October 8, 2013

C&A has topped both tables in the Textile Exchange Organic Cotton Market Report for 2012; the first showing them as the top consumer of organic cotton in the market and the second showing them as the company with the biggest growth in this area. C&A used more than 22.000 metric tons of organic cotton in the financial year of 2012- equating to a 78% growth on 2011. This year’s Textile Exchange report represents a landmark as retailers had to have consumed a minimum of 2 million pounds of organic cotton in order to be considered for the top ten list.

For the first time since 2009, C&A has restored its position at the top of the table, pushing H&M into second place. Many of the brands in the charts, have placed there year on year, however newcomers to the 2012 charts included French retailer Carrefour and Coop Switzerland who last made it into the top 10 in 2009.

The report also reveals that 71% of the brands and retailers polled by Textile Exchange are planning to increase their sourcing of organic cotton and other sustainable fibres in 2013.

Top 10 Users of Organic Cotton in 2012

1. C&A
2. H&M
3. Nike
4. Puma
5. Coop Switzerland
6. Anvil Knitwear
7. Williams-Sonoma
8. Inditex (Zara)
9. Carrefour
10. Target

Top 10 Users of Organic Cotton in 2011

1. H&M
2. C&A
3. Nike
4. Inditex (Zara)
5. Anvil Knitwear
6. prAna
7. Puma
8. Williams-Sonoma
9. Target
10. Otto Group

Tags: h&m, organic, sustainability, textile exchange.