Ikea becomes first retailer to source 100 per cent sustainable cotton

Paul Snell is managing editor at Supply Management
10 November 2015

Retailer Ikea has announced all the cotton it purchases now comes from sustainable sources.

This incorporates cotton grown to the Better Cotton Standard and US sustainable cotton, and farmers who use less water and fewer chemical fertilisers.

The Swedish home furnishings chain made the commitment in 2013, and claims to be the first major retailer to achieve the target.

Ikea uses 0.7 per cent of the world’s cotton in items such as bedding and sofas, with the main sources of India, Pakistan, Turkey, China, Brazil and the US.

Pramod Singh, cotton leader at Ikea, said: “This year is the beginning of a new era for cotton at IKEA. Reaching our goal of sourcing 100 per cent of cotton from more sustainable sources is a great achievement, but it also marks the start of our next challenge – to maintain the 100 per cent and to find even more ways to support cotton producers around the world to be more sustainable.”

The retailer has worked with the Better Cotton Initiative (BCI), which works to improve environmental standards and working conditions in the sector, on the goal.

Paola Geremicca, director of communications and fundraising at the BCI, said: “We applaud Ikea for setting such an ambitious target and for acting as an example to other retailers and brands.”

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