Trims and packaging solutions specialist Trimco Group is investing in and supporting the production of regenerative cotton through a partnership with Raddis System, a supply chain network that promotes climate-smart rain-fed regenerative cotton in India.
With offices in India, Australia and The Netherlands, Raddis System empowers brands including Hugo Boss and Bedstraw + Madder to “enhance their impact within their own value chains” while providing farmers with a dedicated buyer for an extended period, ensuring stability and sustainability.
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Trimco’s partnership comes in response to the latest U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) which calls for immediate action on sustainability and climate change. Its action highlights the company’s commitment to drive positive change for the environment by supporting the kind of regenerative farming that revives landscapes through crop rotation, among many other Raddis Cotton suggested guidelines.
Trimco hopes its partnership with Raddis will empower both entities by documenting the process, supporting farmers, and reducing the cost of expensive and questionable audits.
“We are thrilled to join forces with RaddisCotton, a company that shares and supports our values and commitment to sustainability,” said Camilla Mjelde, Trimco Group’s sustainability director. “This collaboration will enable us to go beyond the expected in our efforts to protect the environment by turning towards regenerative cotton, supporting both sustainable sources for the process of cotton for trims as well as contributing to improving the life of the farmers driving this change.”
Niccy Col, impact catalyst at Raddis, welcomed the partnership with Trimco. “Our collaboration model not only empowers Trimco Group to enhance their impact within their own value chains but provides farmers with a dedicated buyer for an extended period,” she said. “This ensures stability and sustainability.”
Demand for organic cotton continues to mount, although currently the fiber represents only 1 percent of total yield globally.
It is Raddis System’s plan to address that with the conversion of 25,000 acres of cotton from degenerative mono-crop agriculture to rain-fed regenerative organic methods. This will increase water retention by up to 30 percent, and increase biodiversity by 100 percent while removing elevated levels of toxic pesticides, synthetic fertilizers, and carbon and CO2 from the atmosphere and the soil. It will further eliminate GMOs from 25,000 acres, which will increase the quality of the yield while lessening the cost of cultivation for farmers yet increasing premiums.