2014 saw a 28% increase in volumes of retail sales of Fairtrade cotton

2014 saw a 28% increase in volumes of retail sales of Fairtrade cotton

The retail sales volume of Fairtrade cotton sold worldwide during 2014 increased by 28%, a new report suggests, reversing several years of decline.

The figures, published by Fairtrade International, show 9,982 tonnes of Fairtrade cotton lint were sold last year. Organic cotton accounts for 21% per cent of total production.

The research adds that in 2014, consumers spent a total of EUR5.9bn (US$6.6bn) on products carrying the Fairtrade label - a 10% increase since 2013.

Increased sales of established products such as cotton and cocoa are the main factors behind the Fairtrade success story, which benefits 1.5m farmers and workers round the world.

Earlier this year, Fairtrade International, which introduced Fairtrade certified cotton in 2005, introduced a new draft Fairtrade Textile Standard to improve conditions for workers along the textile and garment supply chain, including the provision of a living wage.