The Better Cotton Initiative has added a major notch to its belt.
Prosperity Textile, one of China’s largest denim mills, said Wednesday that beginning with the spring 2017 season, all of the company’s lightweight cotton denim fabrics, including all shirting and dress weights, will be woven entirely from Better Cotton.
BCI, a not-for-profit organization stewarding global standards for Better Cotton, helps bring together cotton’s complex supply chain, from farmers to retailers. BCI aims to make global cotton production better for the people who produce it and the environment it grows in and to make Better Cotton a sustainable mainstream commodity.
“We believe sustainable cotton is what every denim mill should use and we value the importance Better Cotton has for both farmers and the industry in general,” said Leo Ku, president of Prosperity Textile.
The company said there will be no price increase associated with its shift to Better Cotton. Prosperity Textile has the capacity to produce 2 million yards a month of lightweight denim.
Founded in 1995, Prosperity Textile has an annual production capacity of 60 million yards, providing research and development, design and manufacturing services to global clients. The company has vertically integrated production in a 20-hectarefacility in Shaoguan, China. It produces fabrics for men’s, women’s and children’s wear using sustainable fibers such as Tencel, hemp and BCI cotton.
“Prosperity Textile’s ambitious target is an example that we hope will inspire other textile mills to be a part of the initiative,” said Paola Geremicca, BCI’s director of communications and fund-raising. “Their support and the support of our members helps us to establish a more sustainable cotton sector.”
“Prosperity Textile is committed to expanding its use of Better Cotton,” said Andrew Olah, chief executive officer of Olah Inc., Prosperity’s U.S. sales office. “More and more of our customers are seeking fabrics made with sustainable cotton and Better Cotton is one excellent option.”
Olah Inc., a New York-based global textile and apparel development and marketing firm, also produces the Kingpins Show.
Companies such as Levi Strauss & Co., G-Star Raw, Marks & Spencer, Tommy Hilfiger, Adidas, H&M, Ikea, VF Corp., Inditex, Nike Inc, and Olah Inc. are members of BCI. There were 1.2 million farmers in 20 countries participating in BCI’s program last year, making up 7.6 percent of global cotton production.