We're all-in for cotton from more sustainable sources
Why more sustainable cotton matters
Cotton is one of our most important raw materials. You’ll find it in many IKEA products, from sofas and cushions to bed sheets and mattresses. Although we love working with cotton, we are uncomfortable with the fact that growing cotton in the conventional way is often harmful to the environment and the people involved.
When grown conventionally, cotton farming uses large amounts of chemicals and water. This practice often leads to significant health risks to farmers, soil erosion and water scarcity. It also leads to higher costs, and since most cotton is grown on small farms in developing countries, many farmers struggle to make a profit.
So, we decided to find a way to tackle these challenges and have made a commitment to improve the cotton industry.
Taking action to transform the cotton industry
Find out more about how we work with our code of conduct IWAY to secure e.g working conditions and minimum requirements for environment at our suppliers.
Making a lasting impact
Becoming water positive
Cotton from more sustainable sources
Of the total cotton we use in IKEA products, 18% is recycled cotton. The remaining 82% comes from these sources: Better Cotton: 69%, towards better cotton*, and other more sustainable cotton, such as the E3 program in the US: 13%.
In calendar year 2016, we used more than 131 000 MT of cotton.
*Towards better cotton is a standard developed by IKEA following the same principles and criteria as Better Cotton, on its way to become Better Cotton.
Learn more about how we work with cotton and our partnerships
Since September 1, 2015, all the cotton we use for IKEA products comes from more sustainable sources. This means that the cotton is grown with less water, chemical fertiliser and pesticide, while increasing profit margins for farmers.
Reports & Downloads
Read more about how we source cotton in Turkmenistan PDF
IKEA VIEW: Cotton PDF