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Last Thursday evening, 11 June 2015, Patagonia presented an insightful talk on their story of transition from conventional cotton to organic cotton in an intimate industry event. The talk, supported by The Australian Fashion Chamber, was presented by Jill Dumain, Director of Environmental Strategy at Patagonia and opened by Edwina McCann who stressed the importance of an open conversation about organic cotton within Australian fashion.
As part of an industry symposium series titled the Newromantic Bsessions, the talk aimed to develop inter-industry collaboration and increase knowledge of utilising organic cotton within the industry, in order to inspire positive change within Australian fashion.
The talk informed industry leaders about the positive impacts of using organic cotton, which currently only represents 1% of the world’s cotton supply. Conventional cotton, on the other hand, accounts for 47% of the world’s textile needs despite its heavy reliance on environmentally damaging pesticides. Patagonia, who are at the forefront of the innovative organic cotton movement, urged guests to help make the future of cotton cleaner and greener.
More info on organic cotton
Textile Exchange-definitive expert organization around organic cotton
Global Organic Textile Standard-processing standards and traceability standards for organic cotton
Fair Trade USA-access to organic cotton growers, mills and sewing factories
Texas Organic Cotton Marketing Coop-distributor of organic cotton bales to spinners
Sustainable Apparel Coalition-more general sustainability issues in the apparel industry