Caring About Cotton
HOW DOES FATFACE DO THIS?
FatFace loves cotton! We use it in over 70% of our products. By only using responsibly sourced cotton for our products, we play a role in improving cotton farming wherever we can. Our commitment includes the cotton sourced for all our clothing, as well as accessories such as socks and scarves.
We source both organically grown cotton and responsibly sourced cotton through the Better Cotton Initiative (BCI). By sourcing cotton through the BCI, we are continuing to improve farmers' livelihoods and helping to protect the natural environment.
WHAT IS THE 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 about the Better Cotton Initiative 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. The amount of organic cotton in the world is only a small percentage of the total global cotton yield, so there’s not a lot to go round. This is why we use two cotton sourcing standards.
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 funding programmes for BCI farmers to learn more 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 are now extending our responsible sourcing commitment to cover smaller cotton quantities used in other products such as linings for bags and shoes.
We continue to build sustainability knowledge across our business, so all our staff understand the impacts of the materials we use. And we have set ourselves targets for the other key materials we use.
100% of the polyester for our polyester products will be recycled.
100% of the viscose for our viscose products will be from sustainable sources.
100% of the linen for our linen products will be from sustainable sources.
100% of the leather for our leather products will come from LWG (Leather Working Group) tanneries; LWG seeks to improve the leather manufacturing industry by creating alignment on environmental priorities, best practices and providing guidelines for continual improvement.