Organic Leather, Wool and Cotton Seminars: The Highlight at MAGIC

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Sourcing and designing apparel made from organically produced leather, wool, and cotton will be the focus of two exciting seminars co-hosted by Organic Exchange and Organic Trade Association at the August 27-30, 2007 MAGIC and Sourcing@MAGIC apparel shows in Las Vegas. The organizations will also co-host a booth at the Sourcing@MAGIC area to provide background information and facilitate networking. How to be an environmentally and ecologically correct company is one of the three "trend" themes for the Sourcing@MAGIC seminars this year.

What: Sourcing and designing apparel made from organically produced leather, wool, and cotton will be the talk of the town at the August 27-30, 2007 MAGIC and Sourcing@MAGIC apparel shows in Las Vegas. Organic Exchange (OE) and Organic Trade Association (OTA) will co-host two seminars on the topic, providing attendees with information on market trends, the wide selection of organic textiles and sustainable trims available, and certification and labeling of organic apparel products. Several OE and OTA member companies will have booths at the event.

The two organizations will also co-host a booth at the Sourcing@MAGIC area to provide background information and facilitate networking. Gold level sponsors are: Econscious, Greensource, Mavideniz, Nature USA, and Quick Feat International. Silver level sponsors are: Earth Creations, Green Tee Clothing Company, ShariBe, Precot Meridian Limited, Thai Textile Industry PCL, and Ugly Fish.

Who: Seminar speakers are:
Tierra Forte, Designer and Founder, DelForte Denim; Anne Gillespie, Co-Founder, Continuum Textiles and Certification Project Coordinator, Organic Exchange; Connie Karr, Processing Program Coordinator, Oregon Tilth; Sara Kozlowski, Assistant Fashion Design Coordinator, Academy of Art University; Matthew Mole, President and Founder, Vermont Organic Fiber Company; Coral Rose, President, Eco-Innovations; Greg Sturmer, CEO, IUV; Lori Wyman, Education and Information Services Administrator, Organic Trade Association

Where/When: Las Vegas Convention Center, August 27-30, 2007.
Booth 23102 - Pod 3 in the South Hall Sourcing InfoHub area.
OE/OTA Seminars:
1. "Organic Cotton, Wool and Leather: Expanding the Breadth of the Organic Apparel Supply Chain." Monday, August 27, 1-2:30 p.m. South Hall Sourcing Area Room MS116.
2. "Organic Fiber on the Cutting Edge: Designing for Fashion, Innovation, Quality and Sustainability." Tuesday, August 28, 12-2 p.m. North Hall Meeting Room N261.

Background: According to the Organic Trade Association, sales of U.S. and Canadian organic fiber sales jumped 40 percent in 2005, amounting to a $160 million U.S. organic product market. In addition, Organic Exchange data shows that global organic cotton product sales increased an estimated 35 percent annually, from $245 million in 2001 to $583 million in 2005 and are projected to skyrocket to $2.6 billion by the end of 2008.

Organic production is based on a system of farming that maintains and replenishes soil fertility without the use of toxic and persistent pesticides and fertilizers.

Contact:
Sandra Marquardt
301-592-0077

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