M&S expands sustainable cotton use to 900 items of clothing

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

Nine hundred clothing products sold by Marks & Spencer (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 water, fertiliser and chemicals which reduces input costs and helps boost farm incomes. BCI predicts this year’s sustainable cotton harvest will reach about half a million tonnes (ENDS Report 452, p 20).

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