Kering and Textile Exchange published two comprehensive guides on the organic cotton trade today in order to provide a blueprint for companies sourcing organic cotton, and incorporating it into their supply chains. As easy-to use tools, the guides demonstrate best practices and sourcing models for a more responsible trade. Overall, the guides lift much of the burden off of sourcing organic cotton. Through alleviating many of the challenges in the trade, this can enable more companies to uptake more organic cotton, thereby leading to a virtuous cycle, resulting in increased organic cotton supply and usage in products. Ultimately, this will also create more sustainable cotton supply chains for farmers and for the good of the environment.
During Textile Exchange’s conference in Washington last month, Kering’s Sustainable Sourcing Specialist, Christine Goulay, said:
“As businesses, we all need to have a real understanding of our dependence and impact on the raw materials we use. Kering was motivated to develop these guides to support the scaling up of organic cotton, which we believe will positively impact the trade overall. We hope the guides will be useful for our peers in identifying sources for organic cotton and in structuring their supply chains in a more environmentally and socially sustainable way.”
A World Beyond Certification: A best practices guide for organic cotton trade models
Organic Cotton: A fiber classification guide