Material Exchange

How to source sustainable fabric

Has your business set sustainability goals? If so, are you successfully meeting them? Material Exchange recognizes this challenge and is working to visualize sustainability for more time-efficient sourcing. We’re building features into our Digital Sourcing Platform (DSP) to help you measure, assess, and reduce your sourcing impacts. Stay tuned for more sustainability features coming soon to our DSP!

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Sustainability stamps

sustainability stamps on the digital sourcing platform
Socially Responsible stamp

Socially responsible

Supplier is commited to fair labor, social compliance, safe work environments, and fair and equitable staffing practices. Plus, in-place ethical codes of conduct, wage policies, etc.

Water Conservation stamp

Water conservation

Supplier is dedicated to efficient and safe water use through minimizing consumption, protecting all water resources, and managing wastewater in a healthy way as well as water recycling, wastewater treatment, etc.

Safe and Healthy Chemicals stamp

Safe and healthy chemicals

Supplier is aiming for dyes, chemicals, finishes, and components to be safe and non-hazardous for persons and communities producing, distributing, and using these materials and products. Supplier has also passed global restricted substance list testing.

Organic Content stamp

Organic content

Supplier has the capacity to produce organic textiles with certified organic processes and materials in order to protect air, soil, water, and nearby communities as well as to grow according to national organic standards.

Recycled content

Supplier is creating materials with recycled fibers or components to reduce waste and the impacts from extracting and harvesting raw materials from nature. Supplier is also producing with production/consumer waste.

Animal welfare

Supplier is pledging ethical treatment of animals and is working to ensure mental and physical well-being of each animal so none are subject to unnecessary harm or stress. Supplier also meets responsible farm, ranch, & land use practices.

Responsible Leather stamp

Responsible leather

Supplier is working to produce, tan, dye, and finish leather with ethical environmental and social practices using only hides that are by-products of local farming and beef markets. Plus, supplier passed testing for chemical inputs.

Cleaner cotton

Supplier is using cotton that has been responsibly planted, grown, harvested, and processed from seed to product with responsible soil, water, and land use and labor practices. Supplier has also phased out hazardous pesticides & fertilizers.

Forest Stewardship stamp

Forest stewardship

Supplier is committing to preserving forests and land by selecting paper- and wood-based materials that are created without compromising the life and health of the world’s forests. Supplier has also set up practices to preserve forest wildlife habitats.