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H&M - Biggest worldwide user of organic cotton in 2010
Sep '11
H&M was the biggest user of organic cotton worldwide last year according to Textile Exchange, a global organisation designed to promote the growth of organic cotton and producer of the Global Sustainable Textiles Market Report each year. The report provides the organic cotton and sustainable textile market with estimates for the preceding year, while identifying trends and market leaders and providing market projections for the year to come.

In 2010 H&M used around 15 000 tonnes of organic cotton – a marked increase from previous years.

“The intention is to gradually use more organic cotton as part of our target to only use more sustainable cotton by 2020. We want to further contribute towards increased demand for organic cotton and motivate farmers for sustainable cotton cultivation” says Henrik Lampa, CSR Manager Product at H&M.

H&M has been using certified organic cotton since 2004 and since 2007 there are garments made with 100 percent organic cotton in all departments, as well as some garments made from 50 percent organic cotton and 50 percent conventional cotton. All garments made with organic cotton have a hangtag marked organic cotton.

“H&M continues to demonstrate leadership and innovation through their expansion of organic cotton utilization. In 2010, H&M took the lead this year to be the number one consumer of organic cotton. Their fun and stylish eco-collection not only resonates with their customer, but also supports H&M's longer term commitment to create fashion more sustainably” states LaRhea Pepper, Managing Director of Textile Exchange.

As well as investing in organic cotton, H&M works to improve conventional cotton growing and to make all cotton used more sustainable. H&M has been involved with the Better Cotton Initiative (BCI) since its inception in 2004, and is an elected member of the organisation's council. The BCI is a long-term initiative that develops and promotes good farm practices allowing more cotton to be grown while reducing water and chemical use. The BCI is not a labelling scheme, nor will it provide Fairtrade or organic cotton.

Hennes & Mauritz AB (H&M)

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