We are aware that the textile industry can have a negative impact on the local and social environments where they are made. That is why it is our aim to ensure that the fabrics we choose to make our products with are sourced responsibly and sustainably.
Our F&F clothing brand have committed to sourcing 100% sustainable cotton by 2025.
Cotton is the biggest raw material we use which affects thousands of cotton farmers around the world. To help those cotton farmers, we are working to ensure that our cotton has a minimal impact on the environment and that the people producing it get a better deal. Each year F&F procures approximately 28,000 metric tonnes of cotton lint and in our 2017 ranges 60% of the cotton we sourced was produced sustainably through the Better Cotton Initiative.
Producing Better Cotton has real economic, social and environmental benefits. Farmers can achieve the following;
In 2017, we signed the “Sustainable Cotton Communique” to help source 100% more sustainable cotton by 2025, along with many other brands and retailers.
By working together with other like-minded brands, retailers and suppliers who are committed to transparency and sustainable sourcing, we hope that a significant social and environmental benefit will be achieved wherever cotton is grown.
It is our goal that sustainable cotton simply becomes the new standard for cotton growing. Our customers can continue to look good and feel great, confident that their F&F garment is made from sustainably sourced cotton.
Sustainable Cotton Ranking 2017
The Sustainable Cotton Ranking report, created by Pesticide Action Network (UK), Solidaridad and WWF, assesses companies who have significant cotton use, and therefore, will have a prominent role in influencing sustainable cotton practices. Of the 75 companies assessed, Tesco ranks 12th.
To ensure the viscose that goes into our F&F clothing is sourced sustainably in 2016 we signed up to the CanopyStyle initiative. This is an industry-wide pledge that has been signed by over 100 fashion brands and retailers to end the use of endangered and ancient forests in the viscose supply chain.
We are keen to increase our use of recycled fibres and our sourcing teams are looking at ways to incorporate these fibres into our F&F product ranges.
Currently, the formal uniforms worn by our store colleagues are all made from 100% recycled polyester, which has a lower environmental impact than virgin polyester.
We have been building supply chain traceability since 2013, including identifying where all our fabric comes from through our internationally based fabric team.