Textile Exchange Creates FASTfacts Tool to Streamline Sustainability Information

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Textile Exchange announces a revamped tool called FASTfacts to streamline important data about the sustainable textile industry. Textile Exchange will introduce the tool in a free webinar hosted by Ben Mead, a new Textile Sustainability Specialist for the non-profit organization.

FASTfacts is a result of hours of research and interpretation by the top sustainability team in the country.

Textile Exchange, a non-profit organization dedicated to accelerating sustainable practices in the textile industry, is announcing a revamped tool that simplifies the vast and conflicting facts and information about the sustainable textile world. Textile Exchange’s FASTfacts tool is free and will be the topic of a webinar on March 26 and 27.

FASTfacts is a result of hours of research and interpretation by the top sustainability team in the industry. The three categories available are FASTfacts Water, FASTfacts Chemical Management and FASTfacts Textile and Product Waste. Textile Exchange’s FASTfacts allows brands and supply chain partners to quickly access up-to-date information, view best practices and equip themselves to make important sustainability decisions.

Ben Mead, Textile Exchange’s new Sustainability Specialist in wet processing and chemistry will walk webinar participants through the many aspects of FASTfacts. Mead was hired in January to help Textile Exchange develop content, assist with training and establish new partnerships with industry leaders and experts. This webinar is an integral part of Mead’s new responsibilities. Carlotta Cataldi, Textile Exchange’s Research and Facilitation Specialist, will also be on the call.

The webinar is free http://textileexchange.org/webinar-fastfacts-water-chemical-mngt-americas and will take place at two times to ensure global participation. It will be held March 26 at 2 p.m. Eastern and March 27 at 9 a.m. Eastern. Participants must register in advance. The FASTfacts tools will be available on the Textile Exchange website (http://www.textileexchange.org) as of March 19.

FASTfacts Water is an updated version of the tool, originally created in 2011. It contains links to working groups and brand policies, usage and access statistics and data management tools to enable brands to benchmark their current water quality and utilization program.

FASTfacts Chemical Management: Beyond Legislative Compliance is a compilation of resources to help brands develop or improve their chemical management plan.

Textile Exchange will also release a series of Chemical Snapshots later this month, created to provide easily understandable information on chemicals of concern in textile processing. Download a free snapshot on PVC here: http://info.textileexchange.org/chemical-snapshot-pvc. Others to come include snapshots on PFAO, PFOS, DMFu, BPA, Dispered Dyes, and more. More information will be revealed on this during the webinar.

About Ben Mead
Ben Mead is the Sustainability Specialist in wet processing and chemistry for Textile Exchange. Hired in early 2013, Mead has nearly a decade of experience in sustainable textiles. He has worked with several large brands and manufacturers including Nike for whom he helped develop a restricted substances program. He has also been instrumental in the implementation of both sustainable materials and water programs. For Textile Exchange, Mead will help develop content and tools, deliver training and consulting, and establish partnerships with industry leaders and experts. Mead’s overall objectives will be to increase industry understanding and engagement in the shift from restricted substance lists to zero discharge, green chemistry and sustainable textile processing. Mead has a BS in Textile Chemistry from North Carolina State University.

About Carlotta Cataldi
Carlotta Cataldi joined Textile Exchange in 2011 as the assistant to a special project led in Spain. She now contributes as a group facilitator and graphic facilitator. Cataldi helps Textile Exchange develop member resources. Carlotta holds a Master’s degree in Strategic Leadership towards Sustainability, which she achieved at the Blekinge School of Technology of Karlskrona, Sweden.

About Textile Exchange
Textile Exchange is a membership-based non-profit dedicated to accelerating sustainable practices in the textile industry. TE envisions a textile industry that protects and restores the environment and enhances lives. Industry Integrity is foundational to the work of Textile Exchange, and seeks to support the transparency and integrity of sustainability claims in the marketplace. Other TE standards include the OE Standards, the Content Claim Standard and the Global Recycle Standard. To learn more about Textile Exchange, visit the website: http://textileexchange.org/

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