The Fuar Izmir exhibition center.

Textile Exchange, in collaboration with Turkish trade show producer IZFAŞ, will stage a series of workshops on April 30 as part of the Ekoloji Izmir Organic Products Fair, which is dedicated to the organic sector in Turkey.

This will be the seventh year of the fair, which will take place April 27 to 30 at year-old Fuarizmir, the largest and most modern exhibition center in Turkey.

The workshops will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and will focus on how the global organic cotton business is developing and what role Turkey is playing in growing, processing and selling organic cotton products.

Textile Exchange said with a growing global demand for more sustainable fiber and textiles and the special offering Turkish textile companies have to play, this workshop covers the landscape of organic cotton, other “preferred fibers” growing in demand and popularity, and textile sustainability, with a focus on Turkey, Central Asia and Europe.

TE will also look at the challenges the country faces, including the current social challenges in the region. This includes increasing pressures on land and resources, competition in speed, quality and price of production, and more regulations and standards. The workshop will address what businesses need to do in this climate.

Attendees will also learn more about the key sustainability trends and future prospects in the textiles sector for organic cotton and beyond, both globally and with a focus on Turkey. Discussions will be held on ways to plan or redefine corporate strategies in this regard, and ways to explore opportunities to add value to business practices and reputation throughout the supply chain.

Best practice examples of key players in the industry will be presented as a guideline to identifying the required next steps and achievable actions required for improvement and innovation for businesses, specifically in the region.

Textile Exchange’s mission is to inspire and equip companies to accelerate sustainable practices in the textile value chain. It focuses on minimizing the harmful impacts of the global textile industry and maximizing its positive effects.