Sustainable Cotton

Fibres with a feel-good factor – with sustainably cultivated cotton we assume our social and environmental responsibility in the production process.

In the Otto Group’s textile range, cotton is clearly the dominant fibre compared to polyester, viscose and wool. With our Textile Strategy we intend to only use sustainably cultivated cotton in our own and licensed brands by 2020. To achieve this we are relying on cotton produced under the Cotton made in Africa (CmiA) initiative as well as on cotton from certified organic cultivation.

Compared with the conventional resource and CO2-intensive cotton cultivation process, CmiA saves around 2,100 litres of water and 40 % CO2 per kilogramme of cotton produced. In 2017 sustainably cultivated cotton amounted to 78 % of the total amount of cotton used by the Group in its own and licensed brands. This is an increase by 29 percentage points compared to the previous year.



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Tina Stridde, Managing Director of the Aid by Trade Foundation.
Only through education can people lead a self-determined life and improve their living conditions by their own efforts. This is why the Cotton made in Africa initiative has for a long time not only worked to train smallholder cotton farmers in sustainable cultivation: we are also committed to creating educational opportunities for the farmers, their wives and their children.
– Tina Stridde, Managing Director of the Aid by Trade Foundation.



Sustainability Reports, Studies and Code of Conduct

Sustainable cotton from Africa

Cotton made in Africa - an initiative of the Aid by Trade Foundation