Cone Denim®, a global leader in denim authenticity and sustainable innovation for more than 130 years, is excited to expand its sustainability commitment by highlighting the usage of regenerative cotton in its premium denim lines.
Cone's goal is to expand access to sustainably sourced cotton grown using regenerative agricultural practices in collaboration with Regenagri®, an international regenerative agriculture initiative that assists organizations in reaching new levels of sustainability, while also working on various programs to assist its customers and brands in achieving key sustainability actions.
Cone Denim is proud to be an advocate for regenerative agriculture as a more sustainable method of farming and a strategy to reduce the global impact of garments. These activities assist increase soil health by rebuilding the soil's organic carbon by working with nature. No-till agriculture, cover crops, diversified crop rotations, and decreased fertilizer and pesticide usage are examples of regenerative methods. Cone fully supports the Regenagri® initiatives that help businesses move to holistic farming by prioritizing soil health and biodiversity, lowering greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, and sequestering CO2.
The Control Union, which helps create services around the sustainability of supply chains that feed into numerous sectors, including textiles, supports Regenagri's® accreditation. Because regenerative farming is a journey rather than a goal, ongoing development is essential. Cone is now aiding businesses and farmers that are on this journey.
Cone Denim President Steve Maggard, said that they’re becoming more committed to delivering textiles made with integrity, giving confidence and transparency to their consumers, and collaborating in the most innovative methods to assure sustainable cotton. The foundation of denim is cotton. From their recent accreditation with Regenagri® to their ongoing engagement with BCI and Cotton Leads to their cooperation with Oritain, Cone is committed to leading the industry in delivering the highest standards in sustainable and ethically cultivated cotton. They’re not only committed to meeting Cone's sustainability goals, but they are also enthusiastic about collaborating with businesses to assist their customers to reach and surpass their sustainability targets. To continue to drive towards a more sustainable future, the sector must work on incorporating these regenerative agriculture methods into supply chains.
Cone Denim, together with its parent company Elevate Textiles, has promised the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals and is committed to sourcing 80% verifiably sustainable cotton by 2025. The company provides a range of sustainably-sourced cotton, including recycled cotton, organic cotton, and Better Cotton initiative (BCI) cotton, and it is always investing in new programs. Cone is a signatory to the United States Cotton Trust Protocol, which establishes verifiable targets and benchmarks for sustainable cotton production and promotes ongoing progress in key sustainability parameters. Cone's collaboration with supply chain traceability specialist Oritain is also a continuing emphasis when it comes to transparency and supply chain integrity.
Cone Denim will continue to include regenerative farming into its cotton supply chain and expand on its environmental commitments, constantly looking for new and better ways. Please contact your Cone Denim specialist for additional information or to discover how to work with regenerative cotton.
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