Top 10 Buyers of Organic Cotton (You Won't Believe Who's No. 1!)
7. Coop SwitzerlandPhoto credit: Coop Switzerland
Like its name implies, Coop Switzerland is a Swiss cooperative that operates the second-largest supermarket in Switzerland. Coop accounts for 50 percent of all organic food sold in the country, according to a company fact sheet, but it also gets a nice slice of the organic, fair-trade cotton textile market, generating sales of CHF 46 million with its Naturaline label.
6. Anvil Knitwear (USA)Photo credit: Anvil Knitwear
The maker of the first carbon-neutral T-shirt, Anvil Knitwear can be found under its own brand, as well as several private labels. To raise environmental awareness for Earth Day, Anvil, in partnership with the Sierra Club and Carbonfund.org, donated more than 6,000 recycled-cotton and roughly 1,500 organic cotton tees to schools, universities, and environmental organizations.
5. Zara (Spain)Photo credit: Zara
Producing 11,000 unique clothing pieces every year, compared with an industry average of 3,000, according to BusinessWeek, Zara exemplifies fast fashion, giving even H&M; (see No. 4) a run for its money. The Spanish retailer, which has 1,000 stores in 54 countries, introduced an organic cotton denim and tee line last summer, which it has subsequently expanded with dresses, tops, and scarves.