Invitation to Attend Organic Exchange Annual Conference in Porto, Portugal Oct.14-17

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Approximately 300 international representatives from throughout the organic fiber value chain will gather in Porto, Portugal October 14-17, 2008, to attend Organic Exchange's 6th Global Conference and Marketplace. The media is invited to attend.

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New Growth Opportunities: Using Organic to Strengthen Sustainability, Resource, and Investment Strategies.

Approximately 300 international representatives from throughout the organic fiber value chain will gather in Porto, Portugal October 14-17, 2008, to attend Organic Exchange's 6th Global Conference and Marketplace. The media is invited to attend.

WHAT:     Approximately 300 international representatives from throughout the organic fiber supply chain will gather in Porto, Portugal October 14-17, 2008, to attend Organic Exchange's 6th Global Conference "New Growth Opportunities: Using Organic to Strengthen Sustainability, Resource, and Investment Strategies."

Participants from throughout the global organic fiber supply chain, including retailers, farmers, manufacturers, and representatives of brands, farming projects, banks, NGO's, certifiers, and cotton brokers will learn about and discuss best practices, emerging issues, and strategies to maximize the return on investment from organic cotton. The ever-popular Organic Textile Marketplace will enable companies to display their organic products and discuss business opportunities in the most efficient manner.

John Elkington, celebrated author on sustainable development and corporate responsibility expert, will provide the keynote address. Other outstanding speakers include: Simonetta Cabonaro, expert in consumer psychology, strategic marketing and design management with REAL_ISE; Nick Chiarelli, Director of Consumer Trends at GfK Roper Consulting which specializes in analyzing global consumer trends; and, Kate Fletcher, founder of the "slow fashion" concept and lecturer in EcoDesign at Goldsmiths College, University of London.

Prior to the conference, Organic Exchange will host a one-day introduction to organic cotton for companies entering the market. Following the conference, participants will attend a tour of the Teviz Group mill, one of Europe's leading yarn and woven fabric mills and a supplier to some of the biggest companies in the world. Teviz' spinning division is already certified to the new Global Organic Textile Standards (GOTS) the strictest processing standards in the world, and the company is in the process of getting the rest of its processing faciities certified to the standard.

The conference is sponsored by: Anvil Knitwear, Egedeniz Tekstil, Esquel Group, H&M, Huntsman Corp., Internet Textil, Nike, Orta Anadolu, Paks, Reinhart, Pratibha Syntex, Quick Feat International; Remei, and Thai Alliance Co.

WHERE:     The conference will be held at the Porto Palacio Congress Hotel and Spa in Porto, Portugal. The mill tour will be held at the Teviz Group mill in Guimarães, Portugal.
WHEN:    October 14-17, 2007. Deadline for registration is October 1, 2008.

WHO:     Sandra Marquardt, tel: 301-592-0077, smarquardt@onthemarkpr.com

BACKGROUND: According to the Organic Exchange Organic Cotton Market Report 2007, the global organic cotton apparel, home and personal care products market topped one billion dollars in 2006, with estimates projecting a tripling of that amount by the end of 2008, and a further doubling by 2010. Brands and retailers such as Nike, Wal-Mart, Edun, H&M, Marks & Spencer, and Coop Switzerland are very active in the organic fiber market and are expanding their programs. They are joined by over 1500 small and medium-size brands and retailers offering organic cotton products to the European, North American and Asian consumer markets.

According to the Organic Exchange Organic Farm and Fiber Report 2007, the amount of organic cotton produced globally increased 53 percent from 2005/06 to 2006/07,with 57,931 metric tons (MT), or 265,517 bales, produced in 24 countries on all arable continents.

Organic Exchange is a U.S.-based non-profit organization facilitating expansion of the global organic fiber supply by working closely with farmers, leading brands and retailers, and their business partners to develop organic fiber programs. More information about the organization and the conference is available at http://www.organicexchange.org.

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