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Sustainable cotton sourcing strategies - a guide to fashion brands

Updated : October 2020

Stakeholders

  • Retailers or wholesalers
  • Sourcing professionals
  • Textile fiber cultivation professional
  • Textile industry sustainability professionals

This article by GreenBiz in collaboration with Textile Exchange provides insights on sustainable cotton sourcing strategies for textile and apparel industries. Textile Exchange, in this regard, has already launched a tool called Material Change Index in 2019, to enable fashion brands source sustainable fibre materials.

For cotton, the list of preferred cotton variations include those certified by recognized organizations such as BCI, Fair Trade, Cotton made in Africa, etc. and other varieties such as organic and recycled cotton. The article also provides details on some of the innovative sourcing models implemented by leading brands for sustainable cotton.

Prominent models include collaborations with suppliers, buying and production teams of the company to have a detailed understanding of the sourcing methods, going beyond certifications and engaging with farmers directly for implementing sustainable practices, working with farmer communities and more.


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Topics

Sustainable cotton sourcing strategies

Organic cotton for textiles

Recycled cotton for apparel

Certified global cotton programs

Material Change Index for sustainable textile fibre sourcing

Supplier collaboration for sustainable cotton sourcing

Buying team engagement for sustainable cotton

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Geography
| Global
Year

2020

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