ORTA supports Better Cotton Initiative
The Better Cotton Initiative, conceived in 2005, promotes a more sustainable way to grow cotton worldwide. BCI aims to improve the key environmental and social impacts of cotton cultivation by making it more economically, environmentally, and socially sustainable. It consists of a voluntary coalition of NGOs, cotton farmers, suppliers, textile manufacturers, retailers, and brands working together to achieve set goals. The BCI network currently spans the globe, expanding with each passing day.
Orta has been working with the Better Cotton Initiative (BCI) for over a year as an implementing partner in Turkey. It has assisted local farms, on the field, in their transition into BCI certification as well as supporting the entire project by adding five percent “better cotton” to its own consumption. Now we witness the fruits of those labors with Turkey’s first ever “better cotton” harvest.
BCI exists to make global cotton production better for the people who produce it, better for the environment it grows in and better for the sector’s future. BCI works with a diverse range of stakeholders to promote measurable and continuing improvements for the environment, farming communities and the economies of cotton-producing areas. BCI aims to transform cotton production worldwide by developing Better Cotton as a sustainable mainstream commodity.