Our Focus on Sustaining the Environment
While cotton is a beloved fabric, it is also one of the most environmentally damaging materials to produce. At Nordstrom, we considered this dilemma as we developed our social responsibility strategy around sustaining the environment. Organic cotton development was an obvious choice when considering all of the ways we could make an impact and difference, given it connects directly to our business.
Limiting pesticides and fertilizer
Cotton accounts for only 3% of the world's agricultural crops, yet it requires more pesticides—25% of all agrochemicals used on the planet—than any other single crop to grow. By using organic cotton, we help to reduce chemical pesticide and fertilizer use. This has helped limit exposure to harmful chemicals for the farmers involved in growing organic cotton.
Working with others
As we continue to increase the amount of organic cotton in our merchandise, we want to support the organic-cotton-growing community. We now support organizations like the Textile Exchange (formerly the Organic Exchange) which provides aid and education to organic-cotton farmers, while working to increase the global market for sustainable fibers including organic-cotton, bio-based and recycled fibers. One of the goals of this organization is to help farmers create a long-term, sustainable program that influences trade, builds strong communities, provides sustainable training, and enriches the lives of cotton-growing farmers. Learn more about the Textile Exchange.
In our merchandise
We use organic cotton as a standard raw material in much of our Nordstrom private-label merchandise. The "Eco-Conscious Style" sections of Nordstrom.com feature merchandise made with organic cotton and other environmentally friendly elements.