According to CottonConnect, only about 2% of the worlds cotton is organically grown

According to CottonConnect, only about 2% of the world's cotton is organically grown

Swedish fashion retailer Lindex has partnered with CottonConnect on a project to train female cotton farmers in India and increase the supply of organic cotton.

Lindex will finance the two-year Women in Cotton project, which will see the participation of 350 cotton farmers in the process of transitioning from conventional farming to organic farming. The women come from tribal areas in India that are isolated from the general development.

According to CottonConnect, only about 2% of the world's cotton is organically grown. Lindex works to increase this proportion and is, therefore, supporting CottonConnect's project 'Women in Cotton', which aims to educate the farmers in organic farming but also in business management, health and labour rights.

"As one of the world's largest buyers of organic cotton, we are working to further increase the supply of organic cotton, while at the same time continuing the important work of strengthening women", says Anna-Karin Dahlberg, sustainability manager at Lindex.

Around 68% of the cotton Lindex uses in its collections is organic and the entire fashion company's baby assortment is made of sustainable materials. The cotton in the baby products is organic and the baby cotton garments are GOTS certified.

Lindex has a goal is that by 2025, 100% of its materials will be recycled or come from sustainable sources.

"Our partnership with Lindex seeks to transform the organic cotton sector not only by increasing the volumes of organic cotton and by working with women who are often neglected in training programmes; but also, and very importantly, by creating a direct link between the farm community and the brand. We believe this is essential if we are to truly change cotton supply chains," says Alison Ward, CEO at CottonConnect.