How has technology affected cotton's sustainability efforts?
Modern technology has resulted in tremendous gains in production efficiency. It has allowed almost two times more cotton to be produced today worldwide than in the 1960's, on essentially the same amount of land.
A recent article in Inform explores a little-known aspect of cotton with big potential --- the use of cotton as a protein-rich food source and a cooking oil.
Getting More Out of Cotton
A series of integrated cotton experiments at New Mexico State University strives to get more out of cotton and cotton byproducts. Glandless cottonseed, grown on campus, is being used as cooking oil in the school cafeteria, biodiesel for catering vehicles, flour for baked goods, and feed for farm-raised shrimp. See the video.
Cotton & Water: White, Blue, and Green
The cotton industry is making great strides in water-use efficiencies along the cotton textile supply chain. Many of these practices and technologies are detailed in a new video: "Cotton & Water: White, Blue and Green."
Cotton Life Cycle Inventory & Life Cycle Assessment
The cotton industry has recently completed a holistic and comprehensive project to collect data for a life cycle inventory and life cycle assessment of cotton fiber and fabric. Learn more about the methodology, findings, and uses of these data.
Cotton's Journey from Seed to Hundreds of Products
A comprehensive look at how cotton is grown, harvested, and processed into literally hundreds of products from apparel to feed and food is presented in a video from the University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture. Learn more about the advanced agricultural techniques and versatility of the U.S. cotton industry.
Sustainable Cotton Textile Preparation: Product Integrity
As a part of its ongoing efforts to keep the industry informed on sustainable textile processing topics, Cotton Incorporated presents a Webinar on issues and regulations that encourage accountability and transparency in textile manufacturing. The free webcast will cover such areas as:
• Improving understanding of regulatory bodies and how they influence individual businesses; and
• Navigating the ever-changing landscape of standards and regulations.