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Five to receive recognition at Intercot

 


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Five to receive recognition at Intercot

 

CHICAGO, IL (May 1, 2005)-Five leaders in the organic textile sector will be recognized at the 4th International Conference on Organic Textiles (Intercot). The five 2005 Intercot Awards will be presented Monday evening, May 2, during a dinner party on a luxury yacht cruising Lake Michigan.

 

Besides obtaining numerous award applications, the organizers and Intercot participants nominated companies in the categories of farming, manufacturing, retail/trade, social accountability and fashion design to recognize their important contributions made to organic textiles.

 

Award recipients will include:

  • Stephan Bergman, Bergman Sweden, "Organic Cultivation" award
    Bergman Sweden AB began an organic cotton project in Peru in1986. After five years of development, the first certified organic cotton was on the market. Starting with just a few farmers, the area has grown significantly, and in 2005 more than 250 farmers harvested almost 500 metric tons of ginned organic cotton. Bergman Sweden is a member of the International Association of Natural Textile Industry (IVN) in Germany and the Organic Trade Association in the United States.
  • Jorgen Morup, Morup Stof, Denmark, "Manufacturing" award
    In 1969, Jorgen Morup started his own circular knitting company, and since then nature's own material has been a priority. As the organic fashion trend declined, Jorgen Morup remained committed and continued to develop the brand CoCoBi as a 100% organic product. The emphasis of CocoBi is color. This is one factor that distinguishes Morup Stof from other companies, and it has become the first and biggest supplier of organic knitted fabrics in fashionable colors and designs in Northern Europe. To improve their flexibility and competitiveness production mills are IVN certified in both Denmark and Estonia. Since 1997, Morup Stof has an environmental management system. Furthermore, it is certified according EU-Flower. Today Morup Stof is positioned at the forefront of several manufacturers and is recognized as a strong key supplier of organic textiles.
  • Chieko Watanabe of Avanti Inc., Japan, "Retail/Trade" award
    Chieko Watanabe's aim is to protect the environment for our descendants and to merchandise spiritually rich and comfortable products for customers as well as her staff. She has achieved a high reputation among consumers for the excellent quality of her products made out of organic cotton and produced with fewer chemicals, no bleach and no dyes. The products are sold at several popular department stores and many shops in Japan and through mail-order. Avanti has had a booth at Japan Creation, the biggest textile trade fair in Japan, at IFFE in New York in 2002 and 2003, and at Premiere Vision in Paris. Avanti fabrics and products are now traded in Italy, France, Germany, United Kingdom, USA, Austria, UAE, Russia, Korea and Hong Kong. Avanti has grown to a staff of 22 and imports 10% of organic cotton produced in Texas every year.
  • Bená Burda, Maggie's Organcs, "Social Accountability" award
    Bená Burda initiated the Cooperativa Maquiladora Mujeres sewing cooperative in Nicaragua. She is being recognized for her work to empower Nicaraguan hurricane victims and for building a social model that can be reproduced in any other country as well. Maquiladora Mujeres has a policy of not allowing anyone to work more than three months without applying for membership in the cooperative. It implemented this policy in order to avoid a worker vs. owner dynamic. In its words: "We are all worker-owners and we all have a vested interest in the health and success of our business." Worker-owners are treated fairly.
  • Egon Heger, Holstein Flachs, Germany, "Fashion Design" award
    Trend shows, sample books and fashion information indicate that linen as a material and look will get much attention for fabrics by the summer of 2006. An important theme for fabric design is organic linen blended with wool or silk. This development started with Egon Heger and his company Holstein Flachs. With passion and enthusiasm for linen of best and organic quality, he built up a textile chain that completely takes place in Germany from farm to the ready-made garment. Ten years ago he designed and developed the first organic linen/wool blends as knits and woven articles. These innovative fabrics were introduced and shown as trans seasonal linen at the European linen association Masters of linen, at the Première Vision in Paris, the CPD fabrics in Düsseldorf, and the Munich fabric start.

 

Serving on the awards committee were Katherine DiMatteo (Organic Trade Association, USA), Katharina Schaus (it fits - Organic Development Support, Germany), Dr. Rainer Bächi (Institute for Marketeclology, Switzerland) and Gerald Herrmann (International Federation of Organic Agricultural Movements ).

 

Detailed documentation and copies of the conference proceedings can be ordered at the conference office. Further information is available at the conference website www.intercot.org or contact Katharina Schaus at the conference office, phone number ++49 - 7531 - 8 92 73 22.

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OTA - Organic Trade Association
(USA Conference office, contact David Gagnon)
P.O. Box 547, Greenfield MA 01302, USA
Phone 1-(413)-774-7511 ext. 25, Fax: 1-(413)-774-6432
info@ota.com, www.ota.com

 

it fits - Organic Development Support
(Europe Conference office, contact Katharina Schaus)
Line-Eid-Str. 1, 78467 Konstanz, Germany
Phone +49-(7531)-8927322, Fax +49-(7531)-8927323
info@intercot.org, www.intercot.org

 

 

4th International Conference on Organic Textiles
May 1st - 3rd, 2005,
Convention Center, McCormick Place Chicago, Illinois

 

OTA - Organic Trade Association
(USA Conference office, contact David Gagnon)
P.O. Box 547, Greenfield MA 01302, USA
Phone 1-(413)-774-7511 ext. 25, Fax: 1-(413)-774-6432
info@ota.com, www.ota.com

 

it fits - Organic Development Support
(Europe Conference office, contact Katharina Schaus)
Line-Eid-Str. 1, 78467 Konstanz, Germany
Phone +49-(7531)-8927322, Fax +49-(7531)-8927323
info@intercot.org, www.intercot.org

 

 



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