Round Tables

Textile Exchange Round Tables drive collective action for core fibers and materials programs. 
 

December 7-18: Round Table Summits

Conference registration is not required to attend the Round Table meetings but separate below registration is required. 

 

Textile Exchange will host the following Round Tables in the continuation of Conference. Registration required. Click to register. Cost: Free. 


Monday, December 7
 

Animal Fibers and Materials: December 7 • 10 am EST - 12 pm EST 

This Round Table will set the frame for the specific Round Tables with a focus on animal derived fibers and materials.


Tuesday, December 8
 

Biosynthetics Round Table: December 8 • 10 am EST - 12 pm EST 

Textile Exchange’s Biosynthetics Round Table started in 2016. Biosynthetics is part of Textile Exchange’s work due to its potential to offer a replacement made from renewable rather than fossil fuel-based feedstocks. The Biosynthetics Round Table attempts to make sense of the opportunities and challenges we face as an industry, including the sustainability of feedstock production and innovations in future feeder materials. 


Wednesday, December 9
 

Man-made Cellulosic Fiber Round Table - Part 1: December 9 • 10 am EST - 12 pm EST 

Making, sourcing, and offering Man-made Cellulosic Fibers (MMCF), including viscose, lyocell or modal, with sustainability in mind is experiencing real momentum and has become a priority for many brands and retailers. The Round Table addresses the environmental challenges that MMCF production faces and creates collective action to drive positive solutions.  


Thursday, December 10
 

Responsible Cashmere Round Table: December 10 • 9 am EST - 11 am EST 

(All participants are encouraged to join the Animal Fibers and Materials Round Table on Dec. 7.)  Cashmere comes with a host of sustainability issues that impact the areas of animal welfare, the environment, and societies, particularly in Mongolia. In response to interest and queries from brands, Textile Exchange facilitates the Responsible Cashmere Round Table (RCRT) to better understand the issues and opportunities surrounding cashmere production, as well as to have a common voice in the development of a market-based solution. 

Home & Hospitality Round Table: December 10 • 11 am EST - 1 pm EST

The primary objective of the Home & Hospitality Round Table is to better understand the preferred fiber and materials needs and priorities of this industry sector and to feed this information into the planning and delivery of activities.  


Friday, December 11
 

Accelerating Circularity Round Table: December 11 • 10 am EST - 12 pm EST 

The Accelerating Circularity Round Table, led by AcceleratingCircularity.org, focuses on an apparel industry collaborative project designed to accelerate the textile industry’s move from linear to circular. This multi-stakeholder initiative collaboratively works together to move the textile industry from a ‘take, make, waste’ system to a circular one.

Man-made Cellulosic Fiber Round Table - Part 2: December 11 • 10 am CEST - 12 pm CEST 

Making, sourcing, and offering Man-made Cellulosic Fibers (MMCF), including viscose, lyocell or modal, with sustainability in mind is experiencing real momentum and has become a priority for many brands and retailers. The Round Table addresses the environmental challenges that MMCF production faces and creates collective action to drive positive solutions.


Monday, December 14
 

Recycled Polyester Round Table: December 14 • 10 am EST - 12 pm EST 

Textile Exchange’s Recycled Polyester (rPET) Round Table is a global multi-stakeholder network aiming to increase the uptake of recycled polyester.  


Tuesday, December 15
 

Responsible Leather Round Table: December 15 • 10 am EST - 12 pm EST

The Responsible Leather Round Table (RLRT) by Textile Exchange is a neutral space for anyone with interest in the leather industry to learn, share information, and look for opportunities to drive positive action. 


Wednesday, December 16
 

Organic Cotton Round Table - Part 1: December 16 • 10 am EST - 12 pm EST 

The Organic Cotton Round Table (OCRT) is a global stakeholder platform that supports and brings together the organic cotton community to be inspired, mobilized, and equipped to act. Each year, the OCRT holds a Global in-person meeting in conjunction with Textile Exchange’s annual Textile Sustainability Conference (this year virtual), as well as a number of Regional OCRTs. Learn more about the OCRT here. 


Thursday, December 17
 

Organic Cotton Round Table - Part 2: December 17 | 10 am CEST - 12 pm CEST 

The Organic Cotton Round Table (OCRT) is a global stakeholder platform that supports and brings together the organic cotton community to be inspired, mobilized, and equipped to act. Each year, the OCRT holds a Global in-person meeting in conjunction with Textile Exchange’s annual Textile Sustainability Conference (this year virtual), as well as a number of Regional OCRTs. 

Responsible Alpaca, Mohair, and Wool Round Table: December 17 • 10 am EST - 12 pm EST 

The Responsible Alpaca, Mohair, and Wool Round Table is intended to guide and support the respective associated Standards. This group is comprised of stakeholders across the industry, including brands and retailers, suppliers, producers, animal welfare experts, and land management experts. 


Friday, December 18
 

Sustainable Cotton Round Table: December 18 • 10 am EST - 12 pm EST 

The purpose of the Sustainable Cotton Round Table is to increase the uptake of organic and preferred cotton, which has the ability to increase the income of smallholder farmers, eliminate highly hazardous pesticides, eliminate or reduce the amount of pesticides and synthetic fertilizer used, reduce water use and improve water quality and soil health. Join this multi-stakeholder group to drive continuous improvement across the sustainable cotton initiatives with a focus on best practices for soils to mitigate and reduce the climate crisis.