Cotton is among the most popular natural fibers today, and helps meet the global demand for textile fiber and a wide range of other products.
Numerous scientific advances related to the growing and processing of cotton, and the manufacturing of cotton products over the past 40 years, has enabled the cotton industry to reduce its environmental impacts. Scientists and researchers across the supply chain are continuing to evolve the ways cotton is grown and manufactured, with an eye towards efficiency and environmental responsibility. Over the coming years the world can expect to see additional environmental gains from cotton and new uses for the cotton plant. Together, these advances will continue to play a role in serving the world's growing population and respecting the environment.
Cotton Incorporated, on behalf of the global cotton industry, appreciates the gravity of the challenges posed by population growth and climate change, and the responsibilities these challenges entail. We take pride in the fact that cotton serves as a living example of how positive environmental change and increased productivity coexist in an industry that helps drive economic development around the world.
To advance an environmentally responsible future, the cotton industry is continuing to develop and implement new technologies and methods of cotton production and manufacturing, and developing new uses for the cotton plant to current needs for productivity and profit, without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.
The cotton industry envisions a future where environmentally responsible production and manufacturing will thrive along with the businesses that depend on cotton as a source of income.
Cotton Incorporated routinely partners with other organizations in the industry, which mark an opportunity to collaborate on research, as well as to share Cotton Incorporated’s expertise on cotton and sustainability methodologies. Find out more about these organizations.