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Our products are the sum of their materials, so where they come from matters.

Roughly 91 percent of our products are cotton-based, so the sustainability of our cotton supply is critical to our business. We don’t grow cotton ourselves, but given how much we use, we have a stake in how that cotton is grown and how it impacts the places where it is planted.

We work with the Better Cotton Initiative (BCI) and other partners to help farmers grow cotton more sustainably, reducing water and chemical use and increasing yields. We’re committed to using 100 percent more sustainable cotton from BCI growers, organic cotton farms, or recycled cotton suppliers by 2020, and we are well on our way to making it happen.

We think about other natural fibers and synthetics in the same way, striving to source responsibly, with the smallest possible footprint, and looking to innovate wherever possible to introduce more sustainable fabrics and fiber strategies into our supply chain.

Making Strides Through BCI
By cutting his water use in half and growing his profits, Muhammad was able to send his daughters back to school.
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Hero Stories: Muhammad
Water
The Issue

Sixty-eight percent of the water used for a pair of jeans comes from growing cotton.


Our Plan

Cotton from Better Cotton Initiative growers requires 14 percent less water than conventional cotton.

Climate
The Issue

Cotton cultivation represents 10 percent of carbon emissions across our total value chain.


Our Plan

Continue to move towards sourcing all our cotton from BCI growers, organic cotton farms and recycled cotton suppliers by 2020.

Chemicals
The Issue

Traditional cotton growing methods involve large quantities of fertilizer and pesticides.


Our Plan

Work with BCI to reduce fertilizer and pesticide use at the earliest stages of the supply chain and work through our own Screened Chemistry program to identify and remove harmful chemical compounds from our processes.

People
The Issue

Farmers often grow cotton on small plots of land while facing cost, resource and yield challenges that outdated practices cannot meet.


Our Plan

Work with BCI to help farmers meet the challenges they face by using less water and chemicals while achieving higher yields.

Partnerships for Progress
Better Cotton Initiative (BCI) - Creating Better Cotton

We were one of the first apparel companies to join the Better Cotton Initiative (BCI), which trains farmers to farm more efficiently, creating greater outputs (more cotton) with fewer inputs (water and chemicals), which means a smaller environmental footprint and better margins for them. We intend to source 100 percent of our cotton from BCI growers, organic cotton farms, or recycled cotton suppliers by 2020 (we were at 67 percent at the end of 2018). Learn more about BCI.

Cottonized Hemp

The Levi’s® Wellthread™ collaboration with Outerknown features Water<Less® techniques and a single fiber-cotton designed with a future state of closed loop recycling in mind. The 2019 collection features the first-ever commercialized use of “cottonized hemp,” which feels like cotton but uses far less water and land to grow. Learn more.

Evrnu

We’re partnering with Evrnu to develop denim made from recycled cotton, because jeans crafted with at least 15 percent recycled cotton can save as much water as the entire manufacturing process consumes. It’s a way to harvest cotton from closets rather than fields, and to dramatically reduce our reliance on water. Learn more.

Tencel

We are experimenting with Tencel, a fabric derived from sustainably sources wood. It has a significantly lower carbon footprint, uses 20 percent less water than cotton and affords a 99.5 closed loop system.

Goals
100%
Better Cotton, organic or recycled cotton by 2020
40%
Reduction in greenhouse gas emissions in the supply chain by 2025
0
Discharge of hazardous chemicals by 2020
200k
Implement Worker Well-being with all strategic suppliers, reaching 200,000 workers by 2020
Sustainability Policies & Commitments