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SDG 15

SDG15: Life on Land

2.6 billion people live on agriculture worldwide. 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 is of major importance in the textile sector. Although its production only requires 2.5 per cent of the arable lands, five per cent of the global pesticide use stem from cotton production. That is why the promotion of sustainable cotton is crucial: relinquishing synthetic pesticides is good for lands and waters while also preserving biodiversity. Farmers achieve higher prices and often profit from sustainable trade relationships so that investments are worthwhile.

All members of the Textiles Partnership have the common goal to raise the share of sustainable cotton to 35 per cent by 2020, 10 per cent of which being organic cotton. Until 2025, it shall be 70 per cent sustainable cotton, half of which should be organic.

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