognized.    

Andreas Åhrman, Global Sales and Marketing Director of Nudie Jeans, says that the company message is simple; “Buy high-quality product. Look after it and repair it. When you’re sick of it, share it though our repair shop or by giving it to a friend. Keep clothes alive so we can reduce consumption.''

Click here to read the Observer's announcement of Nudie's win, and here to see the winners of the other award categories. 


Organic Cotton Market Report 2014 - Released!

This week, Textile Exchange released the 2014 Organic Cotton Market Report.  The report reveals that 2014 signified the beginning of a turnaround for the organic cotton market. After three years of steady decline, 2014 saw 10% growth in overall organic cotton production. This news is energizing and a sign that the textile industry is moving together toward finding solutions. Across the industry, we are seeing some noticeable improvement in business practices, stronger communication between supply chain tiers, an increase in certifications, and evidence of longer-term planning to increase sustainability efforts.

Features of the Organic Cotton Market Report include:

  • Top 10 League Tables 
  • Market insights, trends and analysis  
  • Company snapshots demonstrating solutions and success  
  • Update on supply chain and integrity  
  • Global organic cotton production trends  
  • Producer country profiles and easy to follow data dashboards 
  • Producer snapshots illustrating work on the ground  
  • Information about barriers to growth  
  • Insights into new innovative business models and collective action  
  • An overview of sustainability initiatives

Click here to find out more and to access your complimentary Report Overview, purchase the Full Report, or download the Media Release.

If you are a TE Member you can access the full report as a benefit of your membership – simply log in to your account (if you have any problems contact Membership@textileexchange.org). 


New Report Confirms Challenges Of Sourcing Seed For Organic Cotton Cultivation

Just how difficult is it to access non-GMO organic cottonseed? A new report commissioned by Textile Exchange, with research and reporting led by Louis Bolk Institute and Lanting Agriconsult, reveals the answer.

The report provides for the first time a bird’s eye view of worldwide and region-specific organic cottonseed availability, contamination issues, trends in cotton production, challenges in cotton production and opinions on what the “ideal” cotton is. What kind of cotton should be grown in 2025 and what sort of seed programs should be implemented in which regions to ensure integrity and growth of organic cotton production? The report has the answers! Download the full report here.

You can also download the press release here.

 


Event: International Cotton Conference, Izmir, Turkey, August 3-5th

Titled ''From Farm to Fashion'', this conference is being organised by Pakistan-based NGO Lok Sanjh Foundation (LSF) in collaboration with Rural Business Development Centre (RBDC) and Oxfam-Novib. 

In the conference, farmers, scientists, policy makers, key agricultural researchers and education institutions, NGOs, ginners, spinners and international garment companies of cotton producing and major consuming countries will be participating to discuss the issues and devise sustainable cotton production, supply chain and trade policies. The following are three main themes of the conference:

  • Cotton Production Technologies
  • Cotton Supply Chain and Trade
  •  Issues and Future Trends in Cotton Garments
Textile Exchange is supporting the event and Liesl Truscott, TE’s European and Farm Engagement Director, along with Atila Ertem, TE’s Regional Ambassador in Turkey, will both be presenting.
For more information and to register, please click here. If you have any questions, you can contact either Dr Shahid Zia: shahidzia@rbdc.com.pk, or Ms Farah Jabeen: farah.jabeen@loksanjh.org.

New Research Study Deconstructs The Hype Around Bt Cotton In India

The study, titled Deconstructing Indian cotton: weather, yields, and suicides published by the Environmental Sciences Europe carried out by internationally reputed scientists including Dr Hans R Herren and Dr Peter Kenmoreeveals some of the widespread problems with GM technology.

The report concludes that although Bt cotton may be economic in irrigated cotton, the costs of Bt seed and insecticide increase the risk of farmer bankruptcy, and consequently farmer suicides, in low-yield rainfed cotton areas. The report suggests that high-density short-season cottons could increase yields and reduce input costs in irrigated and rainfed cotton.

Click here to access the full report.


Kering Shares Environmental Profit & Loss Accounting Methodology

In May, French holding company Kering - owner of Alexander McQueen, Gucci, Puma, Volcom, and other luxury, sport & lifestyle brands - released its first ever Environmental Profit & Loss Report (EP&L) report. EP&L is an innovative tool to help identify and account for the value of natural capital in business.

Kering has openly shared its EP&L methodology in order to allow other businesses to ‘’discover the edge’’ and ‘’make the invisible impacts of business visible, quantifiable and comparable’’. You can download the full EP&L report here.


New Report Shows That Organic Is Bee-Friendly

A report just released by The Organic Center in the US shows that organic farming practices are effective in maintaining the health and population of important crop pollinators, predominantly bees, which have been declining at an alarming rate in the past decade and threatening global food security.

The report, which follows the recent release from the White House of its official strategy to protect bees and other pollinators, uses organic farming as a model to highlight techniques that all growers can use to promote pollinator health, regardless of their management system.

Titled "The Role of Organic in Supporting Pollinator Health," the report reviewed 71 studies detailing current threats to our pollinators and the impact of organic practices. It found that organic methods not only reduce risks to bees, but actively support the growth and health of populations of bees and other pollinators.

You can download the full report here.


Release of TE's Organic Cotton Sustainability Assessment Tool

TE is proud to announce the launch of its new online tool that measures the environmental, economic and social aspects of organic cotton production. The Organic Cotton Sustainability Assessment Tool (OC-SAT) is the first mechanism in the industry to provide an all-encompassing view of organic cotton’s benefits.

While the tool has been road tested on organic cotton, the assessment framework could be developed for other initiatives in the sector. TE will be holding an interactive webinar to review the OC-SAT on April 22 (register here). 

We encourage you to explore OC-SAT online yourselves by clicking here, but you can also download the Summary of Key Findings here. We hope you enjoy exploring this exciting new tool and, as always, we very much welcome your feedback!

The press release can be read here. The following quote is from Dr. Ir. Davo Simplice VODOUHE, Coordinator, OBEPAB (the not-for-profit Organisation for the Promotion of Organic Agriculture in Benin): 

"We are pleased to see TE's OC-SAT. At OBEPAB our first interest was to reduce pesticide use. Much of the annual ill health and fatalities in rural areas in Benin are caused by pesticides. But we know the farmers have achieved much more and continue to do so. This tool helps raise visibility of the wider added value of organic." 


Registration Opens For Mumbai 2015

Registration has now opened for the 2015 Organic Cotton Round Table and Textiles Sustainability Conference. Both events will be held at the JW Marriot Mumbai Sahar in Mumbai, India, with the Textile Sustainability Conference taking place between 5th and 7th of October and the Organic Cotton Round Table taking place immediately afterwards on 8th October. 

This year there is also the opportunity to add a post-conference tour to your registration pack. There are a number of tours on offer, hosted by either Appachi, Arvind, bioRe, CottonConnect or Pratibha Syntex, which involve visiting farms and/or processing facilites along with experiencing the local culture. More information is available within the registration process. 


New Documentary Film Explores The Impacts Of The Global Fashion Industry

A new documentary film about the textile industry, titled ‘The True Cost’, was released on 29th May 2015.

The film, directed by Andrew Morgan, explores the global clothing industry, examining where we are, how we got here, and how we can create a better future moving forward. Morgan was spurred to direct the film after hearing about the incidence of the factory collapse in Dhaka, Bangladesh, and began digging deeper into how our clothes are made.

The film was shot in numerous countries around the world and includes interviews with influential characters such as Stella McCartney, Livia Firth and Vandana Shiva. Click here to find out more about the film.

The release of The True Cost comes a month after Fashion Revolution Day, which takes place on Friday 24th April 2015.  


NEWS ARCHIVES  

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Farmer In Focus

OBEPAB FARM GROUP (Benin)

Established: 1997
Structure: NGO-sponsered Producer Group
No. of Farmers: 542
We have organic cotton: Yes
Crops we grow commercially include: Bissap, Cashew, Cassava/Tapioca, Chilies, Cowpea, Maize, Millet, Okra, Pigeon Pea, Pinenuts, Sorghum, Soya, Vegetables (seasonal)
Farmer message: "OBEPAB promotes organic farming in Benin, West Africa. As one of the pioneers of organic cotton production in Africa, the success of OBEPAB's model is visible in the improved yields."

Farm Blog

The Farm Team brings you a regular digest of the latest developments in organic cotton farming, sustainability, impacts, and responsible business practice. Follow us here.

Latest Blog - Rural Communities In India - Thriving Through Organic

My India Travel Diary - First stop Arvind's organic producers, Akola, Maharashtra (Read on)

Second stop Appachi Eco-Logic Tribal organic farmers, Kabini, Karnatika (Read on)

RELEASED! Organic Cotton Market Report 2014:


The Organic Cotton Sustainability Assessment Tool (OC-SAT):

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 

Missed our Interactive Webinars? - contact us for details.




Life Cycle Assessment for Organic Cotton: 


Join Us In Mumbai For The Fourth Annual Organic Cotton Round Table:

 

   

 


 


Siddhi's Blog

Siddhi is our Junior Ambassador and has started a blog to talk about her dreams for the future of the environment.

 


 

Textile Exchange has partnered with ethical clothing leaders Mantis World and Gossypium to produce our first limited-edition T-shirt collection for men, women and children. Funds raised will go towards training programs for organic cotton farmers in developing countries. Find out more!  


 

Big Numbers

241,697 mt
amount of organic cotton fiber produced in 2010
1.1 %
of global cotton production in 2010 was organic
15 %
increase in organic production on 2009 levels
23
number of countries growing organic cotton
275,300
number of organic cotton farmers in 2010
30 %
better water retention in organic soils
20 %
carbon emission reduction potential of organic soils
40-72 %
compensation potential by carbon sequestration
6
ave no. of food crops grown by organic cotton farmers
0
number of toxic or persistent chemicals used in organic
28 %
of crops grown for 'own use' by organic cotton farmers
>75 %
organic cotton farmers reported to be food secure
35 %
of the worlds textiles are made from cotton
40 %
of textile impacts are from growing cotton
25 %
of the earth's biodiversity lives in the soil

Engage Newsletter


Headlines:
  • World Environment Day: Think.Eat.Save.
  • An agro-ecological vision for US agriculture
  • Q&A with the man who set up Esprit: Doug Tompkins
  • Latest updates from Benin
  • Women farmers in organic cotton agriculture
  • Alice's Diary
Titulares:
  • Día Mundial del Medio Ambiente 2013 –Piensa. Come. Ahorra.
  • Una visión agroecológica para la agricultura de Estados Unidos
  • Solo una finca hermosa es una buena finca
  • Vuelve el debate sobre los organismos genéticamente modificados en Benín
  • Juntos somos más fuertes: La creación de una plataforma entre productores de algodón orgánico y de comercio justo en Benín
  • Mujeres agricultoras de algodón orgánico
  • El diario de Alicia: aventuras en las tierras de Perú
Titres:
  • Journée Mondiale de l’Environnement 2013 – Pensez, Mangez, Préservez
  • Une vision agro-écologique de l’agriculture des États-Unis d’Amérique
  • Seule une belle ferme est une bonne ferme
  • Le retour du débat sur les OGM au Bénin
  • Ensemble nous sommes plus forts : Mise en place d’une Plate-forme des producteurs et productrices de coton biologique et équitable au Bénin
  • Les femmes productrices de coton bio
  • Le carnet de route d’Alice les aventures au Pérou
Headlines:
  • New Collaborative Learning Series
  • Meet Alice dos Santos
  • Soil Association 2013 Organic Market Report
  • Government Policy in West Africa
  • Indo-African Forum
  • Brazilian know-how in support of cotton farmers
Titulares:
  • Nueva serie de aprendizaje colaborativo – Centrarse en el abastecimiento
  • Informe sobre el mercado ecológico en 2013 de la Soil Association
  • ¡Encantado de conocerte!
  • Algodón orgánico y política gubernamental en África Occidental: Benín entra en una nueva era
  • Una exposición diferente
  • Foro indio-africano y el Programa de asistencia técnica para el algodón
  • Un proyecto de 20 millones de dólares tiene por objeto transferir el saber hacer brasileño en apoyo a los agricultores del algodón
Titres:
  • NOUVELLE série sur l’apprentissage collaboratif - Mettre l'accent sur l'approvisionnement
  • Le Rapport 2013 sur les Marchés Bio de l’Associations des Sols
  • Ravi de faire votre connaissance !
  • Coton biologique et politique gouvernemental en Afrique de l’Ouest : le nouvel âge du coton biologique au Bénin.
  • Une exposition à objectifs multiples : Textile &Bijoux
  • Le Forum Indo-Africain et le Programme d’Assistance Technique du Coton
  • Un projet de $20 millions a pour but de transférer le savoir-faire brésilien pour soutenir les producteurs de coton.
Headlines:
  • Final Organic in Action Released
  • A Word From Our Members
  • Africa: Organic & FairTrade Cotton Production and Trade
  • India: A Renewed Philosophy
  • Latin America: Trends for 2012 and Predictions for 2013
Titulares:
  • Este mes se publica la última historia de “Acción Orgánica”
  • El informe reclama una nueva agenda de desarrollo para la agricultura a pequeña escala
  • Nuevas directrices para productos orgánicos
  • Producción y comercio de algodón orgánico y de comercio justo en África: acabar con el estancamiento en 2013
  • Una filosofía renovada
  • América Latina 2012
  • Mensaje de Arun Chandra Ambatipudi: ¡Juntos podemos hacer del mundo un lugar más sano!
  • Mensaje de Orlando Rivera – Fundador de Bergman Rivera y nuevo miembro del Consejo de Administración de TE
Titres:
  • Dernière édition ce mois-ci de la rubrique « Le Bio en Action »
  • Un rapport lance un appel pour un nouveau programme de développement de l’agriculture à petite échelle
  • Nouvelles directives pour le Bio
  • Coton Bio et Équitable en Afrique : Arrêt de la stagnation en 2013
  • Une philosophie renouvelée
  • Amérique Latine 2012
  • Un mot d’Arun Chandra Ambatipudi : Ensemble nous pouvons faire du monde un endroit plus sain !
  • Un mot d’Orlando Rivera – Fondateur de Bergman Rivera, et nouveau membre du conseil de TE
Headlines:
  • 2012 Sustainable Textiles Conference
  • Organic Cotton Round Table
  • Global Organic Cotton Campaign Launched
  • Seed Freedom: A Global Citizens’ Report
  • Cotton Industry holds Sustainability Conference
  • Comparing Organic and Conventional Cotton Production Systems in Benin
Titulares:
  • Mesa redonda sobre algodón orgánico de Textile Exchange
  • Campaña global en favor del algodón orgánico lanzada por la Soil Association y GOTS
  • Libertad de semillas: un informe global para los ciudadanos
  • La industria del algodón se centra en la sostenibilidad
  • Innovación para la seguridad alimentaria, la adaptación al cambio climático y la mitigación de la pobreza
Titres:
  • La Table Ronde sur le Coton Bio de Textile Exchange
  • Une campagne mondiale sur le coton bio est lance par la Soil Association et GOTS
  • La Liberté des Semences : Un Rapport des Citoyens du Monde
  • L’Industrie du Coton se Focalise sur la Durabilité
  • Recherche sur les technologies innovatrices, les pratiques et stratégies pour la sécurité alimentaire, l’adaptation aux changements climatiques et la réduction de la pauvreté
Headlines:
  • Textile Exchange - Farm Update
  • Announcement: Round Table on Organic Cotton
  • Benin: The challenge of remaining an organic cotton farmer
  • “Weaving is my destiny” ... adding value to cotton, locally
  • Interview with Carlos Tonon, Manager of Verde Textil - Argentina
  • Monitoring of genetically modified cotton in Paraguay
  • APEDA release Organic Textile Certification Standard
  • Organic in Action: Appachi and SKS farmers make way for wildlife
  • The effects of climate change on cotton production in Latin America
Titulares:
  • Noticias de nuestro encuentro de fincas
  • Benín: El desafío de seguir siendo un agricultor orgánico en un sector algodonero altamente subvencionado
  • “Tejer es mi destino” ... añadiendo valor al algodón, localmente
  • Entrevista a Carlos Tonon, gerente de Verde Textil - Argentina
  • Monitoreo de algodón OGM: El SENAVE habilitó el uso de algodón transgénico en Paraguay
  • La APEDA crea el estándar de certificación para textiles orgánicos
  • Acción Orgánica: Agricultores de Appachi y SKS ceden tierra a la fauna salvaje
  • Cambio climático: Los efectos del cambio climático en la producción de algodón en América Latina
Titres:
  • Les nouvelles de l’interface des producteurs
  • Bénin : Le défi de rester un cultivateur de coton bio dans un environnement d’un secteur du coton fortement subventionné.
  • « Le tissage est mon destin »... valorisation locale de la fibre de coton.
  • Interview avec Carlos Tonon, Directeur de Verde Textil - Argentine
  • Suivi du coton génétiquement modifié : Le SENAVE autorise l’utilisation de coton génétiquement modifié au Paraguay.
  • APEDA publie la Norme de la Certification du Textile Bio.
  • Le Bio en Action : Les producteurs d’Appachi et SKS donnent la priorité à la faune sauvage.
  • Les Changements Climatiques : Les effets des changements climatiques sur la production de coton bio en Amérique Latine.
Headlines:
  • FUTURE SHAPERS: Introducing Dibella
  • INTERVIEW with Vandana Shiva
  • NEW STUDY: Comparing yields of organic and conventional
  • NEW Improved Producer Group membership services
  • SPECIAL FEATURE: Rio +20 – “The Future We Want”
  • REGIONAL UPDATES:News and views
Titulares:
  • “Modeladores del Futuro”: le presentamos Dibella
  • ENTREVISTA con Vandana Shiva
  • NUEVO ESTUDIO: Comparando las cosechas de la agricultura orgánica y convencional
  • Fincas y Fibra: notificación de los informes regionales
  • PRÓXIMAMENTE
  • ARTÍCULO ESPECIAL: Río +20 – “El futuro que queremos”
  • ENFOQUE REGIONAL
Titres:
  • Future Shapers vous Présente : Dibella
  • INTERVIEW avec Vandana Shiva par Bernward Geier
  • NOUVELLE ÉTUDE : Comparaison des rendements de l’agriculture bio et conventionnelle
  • NOUVELLES DE L’INTERFACE DES PRODUCTEURS
  • Production & Fibre : annonce des rapport régionaux
  • LES ÉVÉNEMENT SPECIAL : Rio +20 – « L’avenir auquel nous aspirons »
  • Point Régional
Headlines:
  • Anvil Knitwear sponsors the Farm Hub
  • Cotton Conversations
  • Cotton Futures: Visioning workshop
  • The year of the co-operative
  • Comparing organic and conventional cotton systems in Benin
  • Controlling pests in organic cotton
  • Corseda: organic silk project
  • India, the Cotton Export Ban and Thereafter
Titulares:
  • Anvil Knitwear patrocina el Enlace de Fincas
  • Boletín GOTS
  • Plataforma Comunitaria Mundial del Algodón Orgánico
  • Conversaciones del algodón
  • Futuro del algodón: Taller para visionarios
  • Guía para expertos sobre el algodón y la sostenibilidad
  • El año de la cooperativa
  • 4ª Conferencia Internacional sobre el desarrollo del sector orgánico en Europa central y oriental y en Asia central
  • 2ª Conferencia Orgánica de África
  • Comparación de los sistemas convencional y orgánico en Benín
  • Control de plagas en el algodón orgánico
  • Corseda: Proyecto de seda orgánica
  • India: La prohibición a las exportaciones del algodón y lo que vino después
Titres:
  • Anvil Knitwear le sponsor de l’Interface des Producteurs
  • La newsletter de GOTS
  • La Plateforme Mondiale de la Communauté du Coton Bio
  • Conversations sur le coton
  • L’Avenir du coton : l’Atelier de visualisation
  • Le Guide des initiés sur le Coton et la Durabilité
  • L’Année des Coopératives
  • La 4e Conférence Internationale sur le développement du secteur biologique dans l’Europe Centrale et de l’Est et l’Asie Centrale
  • La 2e Conférence Africaine sur l’Agriculture Biologique
  • Comparaison des systèmes de coton biologique et conventionnel au Bénin
  • Le contrôle des ravageurs du coton bio
  • Corseda: le projet de soie bio
  • Inde, l’interdiction de l’exportation de coton et les conséquences

Field Calendar

January - March

Follow the production of organic cotton from soil preparation to harvest.

 

For each month see what is going on in the fields around the world. For a general introduction to cotton growing follow our learning journey.

 

Want to find out how cotton is grown? Take our learning journey here


January - March

Follow the production of organic cotton from soil preparation to harvest.

 

For each month see what is going on in the fields around the world. For a general introduction to cotton growing follow our learning journey.


January - March

Follow the production of organic cotton from soil preparation to harvest.

 

For each month see what is going on in the fields around the world. For a general introduction to cotton growing follow our learning journey.


January - March

Follow the production of organic cotton from soil preparation to harvest.

 

For each month see what is going on in the fields around the world. For a general introduction to cotton growing follow our learning journey.


Learning Journey

Follow us on a journey to explore the world of organic cotton...
About 1.4 billion people depend on small-scale farming for their livelihoods.