Home / Knowledge / News / Textiles / Organic Cotton: C&A is the global leader
Organic Cotton: C&A is the global leader
01
Jun '10
C&A Europe (c-and-a) is now the leading retailer worldwide selling clothing made of certified organic cotton. This is confirmed in the Market Report recently published by the Organic Exchange. US sportswear brand Nike and retail chain Walmart follow C&A in second and third position.

"We are very proud that we are now the number one company selling fashion made of organic cotton worldwide," said Andreas G. Seitz, member and spokesman of the European Executive Board of C&A Europe. In 2009, the number of individual organic cotton garments sold by C&A rose by more than 17 per cent over the previous year to a total of 18 million pieces. In 2010, C&A expects to sell some 23 million organic cotton items. This will bring the share of certified organic cotton garments to 10% of the total C&A cotton collection. In comparison organic cotton currently represents just 0.75% of global cotton production. C&A Europe is currently represented across the continent with 1,410 branches in 19 national markets.

"Our commitment to organic cotton not only meets the expectations of our customers. It is also part of our social responsibility as a company," Mr. Seitz said. C&A adopted the strategic goal of offering organic cotton fashion products to the mass market for clothing in 2007. "With its sustained shift to organic cotton, C&A wants to contribute to the much-needed support of sustainable agriculture," said Mr. Seitz in reference to the report by the Organic Exchange. Our aim, he added, is not just to protect the environment through more efficient energy and water consumption. It is equally important, to protect both people and the natural environment by reducing the overall use of chemical fertilisers and pesticides, whilst also providing better living conditions for those involved in cotton cultivation.

"Especially given the difficult economic environment and the global textile market downturn, the sustained success of organic fashion in 2009 is very encouraging," Mr. Seitz said. According to Organic Exchange, global sales of organic textiles rose from 3.2 to 4.3 billion US dollars in 2009, which corresponds to an increase of about one third in just one year. Due to anticipated continued growth by anywhere from 20 to 40 per cent annually, Organic Exchange expects global retail sales of textile products made from organic cotton to rise to 5.1 billion (2010) and then 6 billion (2011) US dollars.

Organic cotton is currently cultivated in 22 countries on a total area of 625,000 acres. In its report, Organic Exchange states that 220,000 farmers worldwide currently earn their living cultivating organic cotton. The organisation further reports that the harvest of organically cultivated cotton rose by roughly 20 per cent in 2009 to 802,599 bales. This is a decline in growth over the previous year, which was characterised by marked overproduction.

In this context, C&A recognises the importance of corporate responsibility along the entire textile value chain. "Promoting sustainability in the fashion industry requires a holistic approach that extends far beyond the mere selling of fashionable garments made of organic cotton," Mr. Seitz said. This is why C&A has in the past launched a range of initiatives – particularly in India.


Must ReadView All

Textiles | On 23rd Jun 2017

Textile ministry organises training workshop on GST

The ministry of textiles had organised training workshop on GST which ...

Apparel/Garments | On 23rd Jun 2017

Uware Brands into licensing agreement with Polaroid

Uware Brands has entered into a licensing agreement with Polaroid for ...

Textiles | On 23rd Jun 2017

Ralph Lauren ex-president Tiger of Sweden's new CEO

Hans-Christian Meyer, former president of Ralph Lauren Corporation,...

Interviews View All

Nuno Venda
ROQ

‘There has been an increase in demand for water based inks, rather than...

Anavila Misra
Anavila Collection

Fashion shows are also encouraging and highlighting sustainable fashion

Kaizad Hansotia
GetNatty

Competition is the best thing that can happen to a startup

Mohammad Hassan
Biax Fiberfilm

About one in every 20 patients picks up an infection while hospitalised....

Mark Paterson
Technical Absorbents Ltd

Mark Paterson, R&D manager of Technical Absorbents Ltd talks about Super...

Steve Cole
Xerium Technologies

Steve Cole of Xerium Technologies discusses the industry. Xerium is the...

Ritu Kumar
Label Ritu Kumar

‘Classics will return’ "There are a lot of people wearing western clothes ...

Tony Ward
Tony Ward

"You have to truly understand what your client wants, know her needs, what ...

Bani Batra

Bani Batra’s couture wedding collection is inspired by traditional Indian...

Press Release

Press Release

Letter to Editor

Letter to Editor

RSS Feed

RSS Feed

Submit your press release on


editorial@fibre2fashion.com

Letter To Editor






(Max. 8000 char.)

Search Companies





SEARCH

news category


Related Categories:
June 2017

June 2017

Subscribe today and get the latest update on Textiles, Fashion, Apparel and so on.

SUBSCRIBE


Browse Our Archives

GO


E-News Insight
Subscribe Today and Get the
Latest News Update in Your Mail Box.
Advanced Search