Use of Sustainable Cotton
As an ALDI South Group, we are committed to social, ecological and economic standards with regard to achieving long-term sustainable improvements in the cultivation of cotton. Our customers can feel proud to buy our apparel and home textile items because we are committed to increase the use of sustainable cotton and plan to use only sustainable cotton for our ALDI-exclusive garments and household textiles from 2025 onwards.
By 2025, we will therefore require the cotton used for our ALDI-exclusive products to be of either recycled origin or certified according to one of the following internationally recognized sustainability standards.
Better Cotton Initiative (BCI)
The Better Cotton Initiative seeks to reduce the negative impacts of cotton production on people and planet. The basic principles of the BCI include the elimination of harmful pesticides and the efficient use of water, the preservation of soil fertility, as well as the compliance with minimum social criteria and the prohibition of child and forced/bonded labor. ALDI partners with The Better Cotton Initiative to improve cotton farming globally. Better Cotton is sourced via a system of mass balance. Further information is available at: bettercotton.org
Cotton Made in Africa (CmiA)
Following the principle of 'helping others to help themselves', Cotton made in Africa provides smallholders with training in modern, efficient, and environmentally friendly cultivation methods. In addition to this, it also imparts basic knowledge of business and economics. Pre-financing measures, the protection of natural conservation areas, and the ban of genetically modified cottonseed are just as much a part of the CmiA standard as compliance with the ILO core labor standards and the promotion of women's equal rights. Further information is available at: www.cottonmadeinafrica.org/en
Fair Trade cotton farms are audited against fair trade standards which drive income sustainability, community and individual well-being, empowerment, and environmental stewardship. In addition the cotton growers have security to sell their cotton at a fixed minimum price, which covers the costs associated with sustainable production and protects against market volatility. Lastly, growers receive a Fair Trade premium, which is a small amount per purchase which they re-invest in social and economic community projects that they select. Further information is available at: fairtradecertified.org or fairtrade.net
Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS)
The Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) defines globally consistent and rigorous criteria for the processing of textiles made from certified organic natural fibers throughout the entire supply chain. These criteria include the controlled organic cultivation of fibers, environmentally friendly and socially responsible production and consistent labelling of products. Compliance with the guidelines is verified throughout the supply chain with regard to the use of chemical additives and the core labor standards of the International Labour Organisation (ILO). Only textiles products, which contain at least 70% organically cultivated natural fibers may receive GOTS certification. This certification needs to be issued by an independent testing institute. Further information is available at: global-standard.org
Organic Content Standard (OCS)
The Organic Content Standard (OCS) enables the exact share of ecologically sound materials contained in a product to be recorded. The OCS tracks the use of certified, organically produced natural fibers, from the creation of the individual fibers to the finished product. Depending on the share of organically produced fibers contained, the certified product displays either the “OCS blended” logo (contains at least 5%) or the “OCS 100” logo (contains 95-100%). ALDI requires cotton in OCS blended labelled products to be of 100% organic origin and only allows blending with non-cotton materials. Further information is available at: textileexchange.org/integrity