Catalysing change through industry collaboration - Textile Exchange conference

The Fashion industry is the second most polluting industry in the world - after oil and Australian’s are the world’s second largest consumers of textiles.

These two points alone are alarming, let alone factoring in a population of an estimated 9 billion people, most likely middle class citizens by 2030. How are we going to clothe, feed, SUSTAIN citizens needs within the planetary boundaries?

It’s enough to be overwhelmed by individually - which is why collaboration is key.

Textile Exchange is built on the pillars of true collaboration.

Founded in 2002 as the ‘organic exchange, the not-for-profit catalysed support from all sectors of the industry and now have a team of staff across 11 countries and members in over 25, of which it works closely with to drive industry transformation in preferred fibers, integrity and standards and responsible supply networks.

Recently, Textile Exchange partnered with KPMG to develop a report focused on connecting the textile industry with the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s) - which offer a global framework for transformation - Threading the Needle: Weaving SDGs in the Textile, Retail, and Apparel industry.

You can download the report here.

An annual industry conference brings everyone together with one agenda - how to catalyse the SDG’s to transform the industry and it is powerful. The event takes place over five days and comprises of plenary sessions, panel discussions, round tables and one on one’s. Challenges and opportunities are bought to the fore and real impact translates in the way of setting industry standards and direction.

The relationships forged onsite translate across seas and the community is ignited.

If you work in the textile industry and are a sustainable leader, this is one event that should be in the calendar each year.

Sustainable transformation is indeed, a sum of all parts.