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Organic cotton accelerator launched

A new initiative aimed at accelerating the uptake of organic cotton has been launched with the backing of retailers such as C&A, H&M and Eileen Fisher, as well as Textile Exchange. The Organic Cotton Accelerator (OCA) will work with "the entire supply chain" in order "to find and fund innovative ways to ensure the supply of organic cotton." The idea for the initiative was first discussed at Textile Exchange's organic cotton roundtable in Istanbul in 2013. The OCA lists its objectives as increasing the supply of and demand for organic cotton, improving social, environmental and economic prosperity for organic cotton farmers, promoting best practices throughout the organic cotton value chain and ensuring the financial viability of OCA.
Source: EcoTextile News (Wednesday, November 19, 2014)
Wednesday, November 19, 2014
Submitted by Andrea Bischof

Findings announced of organic cotton LCA

46 per cent reduced global warming potential; 70 per cent less acidification potential; 26 per cent reduced eutrophication potential (soil erosion); 91 per cent reduced blue water consumption; and 62 per cent reduced primary energy demand. These are the most significant LCA findings when comparing organic cotton to conventional.

Textile Exchange used this year's annual conference to announce the results of the first ever Life Cycle Assessment of organic cotton. The findings suggest organic cotton compares highly favourably when measured against conventional cotton in areas such as water consumption, global warming, energy demand and soil erosion.
Source: EcoTextile News (Wednesday, November 19, 2014)
Wednesday, November 19, 2014
Submitted by Andrea Bischof

CmiA launches organic cotton standard

Through its Cotton made in Africa (CmiA) programme, the Aid by Trade Foundation (AbTF) has officially launched its ‘CmiA Organic Standard’ onto the market for the first time. The standard principally combines existing organic standards with socio-economic criteria regarding food security, farmer income, and gender equality. It also draws on criteria from the European Organic Regulation’s 834/2007, the Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) standard, and previous social and economic criteria implemented in CmiA’s principles.
Source: EcoTextile News (Wednesday, November 19, 2014)
Wednesday, November 19, 2014
Submitted by Andrea Bischof

Action plan in Ethiopia against land grabbing

H&M has told Ecotextile News it has established an action plan to prevent land-grabbing in Ethiopia. The plan will be followed by its staff on the ground in the country, where we last week reported links between proposed new organic cotton projects in the Lower Omo Valley, Southern Ethiopia and land grabs of virgin land, including the removal of populations and human rights abuses. While H&M has confirmed it was not involved in the Lower Omo Valley project, to its credit, the Swedish retailer appears to have moved swiftly on the issue of land-grabbing in Ethiopia generally.
Source: EcoTextile News (Wednesday, November 19, 2014)
Wednesday, November 19, 2014
Submitted by Andrea Bischof

Aid by Trade Foundation to Launch CmiA-Organic Cotton on the Market for the First Time

New CmiA-Organic Standard Creates Market Access and Social Added Value for African Organic Cotton Farmers

The Aid by Trade Foundation (AbTF) is the largest cotton initiative in Africa and is committed to integrating cotton originating from Africa into the textile industry with increasing success. The foundation is now also dedicated to promoting organic cotton production in Africa as well as its competitiveness on international markets. After successful verification of the Tanzanian cotton company BioSustain, organic cotton according to the CmiA Organic Standard is now available on the market.
Source: CmiA (Thursday, November 13, 2014)
Thursday, November 13, 2014
Submitted by Andrea Bischof

Organic cotton projects linked with deforestation

New organic cotton projects in the Lower Omo Valley, Southern Ethiopia linked with the deforestation of virgin and protected land and the removal of populations and human rights abuses. The projects have clear connections with a leading Turkish textile manufacturer, and Ecotextile News is currently verifying whether organic cotton supply arrangements from the projects are already in place with three major western retailers.
Source: EcoTextile News (Wednesday, November 05, 2014)
Thursday, November 06, 2014
Submitted by Andrea Bischof

CMiA partner leaves cotton sector

A local partner of Cotton Made in Africa (CMiA) has withdrawn from the initiative with immediate effect, and instead has chosen to focus on the production of food crops. CMiA cited ‘economic reasons’ for the withdrawl of Cargill Zimbabwe from the African cotton industry.
Source: EcoTextile News (Tuesday, November 04, 2014)
Thursday, November 06, 2014
Submitted by Andrea Bischof

Turkish organic cotton anomalies clarified

Anomalies in the Turkish section of the Textile Exchange annual report on organic cotton, which were questioned by Ecotextile News, have been clarified after tighter verification audits – as well as rising production costs – which appear to be the main reasons behind a recent fall in the production of organic cotton in Turkey.

Regionally, according to the recently released Textile Exchange report, Turkish production has fallen due to rising production costs and a switch to easier and more lucrative crops. But the report also says data on organic cotton farming has been 'purified' because, "in the past few years, the attractive subsidies on all organic field crops including cotton were abused."
Source: EcoTextile News (Monday, September 29, 2014)
Monday, October 06, 2014
Submitted by Andrea Bischof

Organic cotton: at a crossroads?

New research has highlighted ongoing uncertainties facing the organic cotton sector after figures from the latest Textile Exchange report confirmed a 50 per cent drop in organic cotton production in the past five years.

Ecotextile News has canvassed opinion from several leading protagonists in the organic cotton sector from around the globe and found that the issues which have historically dogged the sector – such as an absence of supply chain traceability, a lack of clear commitment from brands, and an inability by farmers to obtain price premiums – refuse to go away, and may even be getting worse.
Source: EcoTextile News (Friday, September 12, 2014)
Monday, October 06, 2014
Submitted by Andrea Bischof

Organic cotton aim for Columbia

The latest initiative from the Textile Cluster Preparation of Tolima (CTCT) aims to develop organic cotton production in Columbia, in turn increasing textile imports and exports throughout the country.
Source: EcoTextile News (Tuesday, September 09, 2014)
Thursday, September 11, 2014
Submitted by Andrea Bischof

Cotton Horizons

The complete guide to cotton standards, sustainability initiatives and regional programmes: facts and greenwash.
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Source: Written by Simon Ferrigno & Edited by John Mowbray. (Thursday, August 28, 2014)
Thursday, August 28, 2014
Submitted by Andrea Bischof

Textile Exchange released Organic Cotton Report - from Farm to Market

For the first time ever, the Organic Cotton Report combines the annual Farm and Fiber Report with the Organic Cotton Market Report – reflecting the growing interconnectedness of the supply chain and allowing us to look at it more holistically.

The report explains the fall in production of organic cotton despite growing consumer demand and suggests solutions for redressing this imbalance. It also reveals the much-anticipated Top 10 lists, including the Top 10 Organic Cotton using companies in which H&M has reclaimed its position at top of the table, just above C&A.
Source: TextileExchange.org (Saturday, August 23, 2014)
Wednesday, August 27, 2014
Submitted by Andrea Bischof

ICAC head critical of cotton “demonisation”

ICAC's former executive director Terry Townsend has hit out at the sustainable cotton lobby for its ongoing “demonisation” of conventional cotton and called for discussions around cotton production to be “grounded in current reality and objective science.” “Some of the identity cottons demonise conventional cotton in order to justify the license fees or premiums built into their programs,” Townsend told Ecotextile News during a lively debate on sustainable cottons with independent organic and conventional cotton expert, Peter Ton.
Source: EcoTextile News (Wednesday, May 14, 2014)
Wednesday, May 14, 2014
Submitted by Andrea Bischof

India to set up organic cotton secretariat

Representatives from the Indian organic cotton industry have agreed to set up a new organic and fair cotton secretariat to focus on industry policy, manage and identify resources and provide support services to accelerate the growth of the organic cotton sector.
Source: EcoTextile News (Tuesday, April 29, 2014)
Wednesday, April 30, 2014
Submitted by Andrea Bischof

C&A warns of organic cotton shortage

Apparel retailer C&A, reportedly the largest buyer of organic cotton, has warned that despite an increasing demand for organic cotton in international markets, global production continues to decline, and says that counteracting this reduction is a “special priority.”

After worldwide production of organic cotton continuously rose up to 2011, crop yields subsequently sank by 8 per cent in the following years, C&A states, regardless of the fact that 50 percent of production countries increased their production of organic cotton.
Source: EcoTextile News (Tuesday, April 08, 2014)
Thursday, April 24, 2014
Submitted by Andrea Bischof

California: organic cotton-free zone

A lack of demand for organic cotton means it will not be planted in California for the first time in many years after Don Cameron, president and general manager of Terranova Ranch Inc., located 25 miles SW of Fresno, said he is unable to sell his current stockpile of organic cotton. Cameron, for several years the only organic cotton farmer in the State, told Ecotextile News: “This year it will not be planted here. The demand is so low that I am unable to sell what organic cotton I have in inventory. I can plant other organic crops on this land that are profitable and in demand by consumers, i.e. food."



Source: EcoTextile News (Wednesday, March 26, 2014)
Tuesday, April 01, 2014
Submitted by Andrea Bischof

Huge growth forecast for identity cottons

Standard-compliant cotton produced from programmes such as the Better Cotton Initiative and organic could account for around a quarter of global production by 2020 according to a new report, which carried out a comprehensive review of leading identity cotton initiatives. The report claims sustainability will provide a vital basis for differentiation between cotton and its substitutes moving forwards – improving quality, security of supply and, consequently, market competitiveness.

Source: EcoTextile News (Tuesday, March 11, 2014)
Monday, March 17, 2014
Submitted by Andrea Bischof

Organic cotton facing testing times in India

Organic’s share of the identity cotton market is declining in India due to pricing issues, the lack of availability of non-GMO seeds, and the “multiple costs” of certification which are having a knock-on effect on end-consumer products. Brands sourcing from India are shifting to Better Cotton Initiative (BCI) cotton which, due to current market conditions, is attracting a premium over organic cotton.

Source: EcoTextile News (Tuesday, March 11, 2014)
Monday, March 17, 2014
Submitted by Andrea Bischof

NGOs launch forum on sustainable cotton

The WWF and German humanitarian NGO, Welthungerhilfe, used the recent Berlin Fashion Week to launch a new forum on sustainable cotton, key goals of which are providing information about the use of sustainable cotton and looking at possibilities to increase transparency in the textile supply chain. The event saw WWF, Welthungerhilfe and Bremen Cotton Exchange hold talks on a wide range of issues from land use, GM seeds and world market prices for African cotton. The Cotton made in Africa initiative also introduced itself as an alternative for textile companies, and ways in which companies can integrate African cotton into their supply chain were examined. This was followed by a discussion among the participants on transparency in the value chain and the shared responsibility of trade in enforcing sustainability standards.
Source: EcoTextile News (Monday, January 27, 2014)
Thursday, January 30, 2014
Submitted by Andrea Bischof

Plans for organic cotton taskforce

Proposals for a groundbreaking initiative that could rapidly accelerate growth in the organic cotton market are been discussed by leading clothing brands such as C&A, Kering, Inditex, G-Star, Loomstate, Eileen Fisher, H&M and Patagonia.
Source: Ecotextile News (Wednesday, December 18, 2013)
Wednesday, December 18, 2013
Submitted by Andrea Bischof

Long-term trial in India shows: Organic Cotton is competitive with GM crops

Organic cotton shows lower yields than genetically modified (GM) Bt cotton. Nevertheless, the lower production costs render the production of organic cotton feasible. The result, however, strongly depends on the environmental conditions, mainly the weather. These conclusions emerge from a long-term experiment in India, carried out by a team of experts of the Research Institute of Organic Agriculture (FiBL) in collaboration with bioRe Association, the local farmers’ umbrella organization. The results of this study have now been published in the online journal PLOS ONE.
Source: Fibl.org (Thursday, December 05, 2013)
Monday, December 09, 2013
Submitted by Andrea Bischof

USA and Australia partner on responsible cotton

Cotton Australia and Cotton Incorporated have today launched the new ‘Cotton Leads’ program, which aims to highlight the responsible and transparent way that cotton is grown in Australia and the United States. The new initiative includes conventional and organic upland and pima cotton grown in Australia and the United States, which together account for around 17 per cent of global cotton production. The two partners emphasise the new program will complement, rather than compete with, existing cotton sustainability certification programs.
Source: EcoTextile News (Wednesday, October 16, 2013)
Wednesday, October 16, 2013
Submitted by Andrea Bischof

Textile Exchange releases 2012 Organic Cotton Market Report

Textile Exchange is pleased to announce the release of the 2012 Organic Cotton Market Report with highlights on other preferred fibers. This report includes our 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. Also included are key findings such as the fact that 71 percent of respondents are planning to increased organic cotton for 2013 and that additional more sustainable fibers are also slated for growth.
Source: Textile Exchange (Wednesday, September 25, 2013)
Friday, September 27, 2013
Submitted by Ashley Gill

New Organic Cotton Inforgraphic

A new infographic from the Cottoned On campaign.
Source: Soil Association (Wednesday, September 25, 2013)
Wednesday, September 25, 2013
Submitted by Ashley Gill

Retailers pledge organic cotton support

After recent production falls, the future looks a little brighter for the organic cotton sector, according to a new market report published today by US-based not-for-profit Textile Exchange. The report says that 71 per cent of retailers it surveyed will boost their use of organic cotton in 2013 with C&A topping the lists of organic cotton users by volume and the percentage growth over the previous year.
Source: Ecotextile News (Wednesday, September 25, 2013)
Wednesday, September 25, 2013
Submitted by Andrea Bischof

Grey water footprint in organic five times less

European clothing retailer C&A and the Water Footprint Network have announced a new partnership to improve water sustainability in the textile supply chain in the wake of their research into water usage, which found that with conventional cultivation, the grey water footprint of cotton is about five times larger than with organic cultivation.
Source: EcoTextile News (Wednesday, August 21, 2013)
Wednesday, August 21, 2013
Submitted by Andrea Bischof

EU organic regulation - European Commission review concludes that organic Textiles will remain out of scope

The EU Commission (DG Agriculture) is in the final stages of a comprehensive review of the EU organic regulation looking at four key issues:
∗ Simplifying the legal framework, whilst ensuring standards are not watered down;
∗ Co-existence of GM crops with organic farming;
∗ Better control systems and trade arrangements for organic products;
∗ Impact of labelling rules.
Organic textiles are not currently included in the EU organic regulation, which cover organic food and farming in Europe. This means that the use of the term ‘organic’ is not controlled in the European market, so there are inappropriate and inaccurate claims made resulting in consumer confusion and the risk of greenwash....
Source: GOTS (Sunday, August 18, 2013)
Monday, August 19, 2013
Submitted by Andrea Bischof

GOTS quashes organic cotton market concerns

A spokesperson from GOTS has moved to quickly dispel concerns about the organic cotton market in the wake of the decision by two mills in Mauritius - RT Knits & Ferney Spinning Mill – not to renew their licenses due to a “drastic decrease” in the market for organic cotton textiles and clothing. The decisions by the mills come amid conflicting evidence from the industry as to whether or not the market for organic cotton is set to grow.

Marcus Bruegel, technical director with the Global Organic Textile Standard, told Ecotextile News that the Mauritian mills’ decisions had to be taken in the context of typical fluctuations - especially in developing countries - in the GOTS program, and stressed that the broader picture is of a net rise in GOTS certified facilities.
Source: EcoTextile News (Wednesday, August 14, 2013)
Wednesday, August 14, 2013
Submitted by Andrea Bischof

BCI outlines expansion plan

The Better Cotton Initiative (BCI) has revealed how it plans to expand production worldwide so that Better Cotton accounts for 30 per cent of overall cotton production by 2020. Ecotextile News experts take a closer look.

Source: EcoTextile News (Monday, July 08, 2013)
Wednesday, July 10, 2013
Submitted by Andrea Bischof

Organic growers claim ‘partial victory’ v Monsanto

A bid by a group of organic seed growers to pre-emptively sue GM giant Monsanto to try gain protection against patent infringement should they ever become contaminated by Monsanto\'s GM seed has once again been turned down by the US courts. However, Organic Seed Growers & Trade Association attorney, Dan Ravicher of the Public Patent Foundation (PUBPAT), is claiming a partial victory because, during the course of the lawsuit, “Monsanto has bound itself to not sue the plaintiffs.” The ruling will have significance for growers of organic cotton.

Source: EcoTextile News (Monday, June 17, 2013)
Wednesday, June 19, 2013
Submitted by Andrea Bischof

Textile Exchange World Environment Day Winning Entries

Textile Exchange partnered with 24 of their member brands, retailers, manufacturers and organic cotton producer groups. Together 12 schools were supported, many in the heart of an organic cotton growing community.

Each child created a masterpiece of art or craft – “From the field to my plate” - looking at the different food crops, grown alongside the cotton, that they enjoy eating on a regular basis.

Follow the link to see the winning entries.
Source: Textile Exchange (Thursday, June 13, 2013)
Thursday, June 13, 2013
Submitted by Ashley Gill

Status report on seed-research project in India

Due to poor availability of genetically unmodified seeds in the Indian market, the bioRe® Foundation, together with the Research Institute of Organic Agriculture (FiBL) and the University of Dharwad in India, has conducted a seeds-evaluation project for three years. Last year six ....
Source: Remei AG, Newsletter (Monday, June 10, 2013)
Wednesday, June 12, 2013
Submitted by Andrea Bischof

EU Fairtrade cotton awards

The first European award scheme that commends the use of Fairtrade cotton useage throughout the supply chain has been launched this week by the Fairtrade Foundation
Source: EcoTextile News (Friday, May 24, 2013)
Wednesday, June 05, 2013
Submitted by Andrea Bischof

Textile Exchange releases 2011-12 Farm & Fiber Report

TE has now released the 2012 Organic Cotton Farm & Fiber Report, which includes the highlights and trends for the 2011-12 season! We explore the reasons behind the biggest growth and the barriers to growth in specific regions, and discuss the reasons why we think they’re occurring.

Press Release; http://www.prweb.com/releases/2013/5/prweb10762733.htm
Source: Textile Exchange (Wednesday, May 22, 2013)
Wednesday, May 29, 2013
Submitted by Ashley Gill

Europe boosts GOTS certification

Over 3000 textile facilities were certified to the Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) in 2011-2012, with an increase of 44 per cent in the number of certified facilities in Europe to 728, according to new data released by the GOTS International Working Group.


The number of facilities certified to the GOTS rose 11 per cent to 3016 facilities in 2012, with the greatest number of companies and plants receiving certification in India, Turkey, China and Germany.

New Zealand, Paraguay, Kenya, Colombia and Bahrain also received their first GOTS certification in 2011 – 2012, with certified facilities now available in 62 countries.

Source: EcoTextile News (Wednesday, April 24, 2013)
Monday, April 29, 2013
Submitted by Andrea Bischof

UK organic textile business grows

Although the overall market for organic products in the UK dipped by 1.5 per cent in 2012, demand for organic textiles continues to rise with the Soil Association reporting a 10 per cent jump in the turnover of its licensees, which mirrors a 10.4 per cent rise in the number of GOTS-certified textile mills globally.
Source: EcoTextile News (Wednesday, March 20, 2013)
Wednesday, March 20, 2013
Submitted by Andrea Bischof

Traceability tool for Remei clothing

A new traceability tool from Swiss manufacturer Remei AG allows consumers to track the supply chain of their organic cotton clothing using a code on the garment’s label.

Source: EcoTextile News (Tuesday, February 26, 2013)
Wednesday, February 27, 2013
Submitted by Andrea Bischof

Organic cotton buying patterns

University students in the US are willing to pay a 25 per cent premium for an organic cotton t-shirt over a conventionally produced cotton equivalent – provided their parents are doing the buying. That’s a key finding of a recent pilot study funded by the WSU Agricultural Research Centre, which found that participants who pay for their own clothing were not willing to pay a premium.

Source: EcoTextile News (Wednesday, February 20, 2013)
Wednesday, February 20, 2013
Submitted by Andrea Bischof

TE remains upbeat on US organic cotton

Textile Exchange head La Rhea Pepper is confident the organic cotton ‘brand’ won’t suffer any long-term damage in the wake of the recent Organic Trade Association report, which showed that severe drought conditions caused organic cotton production in the US to plunge by 45 per cent in 2011.
Source: EcoTextile News (Wednesday, February 13, 2013)
Wednesday, February 13, 2013
Submitted by Andrea Bischof

H&M, C&A, Nike Top Organic Cotton Users

H&M was the biggest user of organic cotton worldwide for the second consecutive year in 2011, according to Textile Exchange’s latest Organic Cotton Market Report.
Source: Environmental Leader (Friday, November 09, 2012)
Friday, November 16, 2012
Submitted by Andrea Bischof

Organic cotton down – but not out

The not-for-profit Textile Exchange has released its sixth annual Organic Cotton Market Report, which reveals a massive 37 per cent drop in organic cotton production in 2011, despite a brand survey that indicated a high proportion of retailers would actually expand their use of organic cotton. The current top users of organic cotton include H&M, C&A, Nike and Inditex.


Source: EcoTextile News (Wednesday, November 07, 2012)
Wednesday, November 07, 2012
Submitted by Andrea Bischof

Global organic cotton campaign launched by the Soil Association and GOTS

The New Organic Cotton Initiative will set the record straight – communicating to both brands and consumers how organic production and processing offers the highest standards and the most reliable, trustworthy system for advocates of sustainability.

The initiative is detailed in a briefing paper - released today, which spells out five unique benefits organic production offers:

1. Give control to farmers, not GM companies
Organic farmers don\'t have their choices controlled by GM companies

2. Eliminate hazardous synthetic pesticides
Organic cotton doesn’t use dangerous pesticides, protecting farmers’ lives and the environment

3. Help farmers feed their families
Organic cotton enables farmers to grow other crops for food and income

4. Save precious water
Organic cotton uses less water, preserving a scarce and precious resource for the future

5. Combat climate change
Organic cotton farming uses less energy and healthy organic soils store more CO2
Source: GOTS & Soil Association (Thursday, October 04, 2012)
Friday, October 05, 2012
Submitted by Andrea Bischof

Record organic cotton crop in Tanzania

African organic cotton project bioRe Tanzania says it forecasts a bumper harvest for the 2012/2013 cropping season with an estimated 10,000 tonnes of cottonseed expected to be produced.
Unseasonal wet weather in Tanzania, with rain falling through the normally dry period from mid-March until mid-May, together with an increase in the number of farmers, has boosted the organic cotton yields at bioRe Tanzania by around 50%.
Source: EcoTextile News (Tuesday, September 25, 2012)
Wednesday, September 26, 2012
Submitted by Andrea Bischof

Japanese pledge improves organic cotton prospects

Two Japanese companies have responded to a global initiative that encourages companies to combine commercial success and sustainable development by pledging to back organic cotton farmers in India.

Under the guidelines of the Business Call to Action (BCtA), Japan-based Itochu Corp. and Kurkku a supplier of sustainably sourced food and apparel have committed to help scale up production of organically produced cotton, with around 30,000 low-income cotton farmers expected to benefit.

The two companies have pledged to scale up their Pre Organic Cotton (POC) Programme, which encourages farmers in India to switch from conventional to organic cotton production by guaranteeing to buy the cotton that is organically produced at a price higher than that of conventional cotton. The commitment is said to be critical to the initiative s success since it typically takes three years for farmers to obtain an organic certification; in the meantime, they are growing organic cotton, which costs more to produce, but are forced to sell it at cheaper, conventional cotton prices.

Source: EcoTextile News (Thursday, August 30, 2012)
Wednesday, September 05, 2012
Submitted by Andrea Bischof

New PUMA Store Offers Organic Cotton

PUMA today opened a sustainable PUMA Store in India, with products including organic cotton and other sustainable materials.
Source: Cotton 24/7 (Wednesday, August 29, 2012)
Thursday, August 30, 2012
Submitted by Andrea Bischof

BCI and CmiA form new partnership

An interim agreement has been signed between the Aid by Trade Foundation (hold CmiA) and BCI.
Source: Ecotextile News (Monday, July 30, 2012)
Wednesday, August 15, 2012
Submitted by Ashley Gill

C&A highlighted as a ‘Future Shaper’

The latest in the 'Future Shapers' series, launched by Textile Exchange to celebrate its 10th Anniversary, is a profile of European retailer C&A which includes details of its commitment to ‘Bio Cotton’ and the journey the company has taken to become one of the two largest buyers of organic cotton worldwide.

Source: EcoTextile News (Wednesday, August 15, 2012)
Wednesday, August 15, 2012
Submitted by Andrea Bischof

New certification standard for organic textiles

The burgeoning market for organic textiles has seen Agricultural and Processed Food Products Export Development Authority of India (APEDA) launch certification standards for organic textiles.

National Organic Textile Standards (NOTS) have recently been included under the National Programme for Organic Productions (NPOP).
Source: EcoTextile News (Tuesday, August 14, 2012)
Tuesday, August 14, 2012
Submitted by Andrea Bischof

Berlin sees launch of Initiatives for Sustainable Cotton

To raise awareness about sustainably produced cotton the Initiatives for Sustainable Cotton (ISC) was announced during Berlin Fashion Week, which is being backed by the Aid by Trade Foundation with Cotton Made in Africa, TransFair e.V. (Fairtrade Germany) and stakeholders involved in the organic cotton sector.
Source: EcoTextile News (Wednesday, July 18, 2012)
Thursday, July 19, 2012
Submitted by Andrea Bischof

Jack Wolfskin to use exclusively organic cotton

From the 2013 summer collection, Jack Wolfskin will be using exclusively organic cotton
Source: Jack Wollfskin (Thursday, May 31, 2012)
Monday, June 04, 2012
Submitted by Andrea Bischof

Bt cotton going backwards?

Since its introduction to Burkina Faso in 2008, Bt cotton now accounts for 70% of the planted cotton area in the country, yet new reports say it is being phased out after failing to deliver on quality.
Source: EcoTextile News (Sunday, April 15, 2012)
Monday, May 21, 2012
Submitted by Andrea Bischof

German Fairtrade cotton sales fall

Sales of Fairtrade certified cotton textiles in Germany dropped last year for the first time since 2008, which was in stark contrast to an overall 18 per cent rise in sales of Fairtrade certified consumer goods in the country.
Source: EcoTextile News (Wednesday, April 25, 2012)
Wednesday, April 25, 2012
Submitted by Andrea Bischof

Organic conference in Izmir a great success

In recent years, the share of organic cotton has developed pleasingly from 0.1 % to over 1 %, which is mainly down to the big conventional textile firms like C&A and Nike. More than 200,000 farmers now earn a good living in this segment. 50 % of the fairtrade production now has an organic certificate, as Rossitza Krüger from FLO (picture) explained.

Source: organic-market.info (Monday, April 16, 2012)
Monday, April 23, 2012
Submitted by Andrea Bischof

Textile Exchange 2011 Farm & Fiber Report Released

The 2011 Farm & Fiber Report covers the significant decline in organic cotton fiber production, the reasons behind it, and the need for industry action. For the first time, we’ve also covered other sustainable cotton initiatives including Better Cotton Initiative (BCI, Fairtrade, Cotton made in Africa (CmiA), and customized cleaner cotton programs with notes from ICAC and Cotton Inc.).
The full report is available to members of Textile Exchange at no cost, for non-members, it may be purchased for $400 USD. The 27-page Executive Summary, also available at no charge to TE Members, may be purchased by non-members for $50 USD. Follow the link for more information.
Source: The Farm Engagement Team at Textile Exchange (Thursday, April 19, 2012)
Thursday, April 19, 2012
Submitted by Ashley Gill

Guarantee systems for sustainable cotton

Cotton is a valuable raw material that is widely known as "the white gold". Yet, growing cotton can also cause serious social and ecological damage. Organic farming and fair trade try to respond to this.

The TDC presents an overview of fair and organic guarantee systems for cotton and describes their functioning and the guarantees provided by each system.
Source: BTC Trade for Developpement (Thursday, March 08, 2012)
Thursday, March 08, 2012
Submitted by Andrea Bischof

JOCA ends certification standard, unites with GOTS

The Japanese Organic Cotton Association has abolished its document verifying certification system and the use of the two quality labels ‘pure’ and ‘blended’. Instead it will now certify organic products in relation to the Global Organic Textile Standard while also offering the JOCA ‘family’ label.
Source: Ecotextile News (Monday, February 20, 2012)
Wednesday, February 22, 2012
Submitted by Andrea Bischof

Benin benefits from organic pest control

Organic cotton yields in Benin are benefitting from the introduction of a new treatment designed to 'attract and retain beneficial insects'.

Source: EcoTextile News (Monday, January 23, 2012)
Thursday, January 26, 2012
Submitted by Andrea Bischof

Nicaragua on verge of first organic cotton crop

Nicaragua will shortly harvest its first organic cotton crop which has well as boosting the country’s domestic textile industry, is expected to help attract new foreign investment projects.
Source: Ecotextile News (Thursday, January 12, 2012)
Thursday, January 12, 2012
Submitted by Andrea Bischof

Investigation Uncovers Inaccuracies in Bloomberg Article

On Dec. 15, 2011, Bloomberg News published an article entitled, “Victoria’s Secret Revealed in Child Picking Burkina Faso Cotton” that alleged Victoria’s Secret purchased cotton from farms that utilize children workers forced into labor.

Since the story was published, a third-party investigation commissioned by Limited Brands was conducted and has uncovered substantial factual inaccuracies, most notably:

The “young girl” who was the centerpiece of the article, Clarisse Kambire, is 21 years old – not 13 years old,as reported by Bloomberg News.
Clarisse does not live nor work on a registered organic cotton farm in Burkina Faso. Rather, she works on a vegetable farm.
Victorien Kamboule, who was reported to be an organic cotton farmer, does not raise cotton, according to records of the UNPCB which registers all cotton farms in Burkina Faso, as well as ECOCERT, a French certification organization that actively inspects and monitors organic agricultural production, including organic cotton from Burkina Faso. Victorien grows vegetables.
Source: Limitedbrands (Friday, January 06, 2012)
Monday, January 09, 2012
Submitted by Andrea Bischof

Organic cotton brought back to North Carolina

A US t-shirt printer has teamed up with a nearby apparel producer to bring organic cotton back to North Carolina for what it says is the first time in recent memory. The USDA-certified organic cotton will be used to produce blank t-shirts that will be printed using low-impact water based inks that do not contain plastisols.


Source: EcoTextile News (Wednesday, December 21, 2011)
Thursday, December 22, 2011
Submitted by Andrea Bischof

Bloomberg article about child labor in Burkina Faso

Bloomberg and other media reported on 12/15/2011 that the production of organic cotton used in the fairtrade collection of the American underwear brand Victoria’s Secret involves child labor. Victoria’s Secret sources its organic cotton from the national cotton producer union UNPCB in Burkina Faso, West Africa. UNPCB organizes all cotton producers in the country, organic as well as conventional ones.
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Source: HELVETAS Swiss Intercooperation (Sunday, December 18, 2011)
Tuesday, December 20, 2011
Submitted by Andrea Bischof

Cotton made in Africa Develops Environmental Action Plan

CmiA aims to increase transparency about its work in Africa through the release of its environmental guidelines, the organization said. It plans to increase smallholder farmer’s ability for medium- and long-term environmental planning, create incentives for smallholders to adapt environmentally friendly farming practices and show ecological benefits of CmiA cotton compared to standard cotton.
Source: cotton 24/7 (Wednesday, November 16, 2011)
Wednesday, November 23, 2011
Submitted by Andrea Bischof

Sustainable cotton guide launch draws closer

The Insiders Guide to Cotton and Sustainability, written by Simon Ferrigno and edited by John Mowbray, will be available for purchase from January 2012. Published by MCL Global, producers of Ecotextile News and Knitting Trade Journal, the 100 page booklet covers the ecological impact of cotton production and the environmental challenges that this presents.
Source: Ecotextile News (Wednesday, November 09, 2011)
Friday, November 11, 2011
Submitted by Andrea Bischof

Global Organic Cotton Market Grows 20%, Hits $5.61 Billion in 2010, Textile Exchange Report Shows

According to a report by Textile Exchange released today, neither the recession nor unstable economies put a damper on the fast-growing organic textiles industry which grew 20 percent to an estimated $5.61 billion in 2010.
Source: PRWeb (Tuesday, September 06, 2011)
Wednesday, September 07, 2011
Submitted by Andrea Bischof

Global Organic Cotton Market: An Analysis

Despite the global recession in 2009, market for organic cotton continued to rise in the period 2005-2009. Organic cotton currently represents only 1.1% of total global cotton production, but the market for organic cotton is witnessing continued and rapid expansion driven mainly by growing consumer interest in ‘green’ products, significant expansion of existing organic cotton programs by brands and retailers, and the growing usage in personal care items, home furnishings, clothing etc. India remained the top organic cotton producing nation in 2009-10 for the third straight year. Other major organic cotton producers include Syria, Turkey, China and the US.
Source: researchandmarkets.com (Thursday, August 25, 2011)
Tuesday, August 30, 2011
Submitted by Andrea Bischof

ACSA's International Cotton Institute Student Essay: Organic Cotton

Organic cotton now represents only 0.76 percent of global cotton production but it is still in a growth stage, being cultivated in 24 countries worldwide with the top three producers being led by India, China and Turkey. One of its primary keys to success is to build consumer preferences for this niche industry. Organic cotton revenues are on the rise because:

* New consumers are trying the organic products more, and
* A growing proportion of satisfied customers are making repeat purchases.
Source: Cotton 24/7 (Monday, August 01, 2011)
Wednesday, August 17, 2011
Submitted by Andrea Bischof

ICAC 2011 Preview, "Organic Cotton Production: The Reality of Costs and Benefits"

Interview with Simon Ferrigno Advisor Sustainable & Organic Farm Systems and Jens Soth, Helvetas Swiss Intercooperation.

Source: Cotton 24 (Thursday, August 11, 2011)
Tuesday, August 16, 2011
Submitted by Andrea Bischof

Anvil Knitwear Proud Sponsor and Official T-Shirt Supplier of Farm Aid Concert

Anvil Knitwear is a proud sponsor of Farm Aid 2011 whose mission is to build a vibrant family farm-centered system of agriculture in America. The concert will feature six exclusive Farm Aid designs on Anvil Knitwear t-shirts featuring Texas cotton from organic and transitional growers.
Source: Finanznachrichten.DE (Saturday, August 13, 2011)
Tuesday, August 16, 2011
Submitted by Andrea Bischof

GM cotton seeds a threat to Indian farmers

Extensive use of genetically modified (GM) cotton seeds is destroying agricultural bio-diversity and jeopardising the livelihood of over four million cotton growers in India. In a common declaration, concerned stakeholders committed themselves to join forces to promote non-GM and organic cotton.

(Frick, July 6, 2011) India has become the largest organic cotton producer worldwide with the number of organic cotton projects increasing throughout the country. Conversely, in 2010 more than 80 percent of India’s cotton area used genetically modified Bt-cotton seeds. On account of this, the seed supply chain of non-GM cotton genotypes has become delinked. Since the private and also many public sectors have largely stopped producing non-GM cotton seed, the supply of non-GM seed to the remaining 20 percent of farmers, including organic cotton projects, has become of critical concern….. read more via link
Source: FiBL, Research Insititute of Organic Agriculture (Wednesday, July 06, 2011)
Saturday, July 09, 2011
Submitted by Andrea Bischof

GOTS welcomes USDA ruling

Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) has welcomed a new policy memorandum from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) in which it explicitly confirms that textile products that are produced in accordance with the GOTS standard may be sold as organic in the US.
Source: EcoTextile News (Monday, May 23, 2011)
Sunday, June 19, 2011
Submitted by Andrea Bischof

Cotton firm ramps up production

An India-based organic cotton yarn manufacturer which works closely with WWF India and IKEA is aiming to more than double its production capacity.

Laxmi Cotspin, founded in 2006, currently operates 16,800 spindles but is undergoing an expansion process that will see it increase its capacity to 34,560 spindles by the end of the year.
Source: EcoTextile News (Monday, May 16, 2011)
Sunday, June 19, 2011
Submitted by Andrea Bischof

H&M ramps up organic cotton use

The latest sustainability report from Hennes & Mauritz shows that the company used 15,000 tonnes of organic cotton in 2010, an increase of 77% compared to the previous year. The Swedish retailer has also announced a target to source all of its cotton from more sustainable sources by 2020.
Source: EcoTextile News (Monday, April 18, 2011)
Tuesday, April 19, 2011
Submitted by Andrea Bischof

Textile Exchange Releases Beginner's Guide to Sustainable Fibers for Members

This 18-page guide summarizes the technical and environmental practices and focuses specifically on fiber impacts, highlighting the positive and negative attributes associated with hemp, linen, organic cotton, recycled cotton, recycled polyester, and TENCEL™ from Lenzing.



‘The Beginner's Guide to Sustainable Fibers’ is a brand new benefit to Textile Exchange members at the $1,000 USD level and above. The addition and update of the information sheets within the guide will be an ongoing project, with revisions available to TE members during their annual term.



A sample of the organic cotton section and the full guide will also be available for purchase by non-members at: http://organicexchange.org/oecms/Textile-Exchange-Publications.html.

Source: Textile Exchange / Daren Abney (Tuesday, April 12, 2011)
Tuesday, April 12, 2011
Submitted by Daren Abney

Fairtrade cotton sales dip

Despite a picture of overall growth in Fairtrade products in 2010, sales of Fairtrade cotton items across the UK dipped in 2010.

The latest figures released by the Fairtrade Foundation show that although overall purchases of Fairtrade products rocketed by 40% to an estimated retail value of £1.17 billion, sales of cotton items such as garments, kitchen and bedroom linen and cotton wool slipped to just over 10 million units in 2010, the second consecutive annual drop.
Source: Ecotextile News (Tuesday, March 08, 2011)
Thursday, March 10, 2011
Submitted by Andrea Bischof

New version of GOTS standard released

The new version is a result of a stakeholder input process in which various organizations with expertise in organic production, textile processing and social criteria participated. It follows the overal approach of GOTS to define high level verifiable environmental criteria throughout the entire processing chain of apparel and home textiles (including spinning, knitting, weaving, dyeing, manufacturing, and trading) made from a minimum of 70% certified organic fibers and requiring social minimum criteria while still providing for a practical set of requirements that is technically achievable even in large scale industrial textile production and for mass market brands and retailers in order to achieve a considerable environmental and social impact in the textile industry.
All GOTS certified companies must fully comply with Version 3.0 by 1st of March 2012. They receive all required information through their applicable certification body.
Source: International Working Group on Global Organic Textile Standard (Tuesday, March 01, 2011)
Wednesday, March 02, 2011
Submitted by Andrea Bischof

Exclusive: GOTS ratifies updated standard

Next month the Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) will officially release its latest version of its standard which lifts a total ban on all biocides and certain fabric softeners, allows certain synthetic fabric finishes, prohibits functioning nanoparticles, asks for metrics on water and energy use and sets a date for a transition to post-consumer recycled polyester content.
Source: Ecotextile News (Tuesday, February 22, 2011)
Thursday, February 24, 2011
Submitted by Andrea Bischof

Sainsbury’s inks Fairtrade cotton deal

UK supermarket chain J Sainsbury has agreed a deal to source all of its Fairtrade cotton from India.
Source: EcoTextile News (Wednesday, February 16, 2011)
Thursday, February 17, 2011
Submitted by Andrea Bischof

H&M launches a conscious collection

H&M launched its consciuos collection made out of recycled polyester and organic cotton. The collection will be available in H&M stores from April 14.
Source: hmconsciouscollection.com (Thursday, February 03, 2011)
Saturday, February 05, 2011
Submitted by Andrea Bischof

US organic cotton planting highest since 2000

US growers increased plantings of organic cotton acreage by 12% in 2010 compared to the precious year, according to a new report.

Analysis of available data collected by the Organic Trade Association (OTA), funded by Cotton Incorporated, and incorporating additional data from the Texas Organic Cotton Marketing Cooperative (TOCMC) detailed planted acres for 2010 at 11,827 acres, up from an estimated 10,521 acres planted in 2009. The 2010 number is the highest since 2000, when US farmers planted 13,596 acres to organic cotton.
Source: Ecotextile News (Friday, January 28, 2011)
Tuesday, February 01, 2011
Submitted by Andrea Bischof

M&S launches new sustainable collection

Marks and Spencer has launched a new sustainable fabric collection with every garment made using either organic or Fairtrade cotton in addition to sustainably sourced modal or Tencel.
Source: Ecotextile News (Thursday, January 20, 2011)
Thursday, January 20, 2011
Submitted by Andrea Bischof

Organic cotton production defies recession

The production of organic cotton continued its steady growth in 2009-2010, buoyed by continued demand from manufacturers, brands and retailers.
Source: EcoTextile News (Wednesday, January 12, 2011)
Saturday, January 15, 2011
Submitted by Andrea Bischof

2010 Farm and Fiber Executive Summary

Textile Exchange releases 2010 Farm and Fiber Report.

The report presents continued growth for organic cotton in 2009-10. Production rose 15% from 209,950 metric tonnes (mt) in 2008-09 to 241,697 mt this year. The 100-page report covers 23 countries, 260 producer groups, and 275,300 farmers.

As this is the fifth year that the comprehensive report has been produced, we have taken the opportunity to look back over the five years to review the rise of organic cotton since 2005-06, when only 37,000 mt was produced.
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Source: Ashley Gill (Wednesday, January 12, 2011)
Wednesday, January 12, 2011
Submitted by Ashley Gill

In Eco-Jeans, the Green Becomes Harder to Spot

Two years ago, when going green was red-hot in the fashion industry, there were plenty of organic jeans to choose from. Brands including Levi’s, Banana Republic, Genetic Denim, 7 For All Mankind, Earnest Sewn, Aristocrat, Loomstate, Del Forte and J Brand offered at least one pair made with some amount of organic cotton, grown without environmentally threatening chemicals (according to the Sustainable Cotton Project, a nonprofit organisation, conventional cotton consumes 25 per cent of the world’s chemical pesticides and fertilisers).

Today, none of the brands do. Which raises the question: Where has all the organic denim gone?
Source: New York Times (Tuesday, January 11, 2011)
Tuesday, January 11, 2011
Submitted by Andrea Bischof

Organic Cotton Making Inroads Despite Textile Downturn

The textile industry, like so many others today, has been squeezed as consumers struggle through the global recession, but that hasn’t stopped organic cotton from continuing its remarkable growth trend, according to a story posted on www.naturalnews.com.
Source: Cotton 24/7 (Wednesday, December 22, 2010)
Thursday, December 23, 2010
Submitted by Andrea Bischof

West African cotton: higher yields, fewer pesticides

The Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations has reported that its on-going project with West African farmers has not only improved cotton yields and farmer incomes but at the same time has also cut the use of pesticides.
Source: EcoTextile News (Monday, December 20, 2010)
Thursday, December 23, 2010
Submitted by Andrea Bischof

Price and quality key to ethical purchasing habits

Price issues remain the main concern for more than 75% of UK consumers when it comes to choosing ethically and sustainable produced fashion while only 28% also believe that organic cotton is of similar quality to conventional cotton, according to a new report.
Source: EcoTextile News (Friday, December 17, 2010)
Thursday, December 23, 2010
Submitted by Andrea Bischof

Worms eat into GM crop myth - Insects expected to drop dead thrive on cotton plants

Insects expected to drop dead after feeding on genetically modified cotton plants have instead been found for the first time in India to be thriving and even successfully breeding on the plants.
Source: The Telegraph, India (Saturday, December 11, 2010)
Monday, December 20, 2010
Submitted by Andrea Bischof

Organic showcase to include textile event

A pre-conference event on Organic Textiles is to take place during next year’s IFOAM Organic World Congress in Korea.
The International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements’ event, running under the theme ‘Organic is Life’, will take place in Namyangju City between September 26 and October 5, 2011 with the textiles seminar scheduled to run from September 26 to 28.
Source: EcoTextile News (Tuesday, December 14, 2010)
Thursday, December 16, 2010
Submitted by Andrea Bischof

Organic cotton with a hologram

Swiss-based Spoerry 1866 Ltd. is now providing special holograms that are used on swing-tags attached to clothes sold in the Asia market which are made from its high-end certified organic cotton yarns.
Source: EcoTextile News (Thursday, November 25, 2010)
Thursday, November 25, 2010
Submitted by Andrea Bischof

Natural cotton hormone could boost yields

With many developing nations relying on genetically modified cotton to increase yields, researchers in the USA suggest that naturally occurring plant hormones may be an alternative answer – with research showing that these hormones could even boost cotton crop yields under drought conditions.

These findings were reported in September 2010 edition of Recorder, published by the International Cotton Advisory Committee.
Source: EcoTextile News (Thursday, November 25, 2010)
Thursday, November 25, 2010
Submitted by Andrea Bischof

New report highlights cotton ‘injustice’

A new report from the Fairtrade Foundation claims that the West African cotton industry is being hindered by a wall of funding provided to US and European Union farmers from their respective governments.
Source: EcoTextile News (Monday, November 15, 2010)
Thursday, November 25, 2010
Submitted by Andrea Bischof

Organic Cotton – The Challenge for the Depressed Textile Industry of Latin America?



SOCiLA stays for Support Organic Cotton in Latin America and is a German initiative for promoting organic cotton production and processing in Latin America

The new web site of SOCiLA, www.socila.eu, exposes a detailed analysis of the peculiar situation of organic cotton development in the region.

Cultivating organic cotton in Latin America – SOCiLA maintains – would not only allow cotton farmers to recover lost ground but also, and most importantly, give industrial enterprises entry possibilities into the globally booming organic cotton market Textile mills and apparel manufacturers could make better use of their installed capacities and employment would be generated at all levels of the value chain.

SOCiLA has so far been active mainly in Colombia. The initiative has, however, the intention to cover the entire area and is seeking partnerships and financial assistance for projects throughout Latin America.
Source: Alexander Grisar, SOCiLA (Wednesday, November 24, 2010)
Wednesday, November 24, 2010
Submitted by Alexander Grisar

GOTS Positive List System launched

The new GOTS Positive List System grants immediate access to all GOTS-compliant textile chemicals approved by the Institute for Marketecology (IMO) for processing of GOTS-certified textiles.
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Source: IMO, Dr. Ines Hensler, Public Relations (Wednesday, November 16, 2011)
Monday, November 22, 2010
Submitted by Andrea Bischof

Textile Exchange (formerly Organic Exchange) November eNewsletter Just Released

In this issue we feature the new "Textile Exchange Solution," a booklet full of information pertaining to sustainable textiles. We outline the response to a successful 2010 Sustainable Textiles Conference in New York, address the OE Standards, link to Engage - The Monthly Farm Bulletin and remind our supporters that staff email addresses have been updated.


Follow the link for a complimentary subscription: http://organicexchange.org/oecms/eNewsletters.html. (Link will be updated to TextileExchange.org website soon.)
Source: Textile Exchange / Daren Abney (Thursday, November 18, 2010)
Thursday, November 18, 2010
Submitted by Daren Abney

The Great Cotton Stitch-Up

A new report from Fairtrade Foundation. Read about the wall of subsidies preventing the world’s poorest cotton farmers from making a living.
Source: The Fairtrade Foundation (Monday, November 15, 2010)
Monday, November 15, 2010
Submitted by Andrea Bischof

Record World Cotton Prices and High Volatility

International cotton prices continued to rise steeply in October. On October 11, the Cotlook A Index broke the
previous record of 119.4 cents per pound established in April 1995, and continued to rise in the following weeks,
reaching 147 cents per pound on October 27, 2010. The Cotlook A Index averaged 127 cents per pound in
October 2010, 89% higher than in October 2009. Price volatility is also very high this season.1 It averaged 57%
from August to October 2010, compared to 11% over the same period in 2009/10. This was the highest volatility
recorded in the first three months of a season since the Cotlook A Index was first published in the 1960s.
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Source: ICAC Press Release (Monday, November 01, 2010)
Tuesday, November 02, 2010
Submitted by Andrea Bischof

Is Wal-Mart scaling back on organic cotton?

Wal-Mart recently announced intentions to ramp up its commitment to sustainable agriculture, and last year made commitments to make its Faded Glory brand 100 per cent more sustainable, but reports from India indicate the global retail giant could be cutting back on its use of organic cotton.
Source: EcoTextile News (Wednesday, October 20, 2010)
Friday, October 22, 2010
Submitted by Andrea Bischof

‘Organic Exchange’ grows to ‘Textile Exchange’

Organic Exchange (OE), the non-profit which has helped drive global sales of organic cotton apparel and home textile products to an estimated $4.3 billion in 2009, will announce its expanded role as the organization driving development of the global sustainable textile industry under the new name, ‘Textile Exchange,’ at its annual conference in New York City. The broadened focus positions the organization to serve as the non-profit convener, catalyst, and market-maker for the sustainable textile industry worldwide.
Source: Organic Exchange (Tuesday, October 19, 2010)
Tuesday, October 19, 2010
Submitted by Andrea Bischof

H&M outlines environmental progress

European retailer H&M has confirmed that by 2020, it will source only ‘sustainable’ cotton
Source: EcoTextile News (Wednesday, September 29, 2010)
Wednesday, September 29, 2010
Submitted by Andrea Bischof

Tees 4 Trees do more for the environment and you can see it

The G&T Group, LLC, through its wholly owned subsidiary “Tees 4 Trees” tm, is pleased to announce the launch of its new clothing line with a revolutionary and environmentally significant marketing plan. “Tees 4 Trees” tm, has developed both a clothing line manufactured with ecological sensitivity and a distribution plan which contributes to a reduced carbon footprint by planting trees in big cities and worldwide.
The tracking of the tree planting process for each individual tree is made possible through an arrangement between “Tees 4 Trees” tm and several worldwide environmental organizations. “Tees 4 Trees” tm has created this unique system which allows for every “Tees 4 Trees” tm customer to “locate” his or her tree on the planet (a process we call “geo- localization”)
Source: Scott Thompson, organic PR (Tuesday, September 14, 2010)
Monday, September 13, 2010
Submitted by GIEMZA Rémy

Japanese Firm Provides Aid to Indian Farmers for Organic Cotton

Itochu Corp., a general trading firm based in Tokyo, has announced that it will provide financial aid to growers in India who agree to forego the use of chemicals and produce organic cotton.
Source: Cotton International (Thursday, August 26, 2010)
Sunday, September 05, 2010
Submitted by Andrea Bischof

Kuyichi opens its first UK store

Dutch fashion brand Kuyichi, which was founded by the NGO Solidaridad as a way to introduce more organic cotton into the mainstream market, has opened its first stand-alone retail concept store in Manchester, UK. The store marks the beginning of the roll out of Kuyichi across the UK, Ireland and France.
Source: EcoTextile News (Thursday, September 02, 2010)
Friday, September 03, 2010
Submitted by Andrea Bischof

ICAC: world situation of organic cotton

The ICAC report Volume 63 - Numéro 5 Mai - Juin contains an article about the world situation of organic cotton "Organic Cotton: the challenges ahead".
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Source: ICAC, Elke Hortmeyer (Tuesday, June 01, 2010)
Monday, July 26, 2010
Submitted by Andrea Bischof

Control Union Certifications meets Organic and Sustainable Industry Need with Non-Toxic Fumigation System

EcO 2 B.V. has joined the Control Union World Group. EcO2 B.V. is a Dutch-based fumigation company that provides non-toxic alternatives to Methyl Bromide and other toxic fumigants while providing the same level of effectiveness. Control Union Certifications is a division of Control Union World Group. Both companies will work closely in offering a combined service for both fumigation and certification.

contact: Robert Demianew (954) 916-2667.



Source: Control Union (Thursday, July 01, 2010)
Wednesday, July 14, 2010
Submitted by Andrea Bischof

OE comments on malaria controversy

The Organic Exchange has responded to suggestions in a recent magazine article that organic cotton farming in Africa is perpetuating the spread of malaria.
Source: Ecotextile News (Monday, July 05, 2010)
Monday, July 05, 2010
Submitted by Andrea Bischof

New website simplifies eco-sourcing

Source4Style, an online marketplace that allows fashion and interior designers to search and purchase sustainable materials from around the globe will hold a preview at this month’s Home Textiles Fabric Sourcing Expo.
Source: Ecotextile News (Friday, July 02, 2010)
Monday, July 05, 2010
Submitted by Andrea Bischof

Document on co-existence of organic and GMO cotton in India

In recent months, a group of specialists in the cotton industry have studied ways of delivering pragmatic and transparent processes and recommendations which will help to further strengthen efforts for the prevention of contamination of organic cotton in countries where the cultivation of GMO cotton is common.
Specialists from organic cotton projects, certification bodies, academics and supply chain managers have elaborated a guidance document which explains the Do's and Don'ts for maintaining high standards for non-contamination, via simple protocols from seed to bale, in line with International organic farming regulations.
The content provided in this document will remain the intellectual property of C&A which has sponsored the study. However, it has been decided to publish the results in the public domain, allowing more general use and reference for the benefit of the wider organic cotton community, and in order to further strengthen the integrity of organic cotton.
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Source: C&A, Helvetas, Organic Exchange, Cotton Connect (Monday, June 21, 2010)
Thursday, June 24, 2010
Submitted by Andrea Bischof

Indian National Fibre Policy: feedback welcome!

The Draft National Fibre Policy was released. Section VIII is about organic cotton. Comments on the draft paper can be brought in. The Date for submitting feedback and comments is extended from 21st June, 2010 to 5th July 2010.
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Source: Narasimha Reddy Donthi (Wednesday, June 23, 2010)
Wednesday, June 23, 2010
Submitted by Andrea Bischof

Report: Organic cotton more profitable

Greenpeace has launched a new report which says that farming organic cotton in India is more profitable than growing genetically engineered varieties of cotton because of the higher input costs of GM and a greater potential for debt accumulation.
Source: Andrea Bischof, Organic & Fairtrade Competence Center (Tuesday, June 15, 2010)
Wednesday, June 16, 2010
Submitted by Andrea Bischof

C&A outlines organic cotton commitment

C&A says it is planning to sell 23 million organic cotton products in 2010, which equates to 10% of its total cotton products.
Source: Andrea Bischof, Organic & Fairtrade Competence Center (Tuesday, June 15, 2010)
Wednesday, June 16, 2010
Submitted by Andrea Bischof

Organic Exchange 2009 Organic Market Report Released

The 2009 Organic Market Report provides:
- An overview of organic cotton market growth from 2001-2010
-2009 global organic cotton market demand, including significant trends and growth accelerators
-Profiles of Top Twelve organic cotton users and significant up-and-coming companies
-Likely demand scenarios for 2010 and 2011
-Recommendations for sustainable growth of organic cotton supply and demand

The full report is available as a membership benefit, or can be purchased online; full details are at: http://organicexchange.org/oecms/Organic-Exchange-Publications.html.
Source: Organic Exchange / Daren Abney (Thursday, May 27, 2010)
Thursday, May 27, 2010
Submitted by Daren Abney

Organic cotton sales up – but what’s the cost?

The latest headline figures on organic cotton retail sales supplied by Organic Exchange (OE) show a healthy 35% growth to a value of US$4.3 billion in 2009, but they also suggest that like the conventional cotton sector, there is considerable ‘mark-up’ taking place along the supply chain with very little profit trickling back down to impoverished farmers.
Source: Ecotextile News (Tuesday, May 25, 2010)
Thursday, May 27, 2010
Submitted by Andrea Bischof

Japanese Organic Cotton Labeling Guidelines now released

After consultation with numerous stakeholders, including Organic Exchange, the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry of Japan has completed its Guidelines of Labeling Organic Cotton. These guidelines apply to all products distributed and sold in the Japanese market, and set clear requirements on the certification of the organic fiber. OE is pleased to note that the guidelines allow for the labeling of both partial and full organic content, and do address processing inputs, which means that they can be supported by the OE 100, OE Blended and GOTS standards.
Source: Organic Exchange (Thursday, May 06, 2010)
Wednesday, May 26, 2010
Submitted by Andrea Bischof

Organic cotton leads India’s export charge

India is targeting US$1 billion worth of organic product exports in the next five years, driven primarily by a greater demand for non-food products such as organic cotton.
Source: Ecotextile News (Tuesday, May 18, 2010)
Wednesday, May 26, 2010
Submitted by Andrea Bischof

India’s cotton export ban penalises organic

The Indian government’s decision to ban cotton exports looks like having an unfair impact on the growers of Fairtrade and organic cotton in India, as upstream profits from soaring cotton prices fail to trickle back into Indian farmer’s pockets.
Source: Ecotextile News (Friday, April 30, 2010)
Friday, April 30, 2010
Submitted by Andrea Bischof

Sears enhances eco-offer

Sears Canada Inc. has launched ‘Live Green’, a new program which identifies eco-friendly products and services for customers looking to make greener choices.
Source: Ecotextile News (Monday, March 29, 2010)
Tuesday, March 30, 2010
Submitted by Andrea Bischof

H&M to launch sustainable collection

At the end of March, Swedish retailer H&M will launch its first collection featuring 100% sustainable materials.
Source: Ecotextile News (Tuesday, March 23, 2010)
Tuesday, March 23, 2010
Submitted by Andrea Bischof

GOTS launches new database

Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) is hoping to make the process of setting up a complete organic supply chain as transparent and easy as possible with the launch of a new online database.
Source: Ecotextile News (Wednesday, March 17, 2010)
Friday, March 19, 2010
Submitted by Andrea Bischof

US firm offers sustainable sourcing in Africa

Sustainable Global Sourcing, a new San Francisco–based venture, has opened its first apparel factory in Liberia and is ready to take orders for organic-cotton garments.
Source: Ecotextile News (Wednesday, March 10, 2010)
Thursday, March 11, 2010
Submitted by Andrea Bischof

Humanity in Fashion Award created by hessnatur

The first European fashion award for ecological and fair clothing will be presented to a young and rising designer at the spectacular Ozeanum in Stralsund in October 2010.
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Source: hessnatur, Verena Kuhnert (Friday, February 12, 2010)
Thursday, March 11, 2010
Submitted by Andrea Bischof

New OE 2009 Organic Cotton Farm & Fiber Report

Organic Exchange is proud to announce the new OE 2009 Organic Cotton Farm & Fiber Report is complete and now available. This valuable industry-serving report is available to OE members at the $500 membership level and above, member details here. This report is also available for purchase for $400 USD via the online order form, with any questions please contact Daren Abney: daren@organicexchange.org.

The OE 2009 Organic Cotton Farm & Fiber Report explains that organic cotton now represents 0.76 percent of global cotton production, while exploring the challenges of 2009 production.
Source: Organic Exchange, Daren Abney (Wednesday, February 17, 2010)
Thursday, February 18, 2010
Submitted by Andrea Bischof

Organic cotton grows 20% but challenges remain

Global organic cotton production rose by 20% in 2009 tipping the scales at 175,113 metric tons (802,599 bales) grown on 625,000 acres (253,000 hectares), according to a new report from Organic Exchange (OE).
Source: Ecotextile News (Monday, February 15, 2010)
Tuesday, February 16, 2010
Submitted by Andrea Bischof

Tests confirm: no traces of genetically modified content in C&A's organic cotton!

TLR International Laboratories (NL) have confirmed that garments sold under C&A's "Bio Cotton" label are free of GM-construct.
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Source: C&A (Tuesday, February 09, 2010)
Tuesday, February 09, 2010
Submitted by Andrea Bischof

Clarification on the ITMF report: misquotation in the FT article

The CICR confirms the misquotation in the FT article. K. R. Kranthi, Acting Director, Central Institute for Cotton Research, Nagpur affirms that the CICR has neither collected samples from organic cotton producers in India anytime nor conducted any ELISA (Enzyme Linked Immuno sorbent Assay) studies with organic cotton at the institute.
Source: K. R. Kranthi, Acting Director, Central Institute for Cotton Research, Nagpur (Sunday, January 31, 2010)
Monday, February 01, 2010
Submitted by Andrea Bischof

Organic ‘fraud’: GMO lab clarifies position

There has been an enormous amount of controversy and rumour in the global textile sector after a recent FT report alleged that leading European brands sold organic clothing which was knowingly certified as organic but which contained traces of genetically modified (GM) cotton from India. GM cotton is outlawed under organic standards.
Source: Ecotextile News (Thursday, January 28, 2010)
Friday, January 29, 2010
Submitted by Andrea Bischof

Organic Exchange Responds to Organic Cotton Fraud Assertions from Financial Times of Germany Article

According to Organic Exchange (OE), allegations in a recent article in the German edition of the Financial Times that major retailers are knowingly selling as organic cotton genetically modified (GMO) cotton from India are unfounded.
Source: Organic Exchange, La Rhea Pepper (Wednesday, January 27, 2010)
Wednesday, January 27, 2010
Submitted by Andrea Bischof

H&M doubts GM used in its organic cotton

In response to reports about the integrity of organic cotton coming from India, H&M has confirmed that promoting organic cotton continues to be part of its environmental strategy and says there is no reason to believe that organic cotton used in its garments comes from GM seeds.
Source: Ecotextile News (Tuesday, January 26, 2010)
Wednesday, January 27, 2010
Submitted by Andrea Bischof

C&A backs organic cotton

European retailer C&A is the second major brand to come out today and re-affirm its commitment to organic cotton in the wake of press reports that claimed C&A – along with others – were unknowingly selling organic cotton clothing tainted with genetically modified (GM) cotton.
Source: Ecotextile News (Tuesday, January 26, 2010)
Wednesday, January 27, 2010
Submitted by Andrea Bischof

OE response to contamination claims in Financial Times of Germany article

Clothing retailers across Europe have been quick to reassure their customers

that their garments sold under organic cotton labels are indeed environmentally

sound.
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Source: Organic Exchange (Monday, January 25, 2010)
Monday, January 25, 2010
Submitted by Andrea Bischof

GOTS for newcomers

The first German language Organic Textile Symposium will take place from 3-4 March, 2010 in Switzerland.
Source: Organic Textile Services (Friday, January 01, 2010)
Friday, January 08, 2010
Submitted by Andrea Bischof

Kuyichi denim plans to extend reach

The Dutch sustainable denim brand Kuyichi plans that in 2010 100% of the cotton they use will be certified as organic.
Source: Ecotextile News (Friday, January 08, 2010)
Friday, January 08, 2010
Submitted by Andrea Bischof

US organic cotton wants more promotion

Organic cotton growers increased plantings by 26% in 2009 compared to the previous year, according to the preliminary data collected by the Organic Trade Association (OTA). However, those surveyed also highlighted the problems of securing a reliable market for their cotton.
Source: EcoTextile News (Tuesday, December 22, 2009)
Wednesday, December 23, 2009
Submitted by Andrea Bischof

South America gets GOTS certifiers

Two South America-based label certifiers have been accredited by GOTS giving them the authority to certify to this globally recognised organic textile standard.
Source: EcoTextile News (Monday, December 07, 2009)
Monday, December 14, 2009
Submitted by Andrea Bischof

Farmers in India convert to organic cotton

Terra Viva - about the organic cotton sector in India, with a video clip about the achievements of Chetna Organic Farming Association.
Source: euronews (Tuesday, November 24, 2009)
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
Submitted by Andrea Bischof

Map of Organic Cotton Producers by Organic Exchange

Attention Farmers and Farm Groups – OE is introducing the Farmer Visibility Map and needs your to help ensure we have as much information available as possible.
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Source: Ashley Currin (Wednesday, November 18, 2009)
Thursday, November 19, 2009
Submitted by Ashley Currin

Villages export fake Bt Cotton; US, EU see red

Imagine a complete village growing ‘genetically modified’ Bt Cotton and then falsely certifying it as organic, and exporting it to EU, US, Switzerland and other importers!
Source: The Times of India (Saturday, November 14, 2009)
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
Submitted by Andrea Bischof

Traceability programme for Anvil childrenswear

Anvil Knitwear has launched TrackMyT.com, an interactive, web-based scheme which chronicles the complete journey and environmental impact of a t-shirt, from cotton-seed to consumer.
Source: Ecotextile News (Monday, November 16, 2009)
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
Submitted by Andrea Bischof

A World of Ideas - Technologies for Sustainable Cott on Textile Manufacturing

Cotton Inc. has launched a manual for cotton textile processors which outlines a range of ideas and technologies for the sustainable production of cotton goods.
Source: cotton today (Friday, November 06, 2009)
Monday, November 16, 2009
Submitted by Andrea Bischof

Latest Trends in Organic Cotton from the World Congress "From Fashion to Sustainability" in Switzerland

The conference offered a platform with more than 30 workshops, keynote sessions and panel discussions, organized around four main topics: building partnerships along the chain, value chain integrity, marketing and communication, trends and policies.
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Source: Apparel Online (Sunday, November 01, 2009)
Monday, November 02, 2009
Submitted by Andrea Bischof

Swedish firm scoops organic textile prize

EarthPositive has won the Best Organic Textile Product 2009 at the Natural & Organic Products Annual Industry Awards.
Source: Ecotextile News (Wednesday, October 21, 2009)
Saturday, October 24, 2009
Submitted by Andrea Bischof

'Peace cotton' smooths its way into Benin

It has not rained much recently in the northern regions of Benin in west Africa, the soil is hard and cracking. But from it sprout small and precious white flowers of organic cotton.
Source: France 24, International News 24/7 (Sunday, October 18, 2009)
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
Submitted by Andrea Bischof

Handbook “Sustainable cotton on the shelves”

This hands-on manual is meant to help mainstream retailers to decide on, to source and to market sustainable cotton.
Source: CREM (Monday, September 28, 2009)
Thursday, October 15, 2009
Submitted by Andrea Bischof

Blog and blips about the World Congress on Organic Cotton

The World Congress on Organic Cotton in Interlaken, Switzerland, has started today. More than 350 professionals are meeting 4 days to exchange and to learn about current issues on organic cotton. Read the blog and see the blips about the conference.
Source: Andrea Bischof, Organic & Fairtrade Competence Center (Tuesday, September 22, 2009)
Tuesday, September 22, 2009
Submitted by Andrea Bischof

Private equity funds organic cotton project

Zameen Organic, a farmer-owned organic cotton trading and marketing company has received a Rs10 million (US$200,000) investment from venture capital firm, Aavishkaar India.
Source: Ecotextile News (Thursday, September 10, 2009)
Wednesday, September 16, 2009
Submitted by Andrea Bischof

The role of organic production in the cotton industry

The 68th Plenary Meeting of the International Cotton Advisory Committee (ICAC) is underway. Speakers
during a Roundtable discussion on Sunday the 6th suggested that organic cotton has the potential to
provide new ideas that can influence and support wider sustainability drives in the sector.
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Source: International Cotton Advisory Committee (Monday, September 07, 2009)
Tuesday, September 08, 2009
Submitted by Andrea Bischof

Farmers to reap rewards of prize

The bioRe Foundation, which aims to improve the living conditions for more than 11,000 farmer families in India and Tanzania, is to receive a donation of CHF100,000 (US$94,00) from Remei AG, which was awarded the funds from the Zürcher Kantonalbank Sustainability Award.
Source: Ecotextile News (Wednesday, September 02, 2009)
Monday, September 07, 2009
Submitted by Andrea Bischof

India targets US$1 billion organic cotton sales

India has set itself a target of US$1 billion worth of organic product sales by 2012 as it looks to capitalise on its already booming production capacity.
Source: Ecotextile News (Friday, August 28, 2009)
Monday, September 07, 2009
Submitted by Andrea Bischof

Anvil opts for ‘conversion’ cotton

Anvil Knitwear has launched a new eco t-shirt made from recycled PET plastic bottles and transitional cotton, which has been grown on farms that are in the process of becoming certified organic.
Source: Ecotextile News (Tuesday, September 01, 2009)
Monday, September 07, 2009
Submitted by Andrea Bischof

Organic Exchange: Annual report 2008

An overview of Organic Exchange and its continued growth during a difficult year.
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Source: Organic Exchange (Friday, August 28, 2009)
Monday, August 31, 2009
Submitted by Andrea Bischof

Special report: bioRe Tanzania

A new 8 page exclusive report on the bioRe Tanzania organic cotton project has been published by Ecotextile News magazine and is freely available as a download from this web-site.
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Source: Ecotextile News (Tuesday, August 26, 2008)
Thursday, August 27, 2009
Submitted by Andrea Bischof

Campaign to promote organic and fairtrade cotton

In March 2009, Helvetas launched a nation-wide campaign in Switzerland to raise consumer awareness for textiles made from organic and fairtrade cotton. The campaign is implemented in collaboration with brands and retailers (Coop Switzerland, Switcher, Hess Natur), the State Secretariat of Economic Affairs SECO and various other organisations. It includes posters, a shop-finder where retailers can register their offer of organic and fairtrade textiles, and extensive media work.
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Source: Helvetas Organic & Fairtrade Competence Centre (Wednesday, April 01, 2009)
Thursday, June 18, 2009
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West Africa: Can organic cotton save the industry?

Fuel and fertiliser price hikes, insect infestations and chemical damage to soil have led some cotton farmers in West Africa to produce organic cotton. But the international recession has blunted demand for the new crop, according to an industry trade group.
Source: IRIN Africa News (Tuesday, February 17, 2009)
Friday, May 29, 2009
Submitted by Andrea Bischof

Exclusive: Organic cotton market outlook

Despite the difficult retail sector, most brands selling organic cotton remain upbeat about the market for organics with many brands and retailers planning to expand their offers in 2009 and 2010.
Source: EcoTextile News (Wednesday, March 18, 2009)
Friday, May 29, 2009
Submitted by Andrea Bischof

Organic Exchange releases its first "Farm System Crops Baseline Report"

A review of crops grown in rotation or as part of the organic cotton farm system.
Source: Organic Exchange (Thursday, May 14, 2009)
Tuesday, May 26, 2009
Submitted by Andrea Bischof

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