Round Table 2019-06-28T10:19:25+00:00

Textile Exchange’s Biosynthetics Round Table kicked off in 2016, and the inaugural in-person meeting in Hamburg attracted much interest from attendees wanting to learn more about this emerging area. Biosynthetics form part of Textile Exchange’s portfolio of preferred fiber and materials (PFMs) due to their production from either partial or 100% renewable feedstocks/raw materials.

The first task of the Biosynthetics Round Table has been to research and create this microsite. It has involved the gathering and synthesis of available information and resources on biosynthetics, with the goal of enabling this relatively new material to become a larger part of a company’s PFM portfolio. A big thank you to biov8tion for leading this project and to Virent for their valuable support and input.

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The vision is for a future where material choices work in harmony with the environment, without compromising aesthetics or performance.


To create a framework, network and business case on which the industry has the knowledge, confidence and supply chain connections to collectively move from fossil to renewable biobased resources, with use of 100% renewable materials, resulting in substantial reductions in climate change impacts.


(funding/sponsorship opportunities)

March 2012


  • Initial Working Group formed
  • Release of initial report

March 2015


  • Second Working Group formed

March 2016


  • Biosynthetics Round Table (Hamburg)
  • kick off

January 2017


  • development

March 2017

Future projects

  • enhancement*
  • chat forum*
  • Supply chain mapping*
  • Polymer content development*
  • Sustainability metrics (land use, GMOs)*
  • Certification*
  • Economies of […] and the Biosynthetics Round Table are initiatives of Textile Exchange, a non-profit organization incorporated in 2002. Textile Exchange operates internationally and is committed to the responsible expansion of textile sustainability across the global textile value chain. Textile Exchange is headquartered in the USA with staff and ambassadors located worldwide.


Textile Exchange provides a platform for multistakeholder collaboration. Together, with our members and industry experts Textile Exchange works to accelerate the learning, growth and development of preferred fibers and materials.

Textile Exchange has a global outreach that spans the full supply chain and, as a neutral non-profit organization, is set up to facilitate an industry-wide incentive to direct biosynthetics development to more mainstream commercial reality.

Textile Exchange is an industry leader in textile standards. As a fiber at a relatively early stage of development, certification parameters need to be developed specifically for textile and apparel use. Textile Exchange has the infrastructure already in place to spearhead this. Bio certification can be made to fit within the already well-established Textile Exchange standards portfolio.