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American Bamboo Society
The American Bamboo Society (ABS) was formed in 1979 and became incorporated in the state of California in 1981. Today we have over 700 members living throughout the U.S. and in 37 other countries. The ABS issues a bimonthly magazine, BAMBOO , and the Journal of the American Bamboo Society, which is issued irregularly. We sponsor lectures, conferences, tours and plant sales in the chapter areas. Chapters maintain bamboo libraries, distribute publications and donate plants to public gardens. Although bamboo seed is rare, we distribute seed to members when it is available. Since 1980, the ABS has successfully introduced many new species of bamboo to the U.S. We are a member of the World Bamboo Organization, an association of bamboo societies throughout the world, which sponsors an international bamboo conference every four years.

Canadian Hemp Trade Alliance
The CHTA is a national organization that promotes Canadian hemp and hemp products globally. Established in 2003 the Alliance represents those involved in Canada’s hemp industry. Members include; farmers, processors, manufacturers, researchers, entrepreneurs and marketers.The key functions of the Alliance are to disseminate information, promote the use of nutritional and industrial hemp and coordinate research.

European Industrial Hemp Association (EIHA)
The European Industrial Hemp Association was formed as an association of Hemp primary processing companies within the EU (regular members). Associate members are associations, national organizations, companies and individuals working in the field of Hemp or other natural fibers.

Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS)

The OTCO fiber program certifies to the Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS), which is dedicated specifically for Fiber & Textile Handling and production. GOTS is a project of the International Working Group, who developed these consensus-based standards over many years of discussion and deliberation. The aim of the standard is to define requirements to ensure organic status of textiles, from harvesting of the raw materials, through environmentally and socially responsible manufacturing up to labeling in order to provide a credible assurance to the end consumer. The standards work to expand the potential organic supply chain and further developing global organic fiber and textile infrastructure.

Hemp Industries Association 
The Hemp Industries Association is a non-profit trade group representing hemp companies, researchers and supporters. We are at the forefront of the drive for fair and equal treatment of industrial hemp. Since 1992, the HIA has been dedicated to education, industry development, and the accelerated expansion of hemp world market supply and demand.

Ontario Hemp Alliance (OHA)
The Ontario Hemp Alliance  was founded when a group of hemp growers, processors and manufacturers realized the great potential of producing and marketing hemp. They began in 1998 with a series of meetings, which resulted in the formation of an association that would recognize and meet the needs of this young and evolving industry. The mandate and membership reflects the broad interest in hemp from all sectors of the economy.

Organic Materials Review Institute
OMRI is a nonprofit organization created to benefit the organic community and the general public. Its primary mission is to publish and disseminate generic and specific (brand name) lists of materials allowed and prohibited for use in the production, processing, and handling of organic food and fiber. OMRI also conducts scientific research and education on the use of materials by the organic industry.

World Bamboo Organization
The World Bamboo Organization is a diverse group consisting of individual people, commercial businesses, non-profit associations, institutions, and allied trade corporations that all share a common interest = BAMBOO. The purpose of the WBO is to improve and promote this common interest, as well as the conditions affecting, and the industry surrounding, this common interest. We are dedicated to promoting the use of bamboo and bamboo products for the sake of the environment and economy.


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