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In September 2021 Ethical Consumer viewed the Traidcraft retail website for details on its cotton sourcing. It did not sell own brand cotton products, but sold various cotton items, all of which were organic and fairtrade.

According to Anti-Slavery International (ASI) website viewed by Ethical Consumer in June 2021, Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan were two of the world’s largest exporters of cotton, and every year their governments forcibly mobilised over one million citizens to grow and harvest cotton.

According to the 2020 Sustainable Cotton Ranking published by Pesticide Action Network UK, Solidaridad and WWF, conventional cotton production involved the overuse and misuse of pesticides and synthetic fertilisers, which has significant impacts on ecosystems, and the health of farmers and their communities.

According to the International Service for the Acquisition of Agri-Biotech Applications (ISAAA), a non-profit pro biotech organisation, “Biotech cotton was planted to 25.7 million hectares, covering 79% of the global area of cotton in 2019.”

The company was a retailer, rather than manufacturer, of cotton products, and as all of the cotton items sold were either organic and fairtrade it was considered to have a positive policy as a cotton retailer.

Reference: (28 July 2021)