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Cotton

100% committed to sustainable cotton

Growing cotton in a responsible way is a priority to us. Meet the farmers that made your cotton bed linen or sofa cover in more sustainable cotton possible.

Cotton is one of our most important raw materials. You’ll find it in many 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 a conventional way is often harmful to the environment and the people involved. We have made a commitment to only use cotton grown in a responsible way in our products, for the benefit of our customers and the planet.

Since September 1st 2015, all the cotton in our products comes from more sustainable sources. We are pleased to have reached our 100% target, but we aren’t satisfied and won’t stop there. We are committed to creating a positive change throughout the entire cotton industry – more sustainable cotton needs to become a mainstream material beyond our business.


Since 2015, all the cotton we use for IKEA products comes from more sustainable sources.

Since September 1st 2015, all the cotton we use for IKEA products comes from more sustainable sources. This means that the cotton is either recycled or grown with less water, chemical fertiliser and pesticides.


By choosing responsibly grown cotton you are contributing to a better future for your child.

Cotton grown with care – your choice matters

When caring for your loved ones by creating a home with more sustainable cotton products, you are teaming up with us by choosing cotton grown with respect for people. This also means you are contributing to the well-being of cotton farmers and their families, and a less polluted world for your child to grow up in. Together, we can make a difference!

The IKEA TOVSIPPA quilt cover with a floral pattern is made from 100% more sustainable cotton.

When making yourself comfortable with TOVSIPPA bed linen at night, don’t forget to feel good about having contributed to the wellbeing of the farmers that grew the cotton it’s made from. All cotton at IKEA is grown with less water, fewer fertilisers and fewer pesticides while increasing profit margins for the farmers.

We believe that you shouldn’t have to compromise on either price, quality, function, design or sustainability when decorating your home, that’s why any cotton choice you make at IKEA is a better one. SKÄGGÖRT fabric, for example, is made from 100% more sustainable cotton.

The soft, pale shades of beige, pink and blue of DVALA bed linen in pure cotton, are made with a new dyeing technique that uses pigment colours. The technique saves on chemicals, energy and water – in fact, we’re saving over 200 million litres of precious water per year thanks to this, enough to make a good night’s sleep even better. 

The IKEA ISPIGG cushion cover is made from 100% more sustainable non-bleached cotton yarn.

We are constantly looking for new ways to reduce the environmental footprint we leave behind. ISPIGG cotton cushion cover, woven from mostly non-dyed and non-bleached yarn, is one of them. We just love creating responsibly sourced products that are both beautiful and affordable.

Cotton from more sustainable sources*

77% of cotton at IKEA is “Better Cotton”, which means it’s grown with respect for the farmers and the environment.

Better Cotton

17% of all cotton at IKEA is recycled. More than 90% of the material used is leftover fabric from bed linen production.

Recycled

Six percent of our cotton at IKEA is “Towards Better Cotton”, a standard developed by IKEA meaning “on its way to become Better Cotton”.

Towards Better Cotton**

* Cotton from more sustainable sources includes Better Cotton, Recycled Cotton and Towards Better 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.

All cotton at IKEA is grown with less water and chemicals and with respect for the farmers and the environment.

Leading a constant change for cotton

Over a decade ago, IKEA, WWF and other partners, established the Better Cotton Initiative (BCI), an organisation aiming to make global cotton production better for the industry, people and our planet.

Today, as one of the largest catalysts for improving cotton farming, we continue to positively impact the business. Currently, we’re the only global retailer in the world selling products made from 100% cotton from more sustainable sources. But we are not satisfied. Our mission is to spread the word and go beyond our business. Together with our partners, we’re on a journey to make cotton from more sustainable sources a mainstream practice – affordable and accessible to all.

Through hands-on training and field schools, together with our partners, we have helped farmers learn more sustainable farming methods. This initiative enabled farmers to cut costs, increase their profits and improve their working conditions. As a result, they could afford a better quality of life for their families, including schooling for their children. Today, together with our partners, we are continuing to work in the field, while expanding the scope of our cotton initiatives to include water, biodiversity and soil management, to ensure we continue to improve sustainable cotton farming practices for the longer term.

Find out more about how we work with our suppliers through our code of conduct IWAY to, for example, secure better working conditions and minimum environmental standards.

Growing cotton responsibly with a focus on water

When grown conventionally, cotton farming uses large amounts of chemicals and water. This practice often leads to significant health risks to farmers, while damaging the environment. At IKEA, we don’t want to be part of the problem – we want to be part of the solution. That’s why we are 100% committed to sustainable cotton. It means that our cotton is grown with less water and chemicals, helping areas that are subject to erosion and water scarcity.

IKEA is committed to using water as efficiently as possible. Based on the WWF’s water stewardship model, we are reducing the impact of our own operations and our suppliers’ operation, supporting sustainable water management, cotton production included.

Becoming water positive

Cotton is one of the most high-impact crops when it comes to water. At IKEA, we are committed to being water positive, using it as efficiently as possible, promoting water stewardship throughout and beyond our own sphere of operations and on into the wider world.

Based on WWF’s water stewardship model, we are working to reduce the impact of our own operations and our suppliers’ operation, supporting sustainable water management in river basins and increasing people’s access to clean water. Our work to become water positive focuses on cotton, providing farmers with training on better water management practices, and establishing community-based Water User Associations. This means farmers grow with less water, so more water can be diverted to other uses.

Learn more about our partnerships and how we work with cotton

WWF and IKEA are working together to transform different businesses for the benefit of people and planet.

Since September 1st, 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 fertilisers and pesticides while increasing profit margins for farmers.

Learn more about IKEA and WWF cotton projects
Learn more about Better Cotton Initiative