With the latest release of Organic Exchange’s annual ranking of the top purchasers of organic cotton, we were more than pleased to hear that even in the face of a troubled economy, the global retail sales of organic cotton apparel and home textiles reached an estimated $4.3 billion—a 35 percent increase from 2008! But the most interesting bit of this news was to find out which retailers have taken the reigns of this movement. Take a look at Organic Exchange’s top organic cotton purchasers of 2009 – a few names that made this list just might surprise you!