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Michelle Russell

Members source 1.5m tonnes of Better Cotton in 2019

3 February 2020 | Michelle Russell

In 2019, the Better Cotton Initiative (BCI) experienced a historic level of uptake as 150 retailer and brand members sourced more than 1.5m metric tonnes of the fibre, an achievement the organisation says sends a "clear signal" to the market.... read more

Cotton innovation challenge seeks sustainable ideas

3 December 2019 | Michelle Russell

A new initiative has been launched to find innovative ideas and solutions to improve global sustainable cotton farming practices around the world.... read more

BCI releases revised cotton claims framework

20 November 2019 | Michelle Russell

The Better Cotton Initiative (BCI) is releasing a newly-revised version of its Claims Framework, including changes that allow members to better communicate about their sustainability efforts, while ensuring the information is accurate and credible.... read more

H&M, Adidas, Gap, Nike largest BCI cotton users

15 November 2018 | Michelle Russell

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.... read more

Mango commits to sustainable cotton sourcing

19 April 2018 | Michelle Russell

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.... read more

Mozambique on course as 100% Better Cotton country

18 December 2017 | Michelle Russell

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.... read more

Better Cotton membership jumped 40% last year

25 July 2017 | Michelle Russell

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.... read more

Clothing brands commit to 100% sustainable cotton by 2025

25 May 2017 | Michelle Russell

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

KappAhl launching Better Cotton denim line

29 November 2016 | Michelle Russell

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

Brazil maintains Better Cotton top spot

1 November 2016 | Michelle Russell

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. ... read more

Global brands back training for Pakistan cotton farmers

29 September 2016 | Michelle Russell

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. ... read more

Better Cotton builds momentum as membership grows 50%

2 June 2016 | Michelle Russell

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.... read more

Better Cotton strengthens top team with new COO

19 May 2016 | Michelle Russell

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.... read more

Fair Trade apparel programme reaching new heights

8 March 2016 | Michelle Russell

A fire that broke out at a factory in Bangladesh last month, and the impending third year anniversary of Rana Plaza, serves as a reminder that major safety concerns still exist for workers in the global apparel industry. But the proliferation of organisations working to offer tangible solutions proves that work is in progress, one of those being Fair Trade USA, whose apparel programme grew 358% in 2014. ... read more

Adidas beats Better Cotton sourcing target

24 February 2016 | Michelle Russell

German sporting giant Adidas sourced 43% of its cotton as Better Cotton in 2015, beating its original target for the year and marking a new company record.... read more

Better Cotton reaches 700 member target

15 February 2016 | Michelle Russell

The Better Cotton Initiative (BCI) reached its target of 700 members in 2015, with the recruitment rate continuing at an average of 20 new companies each month. ... read more

Investment fund to support Better Cotton projects

29 January 2016 | Michelle Russell

The Better Cotton Initiative (BCI) has partnered with a number of global apparel brands, including Levi Strauss and Adidas, to launch a global investment vehicle to support Better Cotton projects around the world. ... read more

BCI adds garment makers to cotton traceability tool

28 January 2016 | Michelle Russell

The Better Cotton Initiative (BCI) has added garment manufacturers to its traceability system in the final step of its efforts to drive increased visibility in sourcing cotton.... read more