Future Shapers

Celebrating A Decade

Textile Exchange started life in 2002 (as Organic Exchange) wanting to transform the way the world grew and traded cotton. We did this by promoting and supporting organic cotton. Thankfully others wanted to do this as well - because without the commitment and passion of a whole community of people, companies, and organisations it would not be possible for organic cotton to flourish.

To help us celebrate 10 years of Textile Exchange we asked ten of our members to take us on their journey; to share their stories of commitment to people and planet, their work in organic cotton, and their wider sustainability agendas.

We selected 10 "Future Shapers" to celebrate our 10 Years. Ten companies that have driven the industry to appreciate the value of cotton grown organically, and are applying their values and expertise beyond cotton to other aspects of their business as well. Future Shapers were celebrated during a floating awards ceremony on Hong Kong harbour in 2012.  Click here to read more about the event.



“The ten stories in Future Shapers collected by Textile Exchange are truly inspiring, and provide a complete answer to anyone who says that it is difficult or impossible to source environmentally and socially sustainable textiles, and particularly organic cotton.  These ten innovative and successful businesses are showing the way, and I hope they inspire many others to follow their amazing examples.” 

Lord Peter Melchett,
Policy Director, 
Soil Association UK


Future Shapers Publication

Future Shapers can now be downloaded as an e-book.

In addition, all ten company case studies can be downloaded (as separate pdfs) by clicking on the company name in the lefthand panel.

If you wish to purchase you own souvenir copy of Future Shapers please contact Donna Worley (donna@textileexchange.org).