TextileExchange releases 2012 Organic Cotton Report
TextileExchange has just released its 2012 Organic Cotton Report (it is commercially available to non-members) presenting highlights on other preferred fibres. It includes the annual Top Ten list of companies by use of organic cotton volume, and, for the first time ever, a Top Ten list of companies by percentage of organic cotton increase from 2011. In addition key findings such as the fact that 71 % of respondents are planning to increase the usage of organic cotton for 2013 and that additional more sustainable fibres are also slated for growth.
Clothier C&A Europe is the foremost user of certified organic cotton, it used 2012 over 22000 t or 78 % more than 2011. This means that C&A is number one on the TE list “Top Ten Users of Organic Cotton” and “Top Ten Users by Percent Growth”.
Loa Rhea Pepper, managing director of TE indicated: “C&A had already a leading position in view to usage of certified organic cotton. The engagement of the company goes well beyond the sale of a product. Supported by the C&A Foundation, the company invests in social and environmental programmes focusing on community projects in cotton planting regions. In addition training and schooling for cotton farmers and other important partners of the organic cotton supply chain are organised.”
Phil Chamberlain, Head of Sustainable Business Development at C&A underlines: “Our success with the Organic Cotton Market Report from TE makes clear that we stick to the long term voluntary commitment for the benefit of the planting of organic cotton, and by doing that we are reaching also an improvement of the living conditions of the respective farmers. This engagement is considered an integrated ingredient of our sustainable company strategy.”
C&A sold during 2012 more than 80 million products (+140 %) made from organic cotton and its share amounts to 30 % of total lines. For 2013 it is planned to increase the sales volume to 100 million units and up to 2020 the entire collection should base on sustainable planting, including organic cotton. C&A Europe disposes of over 1575 sales points in 21 European countries and counts more than 37500 associates and is one of the leading fashion retailers in Europe. The company belongs to Cofra Holding AG.