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Prada Joins Textile Exchange

Prada Group announced it has become member of Textile Exchange, a global nonprofit organization in the fiber and materials industry that guides companies toward a more purposeful production from the start of the supply chain.

Textile Exchange, which boasts a membership of more than 700 brands and retailers, develops, manages and promotes a suite of industry standards, as well as collects and publishes critical industry data and insights that enable brands and retailers to measure, manage and track their use of preferred fiber and materials.

Prada said the membership was in line with the company’s sustainability strategy, enabling its relevant internal stakeholders to develop new expertise on responsible materials and advanced solutions within the textile industry. Greater awareness on materials used in the production process will also help the Italian luxury company to progress on its climate strategy.

The news comes as Prada continues investing in sustainable collections.

In January, the premium brand together with Adidas introduced the “third chapter” of their ongoing collaboration with Adidas for Prada Re-Nylon, a collection of ready-to-wear, accessories, bags and shoes that features Prada’s Re-Nylon fabric, a “regenerated” alternative to virgin nylon made using ocean plastic, fishing nets and textile waste. Since the end of 2021, Prada has made the transition to the recycled version, which it says can be continuously recycled without sacrificing quality. The material was developed with Aquafil, whose Econyl fabric is found in fashion from brands including Reformation and Stella McCartney.

Meanwhile, Prada Group and UNESCO’s Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission promote Sea Beyond, an educational program to raise awareness of sustainability and ocean preservation. The project, which has been supported by a percentage of the proceeds from the sales of the Prada Re-Nylon collection, underscores the Prada Group’s commitment to sustainable choices, in line with the United Nations 2030 Agenda and its 17 Sustainable Development Goals.

Since its debut in 2019, the project has trained around 300 international secondary school students and, in January 2021, was officially linked to the UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development.