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Textile Outlook International
Issue 130:
July-August 2007

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Editorial: Organic Cotton: Small But Growing (3 pages)
Profile of H&M: A Pioneer of Fast Fashion (26 pages)
Developments in Apparel Technology (23 pages)
Trends in EU textile and clothing imports, July-August 2007 (57 pages)
World markets for textile machinery: part 1 -- yarn manufacture, July-August 2007 (35 pages)
Strategies For Textile and Apparel Manufacturers in the Post-Quota Era: Prospects to 2015 (16 pages)

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Editorial: Organic Cotton: Small But Growing

Buy 'Editorial: Organic Cotton: Small But Growing' now 3 pages, published in Issue 130, July-August 2007  
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H&M is just one of an increasing number of major retailers to declare a commitment to the use of organic cotton (see page 17). Others include Marks & Spencer and Wal-Mart.

In order to be classified as “organic”, a crop must be cultivated in soil whose fertility is maintained and replenished without the use of toxic and persistent pesticides and fertilisers. Furthermore, the soil needs to have been kept free from such substances for at least three years.

At a time of growing concern about the environment, declaring “a commitment to organic cotton” is good for business. Consumers who are concerned about the chemicals used in the production of the clothes they buy can feel content that, by shopping at H&M, they are not only obtaining “fast fashion” items (see page 19) at low prices but also helping to save the environment.

In fact, the hype far exceeds the reality. It is impossible for the world’s major retailers to sell clothes made from organic cotton en masse because the output of organic cotton is minuscule. So, for the time being at least, claims by retailers that they are committed to using organic cotton are little more than publicity-seeking gestures.

Things are changing, however. According to a report2 from USA- based Organic Exchange, of which H&M is a member, the amount of organic cotton produced globally is set to soar—albeit from an extremely low base.

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