The production facility for our ALMA bed linen is located in India. It is part of a cooperative that - through investment programs - provides small farmers improved development opportunities and market access under ecological production standards.
This was initiated in 2004 to promote the reduction of pesticides and a fair value chain among smallholder farmers. The cooperative works with about 25,000 farmers in the states of Odisha, Andhra Pradesh and Maharashtra, where more than 90 per cent of the small farmers have to secure their livelihood on only a few hectares in traditional cultivation of rain-fed fields.
The cooperative therefore supports these family businesses in their transition to higher-quality organic products. It reduces their production costs by networking the micro-enterprises into clusters and educational initiatives.
This more sustainable and profitable cultivation of best quality cotton protects the existence of smallholder farms on the one hand and, on the other, gives farmers and their communities better access to higher-quality products and food, a health care system and school education.
Our ALMA production partner in India is the only one who has gone the elaborate way of the complete certification and thus ensures a fair and ecologically sustainable production chain.