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LATEST NEWS

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. 

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." 


EILEEN FISHER Announces VISION2020 That Will Take Them To 100% Sustainability

TE Member EILEEN FISHER has announced a new campaign, VISION2020, which outlines the first five years of their plan to reach 100% sustainability. They describe the time defined campaign as ‘sensible but scary’ and emphasize its ‘no excuses’ approach that will hold them accountable for every decision they make.

VISION2020 will require EILEEN FISHER to scrutinize every aspect of their supply chain, but they have outlined the six key focus areas as Fibers, Color, Resources, People, Mapping and Reuse. Some highlights of the plan include 100% of cotton and linen use to be organic by 2020 and for their entire US operations to be carbon positive by 2020.

Click here to read more about VISION2020 and click here to dig even deeper into what they’re currently doing 'Behind the Label'.


Q&A With Loomstate

Berlin based music and culture magazine Nothing but Hope and Passion has written a lovely, informative article about TE Member Loomstate. Based in New York, Loomstate is praised for its dedication to sustainable, ethical principles and its ongoing commitment to using organic cotton.

''We are hoping to change how people think about clothing. We want our customer to know whose hands their T-shirt passed through before ending up in theirs. When a customer acknowledges the people involved in making a product, they are more likely to respect, care for and repair a garment, as well as make responsible shopping decisions (with both environment and people in mind)."

Click here to read the full article and learn more about this inspiring company.


C&A Europe Boosts Its Sustainable Offering With Its First GOTS Certified Range

C&A Europe, which has more than 1,575 stores in 21 European countries, has launched new baby collection that is its first collection to be certified to the Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS). The GOTS processing standard for organic fibers defines internationally accepted requirements that include not only ecological, social and quality criteria along the entire supply chain, but also the assessment and residue testing of chemical inputs. The move reinforces the company's dedication to sustainability. Click here for more information.


 

EVENT: GOTS' First International Conference

Registration is open for the First International GOTS Conference, to be held in Mumbai, India, on Friday 22nd May 2015.

The conference will provide a great opportunity to find out more about organic textile processing globally and in the Indian region (the world leader in organic textile processing). Titled 'Strong Partnerships for Success', the conference hopes to create and develop successful partnerships.

To find and more and to register for this event, click here.


2015: The International Year of Soils

The UN General Assembly has declared 2015 the International Year of Soils (IYS), a move requested by the Kingdom of Thailand in 2013 and being implemented by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization. The IYS aims to increase awareness and understanding of the importance of soil for food security, fuel and fiber production, essential ecosystem functions, climate change mitigation and adaptation, poverty alleviation and sustainable development.

At Textile Exchange, we understand the profound importance of soil for all of the reasons mentioned above, and are therefore delighted that it is hitting the spotlight in 2015.

For more information on why healthy soils are the basis for healthy food production click here.

To download an IYS infographic click here.

To view a calendar of upcoming IYS events click here.


Event: Fashion Africa Conference 2015 - London - April 24th 2015

Africa Fashion Guide is a social enterprise promoting the African fashion and textile industry with an ethical perspective. They aim to raise the importance of sustainability within the fashion supply chain in a way that considers everyone in that chain.

Africa Fashion Guide has yearly events entitled ‘Fashion Africa’, which bring together industry leaders and specialists in the field of African fashion and ethical textiles to discuss, network, create new projects and overall to make an impact in the industry.

This year, the event is titled 'An African Revolution', and will be held in London on Fashion Revolution Day - April 24th - a day which commemorates the lives of those who died or who were affected by the collapse of the Rana Plaza Building in Bangladesh in 2013. For the first time, the conference will be a full day event, with discussions, industry speakers and networking opportunities throughout the day.

Textile Exchange’s European and Farm Engagement Director, Liesl Truscott, will be one of the expert speakers at the event. Keep an eye on the Africa Fashion Guide Website for more details.

Photo credits: Africa Fashion Guide African Cotton Campaign 2013Model - Nana Afua Antwi / Photographer - Abi Oshodi of AO Photography


 

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)

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 




Life Cycle Assessment for Organic Cotton: 


Read Our Organic Cotton Round Table Highlights:



 


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.