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Fight against forced labor drives up organic cotton prices

In the coming months, the retail trade will observe how honest consumers’ loyalty to organic textiles is. The allegations of forced labor against Chinese cotton producers from Xinjiang are partly responsible for the fact that the industry will demand significantly higher cotton prices for shirts and trousers from sustainable production in the foreseeable future. Price increases of up to 30 percent seem realistic for the coming year at the latest. So far, only organic production has been affected, as demand there can no longer be met – also because more and more buyers are avoiding cotton products from the Autonomous Region in northwest China for ethical reasons.

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