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H&M to phase out conventional cashmere Beth Wright | 20 Mar 19

Swedish apparel retailer H&M has announced plans to phase out conventional cashmere as part of its 2030 goal to only use sustainably sourced materials.


Members source 1m tonnes of Better Cotton in 2018 Beth Wright | 8 Mar 19

In 2018, the Better Cotton Initiative (BCI) experienced a historic level of uptake as 93 retailer and brand members sourced more than 1m metric tonnes of the fibre, an achievement the organisation says sends a "clear signal" to the market.


New pilot will safeguard Egyptian Cotton supply chain workers Hannah Abdulla | 15 Feb 19

Cotton Egypt Association has announced a collaboration with the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation — The Egyptian Cotton Project — which it says will boost sustainability efforts and improve conditions for supply chain workers of the Egyptian Cotton brand.


BCI to release updated Claims Framework Beth Wright | 15 Feb 19

As the Better Cotton Initiative (BCI) enters its tenth year, CEO Alan McClay has outlined a series of actions the organisation will take in 2019, including the launch of an updated Better Cotton Claims Framework.


UK retailers make progress on reducing environmental impact Beth Wright | 18 Dec 18

The UK-based Waste and Resources Action Programme (WRAP) says that changes introduced by retailers and brands who have signed up to its Sustainable Clothing Action Plan (SCAP 2020) have helped improve footprint of the clothing they sell.


Timberland continues to accelerate sustainability efforts Beth Wright | 3 Dec 18

Timberland has once again increased the use of organic, US-origin and Better Cotton in its products and continues to progress towards its 2020 sustainability goals.


H&M, Adidas, Gap, Nike largest BCI cotton users Michelle Russell | 15 Nov 18

H&M, Adidas, Gap Inc and Nike have been named in the top five of Better Cotton Initiative's (BCI) top brands list for sourcing the sustainable raw material.


Timberland makes progress on 2020 sustainability goals Beth Wright | 11 Sep 18

Outdoor lifestyle brand Timberland continues to progress towards its 2020 sustainability goals, particularly in its bid to incorporate more sustainable cotton into its apparel.


More than 350 brands now committed to Better Cotton Initiative Beth Wright | 1 Aug 18

Takko Holding GmbH and Target Australia Pty Ltd are among the newest retailer and brand members who joined the Better Cotton Initiative (BCI) in the second quarter of 2018. 


Decathlon to significantly reduce its polyester impact Leonie Barrie | 20 Jul 18

Global sporting goods retailer Decathlon has pledged to significantly reduce its polyester impact, with all textile products sold in France due to be made from 100% more sustainable polyester by the end of 2021.


Timberland uses more responsibly sourced cotton Beth Wright | 26 Jun 18

Timberland has increased the use of organic, US-origin and Better Cotton in its products in the first quarter of 2018, the US outdoor apparel and footwear giant has said, as it outlined its latest sustainability achievements. 


Textile certification schemes slammed for false promises Beth Wright | 4 May 18

A campaign group's new report has called for the Better Cotton Initiative (BCI) to be scrapped, and suggests most certification schemes in the textile sector are guilty of making false promises on sustainability.


Hugo Boss outlines new sustainability agenda Beth Wright | 4 May 18

German fashion brand Hugo Boss has outlined a series of new sustainability goals, including plans to up its use of sustainable cotton, reduce the use of chemicals in its products, and to make a significant contribution to five of the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).


Lindex notes supply chain transparency challenges Beth Wright | 27 Apr 18

Swedish fashion retailer Lindex says 55% of its garments were made from sustainable materials last year – but admits there is still work to be done in consolidating its supply chain and increasing transparency past the first tier. 


Mango commits to sustainable cotton sourcing Michelle Russell | 19 Apr 18

Spanish fashion chain Mango has become the latest brand to join the Better Cotton Initiative (BCI) as part of a new commitment to ensure 50% of the cotton it sources is of sustainable origin by 2022.


Timberland makes "steady" progress on 2020 sustainability goals Beth Wright | 13 Apr 18

Outdoor lifestyle brand Timberland says it is making "steady" progress towards its 2020 sustainability goals, particularly in its bid to incorporate more sustainable cotton into its apparel.


Mozambique on course as 100% Better Cotton country Michelle Russell | 18 Dec 17

Mozambique's Government is undertaking an initiative it hopes will enable it to be the first country in the world to produce 100% Better Cotton, revitalising its cotton industry and securing access to new markets.


M&S launches sustainable selvedge denim jeans Leonie Barrie | 25 Aug 17

Retailer Marks & Spencer has launched a range of more sustainable selvedge denim jeans as part of its commitment to address the social, ethical and environmental impacts of its products.


Better Cotton membership jumped 40% last year Michelle Russell | 25 Jul 17

The Better Cotton Initiative (BCI) says it continued to scale up and engage with more farmers globally last year, growing its membership by 40% in 2016 and generating a 28.5% rise in income.


Clothing brands commit to 100% sustainable cotton by 2025 Michelle Russell | 25 May 17

Asos, Kering, Levi Strauss & Co and Nike are among 13 clothing and textile brands who have committed to using 100% sustainable cotton by 2025.


H&M leads Better Cotton league Beth Wright | 14 Feb 17

The Better Cotton Initiative (BCI) says demand for more sustainable cotton is on the rise, with Swedish retailer H&M and sportswear giants Adidas and Nike leading the field in its 'Better Cotton league'.


KappAhl launching Better Cotton denim line Michelle Russell | 29 Nov 16

Nordic value fashion retailer KappAhl is preparing to launch a sustainable denim collection next year, produced using Better Cotton. 


Brazil maintains Better Cotton top spot Michelle Russell | 1 Nov 16

Brazil's cotton industry is looking to invest in advanced technology that offers both social and environmental benefits to growing the crop, as the country maintained its position as the largest source of Better Cotton globally last year. 


Global brands back training for Pakistan cotton farmers Michelle Russell | 29 Sep 16

Around 200,000 Pakistani cotton farmers are set to benefit from a global cotton industry partnership that will train them on issues such as sustainability in farming and child labour thanks to funding from brands such as H&M and Levi Strauss & Co. 


Why traceability plays a key role in social compliance Guest author | 1 Sep 16

With traceability playing a key role in addressing the rising importance of social compliance, it might be time to review your traceability strategies and confirm you're armed with comprehensive product information across your supply network, says Thomas Ng, managing director, supply chain solutions, Amber Road.


Gap joins Better Cotton Initiative Beth Wright | 28 Jul 16

 US specialty fashion giant Gap Inc has signed up  to the Better Cotton Initiative (BCI) as part of its commitment to help improve cotton farming practices globally.


Apparel firms making progress on preferred fibres Beth Wright | 22 Jul 16

The organic cotton market is continuing its upward trajectory, while leading apparel brands and retailers are carefully balancing their use of a range of preferred fibres and materials in order to achieve the best sustainability results, according to two new reports.


Better Cotton builds momentum as membership grows 50% Michelle Russell | 2 Jun 16

The Better Cotton Initiative (BCI) says it is achieving scale in an exceptionally short time, after growing its membership by 50% last year and generating a 34.35% rise in income.


Better Cotton strengthens top team with new COO Michelle Russell | 19 May 16

The Better Cotton Initiative (BCI) has promoted Lena Staafgard to the newly-created role of chief operating officer to oversee the global operational effectiveness of the organisation, including its supply programme.


Israeli farmers join Better Cotton Initiative Katie Smith | 12 Apr 16

Israeli cotton farmers have signed up to the Better Cotton Initiative (BCI) in a move that will see them benefit from agronomic knowledge and experience in areas such as water management as well as develop a country specific Better Cotton Standard. 

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