M&S expands sustainable cotton to 900 clothing items

Nearly a thousand items in M&S’s clothing range now contain 50% sustainably sourced cotton because of the Better Cotton Initiative

Nine hundred clothing products sold by M&S contain at least 50% sustainable cotton, grown by Better Cotton Initiative (BCI) farmers in Brazil, India, Mali and Pakistan.

This represents just 5% of items in M&S’s clothing product range, but the retailer says the 4,000 tonnes of BCI cotton it bought over the past six months will increase to 15,000t per year over the next three years.

BCI cotton uses less fertiliser, water and chemicals, which reduces input costs and boosts farm incomes. BCI predicts this year’s sustainable cotton harvest will reach about half a million tonnes (ENDS Report, September 2012).

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