The Better Cotton Initiative (BCI) says its members sourced a document 1.7 mn tonnes of its ‘Higher Cotton’ in 2020 – a year-on-year enhance of 13 per cent. The organization says its ‘demand-driven funding mannequin’ means this immediately interprets into elevated funding in coaching for cotton farmers on extra sustainable practices.
The BCI brings collectively the complete cotton sector, from farmers, ginners and spinners to civil society organisations and main world retailers and types, in its bid to determine extra sustainable cotton because the norm.
Higher Cotton – the cotton grown by licensed BCI Farmers – kinds a major a part of many style corporations’ portfolios of extra sustainable cotton, alongside natural, Fairtrade and recycled cotton.
Paula Lum Younger-Bautil, the BCI’s membership and provide chain deputy director, commented: “BCI members remained targeted on their commitments to sustainability via what was a difficult yr.
“From civil society members supporting farmers on protecting measures for COVID-19, to industrial members persevering with to supply Higher Cotton, and thereby put money into cotton farming communities, BCI Members had been extra energetic and engaged than ever. Now we sit up for 2021 and supporting much more bold sourcing plans from our rising membership.”
H&M’s environmental sustainability supervisor Cecilia Brannsten stated: “H&M Group desires to guide the change in direction of round and local weather constructive style, and one of many key instruments to do that is to shift from standard cotton to cotton sourced in a extra sustainable approach.
“We’ve got come a good distance on this journey and it’s constructive that an growing variety of corporations, together with H&M Group, are sourcing extra sustainable cotton, together with cotton sourced via the Higher Cotton Initiative.
“Contributing to actual impression at farm degree to assist cotton growers to embrace environmentally friendlier, and socially and economically sustainable farming strategies is essential to us and BCI permits us to attain that.”
BCI’s 2020 statistics additionally reveal that much more Higher Cotton was produced than the quantity sourced by manufacturers and retailers, with spinners sourcing 2.7 million tonnes in complete from farmers.