By  on October 28, 2008

It isn’t easy being green — especially when there’s less green around. Experts in organic textiles and the environmental movement warn that cutbacks in corporate social responsibility are likely to be part of belt-tightening measures undertaken by manufacturers as the recession takes hold. Participants at the Organic Exchange Global Conference and Marketplace held in Porto, Portugal, this month suggested the apparel industry’s drive to sustainability can still bloom in today’s harsh economic climate.

Still, the organic industry’s time-old conundrum — how to achieve price parity with conventional goods — has never been more critical. Goods with a price premium may remain highly niche, warned Nick Chiarelli, director of consumer trends at GfK Roper Consulting, which, in a study conducted six months ago, found that apparel is one of the first things Americans will spend less on.

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