Material Exchange

Simplifying sustainability

The playbook that reveals how Material Exchange integrates innovative, sustainable and preferred materials in one easy search.

Sourcing for sustainability

Whether the approach to sustainability is grounded in ‘doing the right thing’, responding to market dynamics, or meeting investor demands, sourcing for sustainability is good for business.

This playbook simplifies sourcing for sustainable and preferred materials.

Environmental stewardship is our shared responsibility

A recent draft report from the World Resources Institute (WRI) and the Apparel Impact Institute (AII) stated that the global GHG emissions in the supply chain can be measured as follows:


Tier 4
(raw material extraction)


Tier 3
(raw material processing)


Tier 2
(material production)


Tier 1
(product assembly)

Sustainability Playbook
A guide to sourcing sustainable materials

Sustainability Playbook​

Sustainability speaks to recognizing our collective relationship with global ecosystems and each other. This is why sustainability is at the heart of Material Exchange. 

The Sustainability Playbook can help brands and suppliers accelerate transitioning to preferred materials and production practices that prioritize environmental and social impacts.

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Statistics that reveal the need and the opportunity


200 million ancient and endangered forests are felled every year to convert into Man-made Cellulosic Fibers (MMCFs).


The worldwide production of synthetic fibers has increased year over year and in 2018 was upwards of 74 million metric tons.


Cotton production employs almost 7% of all labor in developing countries and represents 23% of all material usage yet the uptake for preferred or organic cotton is only 25%.

”If current water management policies persist, and climate models prove correct, water scarcity will proliferate to regions where it currently does not exist and will greatly worsen in regions where water is already scarce.”

The World Bank, 2016

“Consumers want transparency. Four in five (79%) think it’s important that clothing brands provide information on their environmental commitments and measures they are taking to minimise the pollution in their supply chain.”

Ipsos MORI, 2018