Textile Exchange Standards and Certifications

Oct 28, 2021  |  1:00 - 2:00 pm

Mindful Fashion New Zealand, in partnership with Raw Assembly Australia presents a 5-part information series on Certifications and Standards for fibres, materials and textile products.

Session #2 - Textile Exchange standards

Textile Exchange develops and manages a suite of standards that provide the industry with a way to verify sustainability claims from the raw material to the final product. All Textile Exchange standards are developed through a multi-stakeholder approach to address gaps in available verification tools.

Learn how businesses in the fashion and textile industry can use standards and certifications to ensure content claims, traceability and processing requirements, and what is required to communicate these schemes with customers.

Schemes covered will include Responsible Wool Standard (RWS), Recycled Claim Standard (RCS), Global Recycled Standard (GRS), Organic Content Standard (OCS) and Content Claim Standard (CCS).


Callie Weldon - Textile Exchange

Callie Weldon has over a decade of experience working with sustainable textiles. As the Standards Specialist at Textile Exchange, Callie consults with stakeholders on their sustainability goals and how Textile Exchange standards can be a tool for achieving impact.

She specialises in animal fiber content knowledge, specifically alpaca, and helps to manage the suite of Responsible Animal Fiber standards. Before joining Textile Exchange, Callie worked for a number of impact brands as a buyer for ethical apparel programs. Callie is also the founder of Fair Fiber, a social start-up dedicated to creating economic mobility opportunities for small farmers in the Peruvian alpaca fiber industry. Callie holds a B.S. in Fashion Merchandising from the University of Delaware and an MBA in Global, Social, and Sustainable Enterprises from Colorado State University. She is based in Boulder, Colorado.

Manu Rastogi - Kathmandu

Manu is the Head of Product Innovation & Product Sustainability at Kathmandu, New Zealand. With a strong background in materials engineering, Manu has more than 18 years of experience working in the fashion and outdoor industry across different parts of the textile supply chain in China, Bangladesh, India and New Zealand. Working for the last 9 years at Kathmandu, his role is to support the team on Product Innovation & Product Sustainability as two key pillars of Kathmandu’s winning Product Strategy.