The climate crisis is the greatest challenge of our time. The climate impact of textiles is also shifting more and more into focus, and the Aid by Trade Foundation is tackling the issue together with atmosfair, a well-regarded non-profit organization with many years of experience in climate protection. The product of their collaboration is the Cotton made in Africa (CmiA) Carbon Neutral initiative, which provides a basis for a more climate-friendly textile supply chain. Cotton production accounts for around 0.3 to 1 % of global greenhouse gas emissions. Numerous companies have set climate goals and are now looking for ways to meet them.
Through CmiA Carbon Neutral, the Aid by Trade Foundation (AbTF), Hamburg/Germany, offers sustainable cotton verified according to the Cotton made in Africa standard while gradually reducing and offsetting greenhouse gas emissions at every stage from cotton production to ginning. For example, solar arrays are projected to progressively replace conventional, mixed power sources at ginneries. In places where no reductions can be made at this time or in the long term, the remaining CO2 emissions are compensated for, primarily by switching to cooking stoves that are significantly more energy efficient, thereby lowering greenhouse gas emissions, reducing the number of trees cut down for firewood, and protecting people’s health as less smoke and noxious gases are produced.
Carefully selecting the raw material can already make a big difference. By reducing and offsetting greenhouse gases emitted during cotton production and processing, AbTF is pursuing a holistic strategy that prioritizes the inclusion of CmiA small-scale farmers and their families and makes a point of ensuring that individual measures have a positive impact for this target group. These farming families have long been directly affected by the climate crisis, and their very existence is now under threat.
»With CmiA Carbon Neutral, the Aid by Trade Foundation is making a key contribution to the decarbonization of the entire textile supply chain. The global textile industry has recognized how significant textiles are in terms of climate change.«