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For sustainable supply chains

As the textile industry generates higher greenhouse gas emissions than international flights and maritime shipping combined, Textile Exchange inspires and equips organizations in the textile value chain with sustainable best practices. The non-profit organization focuses on preferred fibres, integrity and standards and the supply networks. FOURSOURCE verifies Textile Exchange certificates as an important player of the sustainable transformation of the entire apparel industry.

What is Textile Exchange?

Textile Exchange is an international non-profit organization driving the sustainable transformation of the apparel industry, which is now present in over 25 countries. It aims to embed sustainability into the strategy formulation of organizations and supports companies with the successful adaptation to the ever-changing challenges and opportunities that they are facing. They follow an approach of building partnerships and collaborations, knowledge sharing and education of all players across the supply chain of the textile industry.

Firstly, Textile Exchange focuses on fibres and materials ranging from organic cotton to biosynthetics. Secondly, their standards ensure that steps taken towards sustainability contribute to meaningful change. Thirdly, they emphasize the importance of partnerships within supply networks and their integrated approaches. Textile Exchange collects and shares best practices regarding materials, farming, processing traceability and product end-of-life in order to create positive impacts on water, soil, air, animals, and the human population created around the world by the textile industry.

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Textile exchange standards

Textile Exchange certifies and monitors the following standards.


The Organic Content Standard

Tracks certified organic material from the farm to the final product.


The Recycled Claim Standard

Verifies recycled input material and tracks it from input to the final product.


The Global Recycled Standard

Verified recycled input material, tracks it from input to the final product, and also ensures responsible social, environmental practices and chemical.


The Responsible Down Standard

Verifies responsible animal welfare practices on farms in the down supply chain and tracks down and feathers from input to the final product.


The Responsible WooL Standard

Ensures that sheep are treated with respect to their Five Freedoms and ensures best practices in the management and protection of the land.

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