If you have heard us recently talk about the Better Cotton Initiative Standard System you may have some questions. What it is and why we use it for all our cotton products (including mattress fabric)?
The BCI is a standard system which takes a holistic approach to cotton production that is sustainable. They follow the three pillars of environmental, social, and economic sustainability. BCI takes a community approach to reaching standards and harmonizing between companies. “Each of the elements – from the Production Principles and Criteria to the monitoring mechanisms which show Results and Impact – work together to support the Better Cotton Standard System”. Their holistic approach focuses on better business practices and creating a mainstream commodity that is sustainable.
"Better Cotton is produced by farmers all over the world who:"
- Minimise the harmful impact of crop protection practices
- Use water efficiently and care for the availability of water
- Care for the health of the soil
- Conserve natural habitats
- Care for and preserve the quality of the fibre
- Promote decent work
We love working with BCI because of their enthusiasm to connect with the community. They work directly with farmers to help them improve their way of growing crops and creating better cotton as the result. The Better Cotton Initiative has a six criteria standard that gives support and assurance to their monitoring of better cotton. These standards are: Production Principles and Criteria, Capacity Building, Assurance Program, Chain of Custody, Claims Framework, and Results and Impact.
By sticking to theses standards, the Better Cotton farmers harvest cotton in a way that is better for the community and environment.
To learn more visit BCI.