CARING ABOUT COTTON
By 2020, 100% of the cotton for our clothing will come from sustainable sources.
WHY HAS FATFACE SET THIS TARGET?
FatFace loves cotton, we use it in over 70% of our products. It is a valuable renewable resource, but its production is vulnerable to poor working environments and conditions. At FatFace, we are committed to sourcing sustainably which is why we have made the commitment that by 2020, 100% of the cotton for our clothing will come from sustainable sources. We are achieving this target by sourcing organically grown cotton and through membership of the Better Cotton Initiative (BCI). By sourcing cotton through the BCI we are continuing to improve farmers' livelihoods and protecting the natural environment. This commitment includes the cotton sourced for all our clothing as well as accessories such as socks and scarves.
WHAT IS BETTER COTTON INITIATIVE (BCI)?
FatFace is a proud member of the Better Cotton Initiative. Simply put, BCI is the largest cotton sustainability programme in the world. It is a non-profit organisation helping farmers to reduce the impact of cotton production on the local environment and improve their livelihoods. Read more here.
WHAT IS ORGANICALLY GROWN COTTON?
Organically grown cotton is specifically grown without the use of harmful pesticides and fertilisers which is better for the environment and the farmers who produce the cotton.
WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN BCI COTTON AND ORGANIC COTTON?
BCI and Organic cotton are two separate standards relating to cotton production. Some BCI farmers may also be organic certified but that decision is up to the farmer. Although they have different focus areas, both initiatives are working towards a shared goal: to ensure that cotton is produced in a more sustainable manner.
IS MY GARMENT MADE FROM BETTER COTTON?
Not necessarily. The creation of cotton products is complex and cotton is blended together at several stages before being made into garments. By supporting BCI, FatFace is ensuring that the BCI farmers are learning sustainable farming methods rather than ensuring the traceability of cotton in our products. Find out more on the BCI chain of custody model called Mass Balance here.
WHAT'S NEXT FOR FATFACE?
Our work with cotton is not over – we’re on track to reach our 2020 target for the cotton sourced for our clothing. Following this, we will extend our commitment to cover the smaller cotton components of other products like jewellery and linings for bags and shoes. We are in the process of deciding sustainable sourcing options for the other materials we use. Soon we will be announcing our 2020-2025 sustainability strategy and targets because the journey to sustainability is ongoing and we are committed to continually improving our efforts.