Textile Exchange reveals winners of Ryan Young Climate+ Awards

Nonprofit Textile Exchange has announced the winners of its inaugural
Ryan Young Climate+ Awards, honouring five sustainable textile industry
leaders, recognised for their work in organic, recycled and regenerative

Each recipient has been acknowledged for their role in driving progress
towards Textile Exchange’s Climate+ Strategy goal of achieving a 45 percent
greenhouse gas reduction in the textile fibre and material production phase
by 2030.

Two titles are awarded to recipients. Individuals, teams or departments
within an organisation that display an overall commitment to this strategy
are considered to be ‘Climate Leaders’, while the ‘Rising Star’ title
recognises young leaders with up to three years of sustainability
experience and have already demonstrated impressive leadership.

The announcement occured during the Textile Exchange’s ongoing 2021
Textile Sustainability Conference, hosted in Dublin, Ireland. In a
partnership with the Sustainable Apparel Coalition, the event looks to
encourage impact and sustainable efficiency through a full week of
presentations, panels and networking opportunities.

“It is exciting to honour several award recipients who are just starting
out in their careers alongside others who have been driving impact
reduction for many years,” said Beth Jensen, Climate+ Strategy director at
Textile Exchange, in a release.

She continued: “The sense of urgency we face as an industry and a global
community has never been greater, and it’s only through efforts like these
that we will have any chance of evolving the way we do business in our
industry toward preserving a livable and abundant way of life for all.”

The Ryan Young Climate+ Awards 2021 winners

Four ‘Climate Leaders’ were awarded at the ceremony, including Rebecca
Burgess, the executive director of Fibershed. Burgess dedicates her work to
collaborating with growers, scientists and textile brands to research and
demonstrate ‘climate beneficial’ cotton and wool. Prama Bhardwaj and the
Mantis World team has also been awarded, with the printwear company
responsible for multiple brand transitions to certified organic cotton.

Coyuchi’s team and lead Margot Lyons are additionally among the
recipients, jointly recognised alongside the team of the Spanish
organisation, Recover. The two companies partnered on supplying recycled
materials to Recover’s ‘2nd Home Take Back’ programme, turning discarded
textiles into reusable fibres.

Two ‘Rising Star’ recipients have also been revealed, including
Annabelle Hutter, global creative director of Säntis Textiles, and Landon
Nash, the founder and CEO of Tact & Stone. Tact & Stone, the menswear
company, has utilised organic and recycled fibres since its launch, while
Hutter is being recognised for working closely with fashion brands in
regards to Säntis Textiles’ RCO100 recycled cotton programme.

The awards were established in memory of Ryan Young, Textile Exchange’s
CEO from 2017 to 2020. Young led the development of the organisation’s
Climate+ strategy and assisted in the development of eco-conscious goals to
be adopted company-wide.


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