The Future of Cotton                   

In partnership with the German Initiatives for Sustainable Cotton, we used our existing Fashion Futures scenarios to examine the key trends

Organic Cotton Means Less Water Pollution

One of the main issues associated with conventional cotton farming is that of water pollution owing to the high usage of chemical fertilizers and pesticides during cultivation. Water pollution can be minimized using organic and improved farming practices, says a study financed by clothing company C&A and conducted by the Water Footprint Network (WFN) and CottonConnect. […]

CottonConnect Addresses The Organic Seed Issue

CottonConnect aims to have enough good quality organic seed for over 55,000 acres in M.P. and Maharashtra by 2013 and in the process help thousands of organic cotton farmers in being self-sufficient through its 3 year Organic Seed Development Programme. According to CottonConnect, scarcity of good quality organic seeds is one of the major challenges […]

Kokkabok Women’s Cotton Group: Supporting Itself Sustainably

A few old women in a small village of Thailand can be seen spinning, weaving and creating organic fabric daily without much support from outside. They are old but with zeal to save their tradition that reminds them of their own childhood and a sense of self esteem to support themselves. As they produce beautiful […]

Fairtrade Propelling Vidarbha’s Women Farmers To Prosperity

Sustainable cotton production is giving a ray of hope in to a group of  18 women in the village of Bhilapur in the Vidarbha region of Maharashtra, India, who collectively own 100 acres of farmland and grow cotton in 58 acres, becoming a part of a global chain that spans the width from village level […]

BCI Brings Good Health To Pakistan’s Cotton Farmers

Better Cotton Initiative’s work in Pakistan is turning up results at the ground level. Simple ways to protect people working in cotton fields seem to be touching a chord as men and women learn to minimize the impact of pesticides. And the learning has come from training programs being organized by Better Cotton Initiative (BCI) […]

Cotton’s Second Coming in Lanjigarh, Orissa

  Barren land in Lanjigargh, Orissa before Organic Cotton cultivation (left); Organic Cotton farm post VAL support (right) Vedanta Aluminum Ltd. (VAL) and Natural Organic Farm, an NGO, has implemented a project for organic cotton cultivation called Project Jaibik in Lanjigarh, Orissa.  Earlier, the cotton that was growing in Lanjigarh was not of high quality […]

Ugandan Farmers Get An Acumen Infusion

The Gulu Agricultural Development Company (GADC) will receive $2.2 million from Acumen Fund and Root Capital, to improve the company’s organic cotton output to help civil war refugees in the region to maintain small farmers livelihoods, says an article in Fastcompany. GADC was proposed by the Government of Uganda as a solution to the shambles […]

Andhra’s Journey To Sustainable Farming

A project to empower women farmers in Andhra Pradesh, India is on the roll. With some women self-help groups supporting it, the project hopes one day to bring about a change by which over 60 per cent of the land in the state is cultivated by organic means, says a report in the Financial Chronicle.  Over […]

Project Chetna: Setting Transparent Standards

A big issue with a sustainable cotton production firm is the issue of integrity of the process through its various stages (as it works through an elaborate supply chain). Now, more and more Indian cotton growers and farmers applying organic means are making sure that organic growing efforts in the field are transparently recorded, certified and […]

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