Cotton Initiative Wins First Polish Partner
LPP, a Polish fashion company, has partnered with Cotton made in Africa (CmiA), launching yet another year of growth for the internationally respected standard for sustainable cotton. By joining CmiA, LPP—whose brands include Reserved, Cropp. House, Mohito, and Sinsay—are making a clear commitment to sustainable cotton cultivation and people in cotton-growing countries. Its first CmiA-labelled products will come to market before the end of 2022.
With this new partnership, the Polish fashion company LPP is making a valuable contribution to environmental protection and is supporting African small-scale farmers and their families. The globally active fashion company’s contractually agreed purchase volume of up to 60 million items per year supports its strategic sustainability goals, which include significantly increasing the percentage of more environmentally friendly products and implementing good production standards for the sustainable textile industry.
“We are thrilled to have won our first Polish partner in LPP and to be working with them to create a sustainable basis for their product portfolio through CmiA,” says Tina Stridde, the Managing Director of the Aid by Trade Foundation, commenting on the new partnership. “Cotton is one of the key raw materials for our textiles. The chance to go through Cotton made in Africa to procure a valuable raw material that has significantly lower greenhouse gas emissions, conserves natural resources, and observes social criteria is a key step towards implementing our sustainability strategy of ‘For People For Our Planet,’” says Dorota Jankowska-Tomków, Environmental Social and Governance (ESG) Director at LPP.
For each CmiA-labelled textile item, LPP pays a licensing fee to the Aid by Trade Foundation, Cotton made in Africa’s parent organization. Licensing revenue is then reinvested in CmiA’s activities in Africa, which focus on providing small-scale farmers with training in sustainable cultivation methods and in business fundamentals, ultimately enabling them to maintain soil fertility and to protect their plants with natural materials. In addition, the CmiA standard prohibits the use of genetically modified seeds as well as the logging of primary forests. Only rainwater is used for irrigation. According to the latest study results, CmiA cotton has a significantly smaller ecological footprint while also helping to improve living conditions for small-scale farming families through training provided by CmiA. There are currently around one million small-scale farmers growing CmiA-verified cotton in ten countries in Sub-Saharan Africa, making up around 30 percent of African cotton production. Consumers can identify these products by means of a Cotton made in Africa label. The products will come to market this summer.
LPP is a Polish family business and one of the fastest-growing clothing companies in the region of Central and Eastern Europe. For 30 years it has been successfully operating in Poland and abroad, offering its collections on 26 stationary markets, including in such prestigious capitals as London, Helsinki, Tel Aviv, or Moscow. The online offer is available in 31 markets. LPP manages five fashion brands: Reserved, Cropp, House, Mohito, and Sinsay. The company has a chain of over 2000 stores with a total area of over 1.7 million sq.m. LPP bases its development on sustainable rules for all processes within the company. In 2019, LPP announced its second Sustainable Development Strategy “For People For Our Planet” to be implemented in the years 2020–2025, based on four pillars: design and production, elimination of plastics, chemical safety, and infrastructure and buildings.
About the Aid by Trade Foundation & Cotton made in Africa (CmiA)
Cotton made in Africa (CmiA) is an internationally recognized seal for sustainably produced cotton from Africa. Established by the Hamburg-based Aid by Trade Foundation (AbTF) in 2005, the initiative employs trade rather than donations to offer help for self-help and improve the living conditions of cotton farmers and their families in Sub-Saharan Africa while protecting the environment. More information is available at www.cottonmadeinafrica.org.
The data on CmiA’s environmental footprint is drawn from the 2021 CmiA Life Cycle Assessment (LCA), conducted by Sphera. Published under: https://cottonmadeinafrica.org/wp-content/uploads/CmiA_LCA-Study_2021.pdf [online resource]. Global averages are drawn from The life cycle inventory & life cycle assessment of cotton fiber & fabric (Cotton Inc, 2017).
The data on improving living conditions for small-scale farming families are drawn from the Syspons impact study (2021). Published under: https://cottonmadeinafrica.org/wp-content/uploads/CmiA-Impact-Study-2021.pdf (CmiA, 2021)
Source and Image: www.cottonmadeinafrica.org