About TE 2016-12-09T14:12:39+00:00

About TE

Textile Exchange is a global nonprofit organization that works closely with all sectors of the textile supply chain to find the best ways to minimize and even reverse negative environmental and social outcomes created by this $1.7 trillion industry.

Mission

Textile Exchange inspires and equips people to accelerate sustainable practices in the textile value chain. We focus on minimizing the harmful impacts of the global textile industry and maximizing its positive effects.

Vision

We envision a global textile industry that protects and restores the environment and enhances lives.

Approach

Textile Exchange engages and catalyzes the textile industry across the supply chain through partnerships and collaborations, building knowledge and capacity to inform and educate. We further leverage our influence to create action, change and collective impact.

Our Goals

  • Embed sustainability into evolving business and supply chain strategies.
  • Make it easier for companies to adapt to changing opportunities and requirements in textile sustainability.
  • Ensure that actions taken toward sustainability result in real and meaningful change.

Our Work

We identify and share best practices regarding farming, materials, processing, traceability and end-of-life in order to reduce the textile industry’s impact on the world’s water, soil and air, and the human population.

The benefits of our work are widespread. Looking at the environmental, social or economic consequences,
it is hard to overestimate the value of radically improving the practices of the $1.7 trillion textile industry.

 

Our Standards

Textile Exchange Standards include the Responsible Down Standard, Organic Content Standard, Recycled Claim Standard, Responsible Down Standard, Global Recycled Standard, and the Content Claim Standard.

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.

OCS-100

The Organic Content Standard tracks certified organic material from the farm to the final product

RCS 100

The Recycled Claim Standard verifies recycled input material and tracks it from input to the final product.

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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 use through production.

ccs

The Content Claim Standard is the chain of custody verification used in all TE standards. On its own, the CCS can be used to verify any claimed material through any supply chain.

Our Members

25 counties joinedCompanies from more than 25 countries have joined TE because they want to be more sustainable. They may be new to environmentally conscious practices, or want to take their sustainability strategy to the next level. Our members include textile suppliers, service providers, manufacturers, brands and retailers, and farmers.

RWS Team

anne-gillespieAnne Gillespie, Director of Industry Integrity

Anne is the Director of Industry Integrity for Textile Exchange. She is responsible for standard development, training and education on certification and transparency, and collaborates with other organizations and experts to continually increase the integrity of the textile industry. She has over 15 years of experience working with retail, including 10 years as a product manager at Mountain Equipment Co-op where she converted their cotton program to organic. She was a co-founder of Continuum Textiles, a sales agency for sustainable textile supply chains, and was the principle of Agility Consulting, helping companies from all parts of the supply chain and the world to work effectively with organic cotton.

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ashley-gillAshley Gill, Integrity Specialist

Ashley Gill has been with Textile Exchange since 2010. She works in the Industry Integrity team to develop and manage the TE-owned standards and to align the industry in issues dealing with verification of product claims related to sustainability. Ashley has led the revision process for the Global Recycled Standard 3.0 and has been involved in the development of standards to address animal welfare in the production of down and wool. Ashley has frequently spoken on topics of integrity and certification.

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Lee Tyler, Operations Manager

Lee is primarily responsible for the consistent application of Textile Exchange standards. This includes creating and maintaining an accreditation process, training tools and meetings, responding to inquiries for guidance on the standards, and responding to complaints. He is directly involved in the development and revision of standards and supporting documentation. He also answers industry inquiries about integrity in textile value chains and educates through presentations at events. Lee has an MBA in Entrepreneurship and a BBA in Management, with a minor in Spanish, from Texas Tech University. Lee joined Textile Exchange as Operations Manager in 2008.

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Hanna Denes, Integrity Specialist

Hanna works in the Industry Integrity team to develop and manage the TE-owned standards and provide support and education on integrity in textile value chains. She has been directly involved in the development of the Responsible Wool Standard. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Policy and an MSc in Environmental Technology from Imperial College, London, and 15 years’ experience in environmental management and sustainable development. Hanna joined Textile Exchange in 2010.

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StwartStuart Adams, Continuum Textiles

Stuart is a member of the technical committee for the Responsible Wool Standard; he advises closely on the animal welfare criteria, and has driven the development of the land management modules. He has responsibility for the qualification and calibration of the auditors, performing shadow audits and setting qualification criteria.

Stuart also works directly with brands to set up sourcing strategies that will meet their goals.

With over 30 years of merino sheep farming in Australia and 5 years of grain farming in Canada, along with the development of the sustainable wool brand i-merino, and his consulting to Textile Exchange on the development of the Responsible Wool Standard, Stuart has a broad and deep view on full supply chain issues.

In farming, Stuart is known for his pioneering approach to using technology to increase efficiency and lower environmental impacts.  In Australia he initiated the development of a sustainable farming program for wool growers, working with Curtin University.  He is currently talking with global seed suppliers to apply new strategies that will support productivity, and create value for sustainable practices.  He is a member of the Ontario Rural Leadership program, where he can further expand his knowledge and influence.

Stuart has a strong background in supply chain management, having designed a traceability system to track wool from farm to shelf for the i-merino program that he created.  In 2005 the i-merino value chain was awarded the European Union Ecolabel. A global first for a merino wool value chain. Stuart has worked closely with all parts of the value chain for cotton and wool, establishing relationships, visiting factories, faciltiating large orders to global brands and ensuring quality management across a value chain.