IKEA secures 50% cotton from preferred sources for 2013
The IKEA supply chain has now secured enough cotton produced from preferred sources* to cover half of the predicted total need for IKEA products in the current financial year 2013 (FY13).
"It is exciting that we have crossed the 50% goal and this has been a significant achievement. There is still a way to go to meet our 2015 goal and I am sure with the continued collaboration we will secure this," says Pramit Chanda, IKEA Material Development Leader Textiles.
Almost 39,000 tonnes of licensed Better Cotton lint – mostly from Pakistan and the African continent – had been purchased as of March 1, 2013. An additional approximately 18,000 tonnes of lint was sourced from farmers working towards the Better Cotton Initiative (BCI) standard, bringing the total to almost 57,000 tonnes or 50% of the estimated need for FY13. Last year, in FY12, the share of cotton from these preferred sources in IKEA products was 34%.
The IKEA goal is that all cotton used in the range is produced in line with the social and environmental criteria set by the BCI by the end of 2015.
*”Preferred sources” include Better Cotton, cotton from farmers working towards the BCI standard or other sustainability standards.
The share of more sustainable cotton in the IKEA range has increased rapidly since 2009.
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