Cotton: IDH India

Cotton from India

The true price of a certified cotton from India is € 2,90, which is lower than conventional cotton. Conventional cotton has a true price of € 4,20 per kilo of cotton seeds.

We also calculated the true price of a t-shirt is € 22,30, which includes €15,00 for the average retail price of a t-shirt and € 7,30 for the external costs.


Location: India
Year: 2016
Description: True Price executed an extensive impact measurement and valuation project for cotton from India, a value chain where IDH executes sustainability programs. The study compared the social and environmental costs of conventional vs. certified production. The study attributed impacts on farm and retail level.


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