2.6 billion people worldwide live on agriculture. Forests are home to more than 80 per cent of the world’s creatures. Nonetheless, humanity loses many areas of arable land and forests each year. This leads to a loss in the richness of species as well as in the basis of human life.
Cotton plays a major role in textile production, which is by far the most important natural fibre. After all, about 2.5 percent of the world's arable land is used for cotton cultivation. The promotion of sustainable cotton cultivation is therefore an important goal in the Partnership for Sustainable Textiles. In order to protect soils and waters and to preserve biodiversity, there are several options: modern cultivation methods and the cultivation of organic cotton or the reduction or complete renunciation of synthetic pesticides. Farmers achieve higher prices and often profit from sustainable trade relationships so that investments are worthwhile.
All members of the Partnership for Sustainable Textiles have the common goal of increasing the share of sustainable cotton to 35 per cent by 2020, of which at least 10 per cent should come from organic farming. The Textiles Partnership members had already almost achieved this goal in 2018 (report). By 2025, as much as 70 percent of the cotton used in the Partnership for Sustainable Textiles is to be sustainable; organic cotton is to account for at least half of it.
Under "Projects worldwide" you find numerous projects of our members, which contribute in different ways to the achievement of the SDGs. If you are interested in a particular SDG, it is best to filter by sector risk.
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