C&A continues to lead in Organic Cotton
Düsseldorf, October 13th, 2017
C&A again takes first place as the world’s largest user of certified organic cotton in Textile Exchange’s 2017 Preferred Fiber and Materials Market Report. In 2016, 33 percent of the cotton pieces sold by C&A were made of certified organic cotton.
Textile Exchange estimates that through the purchase of certified organic cotton, C&A has saved 136.8 billion litres of water, prevented the use of 125,976 kilograms of pesticides, improved the soil of more than 139,973 hectares of land, and prevented the emission of 58.6 million kilograms of CO2 equivalents.
Beyond organic, C&A has also been recognized as the third largest user of more sustainable cotton, including cotton sourced under the Better Cotton Initiative (BCI).
In 2016, C&A has also achieved the leading position for preferred Man Made Cellulosic fibres - including Viscose, Modal and Lyocell - demonstrating the brand’s commitment to sourcing fibres free from ancient and endangered forests, and in line with the Canopy Style Initiative.
In its report Textile Exchange compares the sustainable materials data of 94 companies, comprising the world’s leading fashion retailers.
“Being the world’s number one fashion retailer in the use of Organic Cotton and Man Made Cellulosic is a great achievement and demonstrates how our sustainable materials strategy is making a difference. As a significant buyer of agricultural materials like cotton and wood pulp, we are committed to creating better outcomes for farmers, communities and forests.”
Jeffrey Hogue, Chief Sustainability Officer at C&A
“C&A and C&A Foundation have taken on an industry-leading role for many years and their commitment to Organic Cotton and other sustainable materials are a vital contribution to the advancement of a more sustainable textile industry.”
Liesl Truscott, European and Materials Strategy Director at Textile Exchange
Organic cotton: less water, less CO2. C&A is a pioneer in the use of organic cotton in the industry. It has been more than a decade since it introduced the first organic cotton products to its collection. In 2016, 33% of C&A´s cotton was certified to third-party standards such as the Organic Content Standard (OCS) or the Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS). In addition, 20% of the volume of cotton was sourced as Better Cotton.When compared to conventional cotton, organic cotton has significantly less impact on the environment. Grown without pesticides, synthetic fertilizers or genetically modified organisms (GMO), organic cotton uses up to 91 percent less water and reduces global warming potential by 46 percent(1).
But organic cotton remains only a small fraction of the global cotton production. Therefore, C&A is working closely with C&A Foundation and partners across the globe to help farmers overcome the barriers that keep them from growing organic cotton.
For example, in 2009, C&A co-founded the social enterprise CottonConnect which aims to connect brands and retailers to farmers, thereby creating a transparent supply chain, training farmers in agro-economic practices, and supporting the enhancement of farmer livelihoods and strong farming communities.
C&A and C&A Foundation are also founding members of the Organic Cotton Accelerator, an industry-wide collaboration to create a prosperous cotton sector by leveraging buying practices to the benefit of farmers, improving access to quality organic seeds, and securing the integrity of organic cotton throughout the supply chain. C&A Foundation also founded two other multi-stakeholder initiatives to drive the production and uptake of organic cotton, including Cotton 2040 and the Organic & Fair Trade Cotton Secretariat.
To learn more about C&A’s approach to more sustainable cotton, please have a look at our Global Sustainability Report 2016: http://sustainability.c-and-a.com/
(1)Textile Exchange, 2014. Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) of Organic Cotton
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