We abide by social, ecological and economic standards with regard to achieving long-term sustainable improvements in cultivating cotton. You can feel proud to buy our apparel and home textile items because we will only be using sustainable cotton in our ALDI-exclusive garments and household textiles starting in 2025.
By then, we will require our ALDI-exclusive products use cotton that’s 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 the planet. We partner with them to improve cotton farming globally because their basic principles include:
- Elimination of harmful pesticides
- Efficient use of water
- Preservation of soil fertility
- Compliance with minimum social criteria and
- Prohibition of child and forced/bonded labor
Cotton Made in Africa (CmiA)
Cotton Made in Africa trains smallholders in modern, efficient and environmentally friendly cultivation methods as well as business and economics. Pre-financing measures, protecting natural conservation areas and banning genetically modified cottonseed are as critical to the CmiA standard as complying with ILO core labor standards and promoting women's equal rights.
Fair Trade Cotton
Fair Trade cotton farms are audited for compliance with fair trade standards which drive income sustainability, community and individual well-being, empowerment and environmental stewardship. The cotton growers can sell their cotton at a fixed minimum price that covers the costs associated with sustainable production and protects against market volatility.
The growers also receive a Fair Trade premium - a small amount per purchase that they re-invest in social and economic community projects of their choice.
Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS)
The Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) establishes consistent and rigorous criteria worldwide 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 product labelling.
Compliance with these 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 textile products which contain at least 70% organically cultivated natural fibers may receive GOTS certification.
Organic Content Standard (OCS)
The Organic Content Standard (OCS) records the exact share of ecologically sound materials in a given product. From the creation of the individual fibers to the finished product, the OCS tracks the use of certified, organically produced natural fibers. Depending on the share of organically produced fibers, the certified product displays either the “OCS blended” logo (contains at least 5%) or the “OCS 100” logo (contains 95-100%). We require cotton in OCS-blended labelled products to be of 100% organic origin and only allow blending with non-cotton materials. Learn more.