Primark has announced it will add 125,000 more farmers to its sustainable cotton programme, training 275,000 in how to be sustainable by the end of 2023.
Close to 150,000 farmers throughout Bangladesh, India and Pakistan have already been trained, with this expansion representing an 80% growth in the number of farmers involved in the project.
The retail business estimates this will increase the portion of sustainable cotton in its products by 60%.
It has stated its sustainable cotton is grown with less use of chemical fertilisers and pesticides, to protect biodiversity.
Primark claims that 40% less chemicals are used, 10% less water is used per acre, with a 14% increase in yield.
More than half of the store’s clothing is made from cotton, so the brand feels that this change will have a large impact on the overall carbon footprint of its supply chain.
“Our sustainable cotton programme plays an integral role in our long-term vision to make more sustainable clothes affordable for everyone.
“Over half of our clothes are made with cotton, so by further increasing the number of farmers, we will be able to meet our commitment that all the cotton in our clothing will be organic, recycled or from our programme by 2027,” said Lynne Walker, Director at Primark Cares.