Better Cotton Initiative

Global Apparel Industry Weaves Toward Transparency

A pact to improve garment factory working conditions worldwide was signed last month by the UN agency Better Work and the Fair Wear Foundation,…

Wrangler Wants to Increase the Supply of Sustainable U.S. Cotton

Wrangler plans to expand a pilot program to boost the supply of more responsible cotton in the U.S., the company announced during the…

Gap Will Source 100 Percent Sustainable Cotton By 2021

Gap, Inc. plans to purchase all of its cotton for Gap-branded clothing from sustainable sources by 2021. The company says Better Cotton Initiative-certified…

Apparel Giant VF Corp. Launches Anti-Deforestation Policy

VF Corp., the $12 billion apparel company that includes brands such as Timberland, The North Face and Vans, plans to root out deforestation…

The Truth about Water and Cotton: It’s Complicated.

Cotton has a reputation for being "difficult," water-wise. The truth, as is often the case, is not so cut and dried. In fact,…

Cotton Production Transparency: Unraveling the Mysterious Supply Chain

Cotton is a particularly demanding crop with a complex supply. And while the solutions to complex issues are never simple, forward-thinking brands are…

Timberland Announces Bold Sustainability Goals for 2020

Timberland sets long-term goals every five years and just announced its agenda leading to 2020. The mantra is 100 percent . . .…

Sustainability is About Saving Sport, Says Adidas

Athletic apparel giant Adidas announced that it is retooling its sustainability strategy in order to ensure that sporting activities will long endure. "Sport…

Brands Must Do More to Promote Cotton with a Story

Cotton is the livelihood for an estimated 250 million people — saying no to cotton is hardly the solution. Saying yes to more…

Sustainable Cotton Has a Demand Problem

Despite the many types of sustainable cotton now making up around 10 percent of global supply, there is a gap between supply and…

Adidas Surpasses 2015 Better Cotton Target

Adidas announced it exceeded its 2015 target of sourcing “Better Cotton.” The company said 43 percent of all cotton it purchased last year…

3p Weekend: 10 Brands Doing Sustainable Cotton Right

From organic fast-fashion to fair trade, these 10 brands are showing it's possible to do sustainable cotton right.

The Low-Down On Sustainable Cotton

Cotton supports about 250 million people globally. But conventional cotton growing is just not sustainable. We spoke with Anita Chester, head of sustainable…

Cotton Production and Consumption: A Cry For Sustainability

There is no other commodity grown on the farms of our planet that is more polluting than cotton. Major apparel and textile brands…

Timberland Agroforestry Project Breaks Cycle of Poverty in Haiti

Timberland and the Smallholder Farmer Alliance's community agroforestry project has put down deep, solid roots in Haiti. Over 2 million trees have been…