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Sustainability Certifications

Better Cotton Initiative (BCI)

Better Cotton Initiative (BCI), a global not-for-profit, is the world's largest cotton sustainability programme.

BCI aims to transform cotton production worldwide, by addressing the negative impacts of cotton growing and processing. As a BCI member, Coats is part of a global community sharing in this commitment. Through its work with a diverse range of stakeholders across the supply chain, BCI promotes continuous improvements that are measurable for the environment, farming communities and the economies of cotton-producing areas. Under the following four aims, BCI is working towards making ‘Better Cotton’ a sustainable mainstream commodity:

  • Reduce the environmental impact of cotton production
  • Improve livelihoods and economic development in cotton producing areas
  • Improve commitment to and flow of Better Cotton throughout supply chain
  • Ensure the credibility and sustainability of the Better Cotton Initiative

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Coats Tre Cerchi Vero+ is Cradle to Cradle™ compliant for its dyes and chemicals.

Cradle to Cradle™ is a standard that ensures that finished products are designed and produced in such a way that the materials used in them can be treated appropriately at end of life, whether it be by recovery and recycling for non renewable materials or through biodegradation for renewable materials. Under this standard the dyes and chemicals in use have to be able to fit the needs of the end of life process for the product and hence have to be carefully chosen.