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.
Over the last 40 years, the company’s Agricultural & Environmental Research Division has laid the groundwork for improving grower efficiency — from reducing pesticide applications and soil erosion, to incorporating new irrigation systems and strategies.
Learn how Cotton Incorporated is at the forefront of innovations that help make textile manufacturing more efficient and effective.
Cotton by-products are in everything from ice cream to wall paper, from hot dog casings to baseballs—not to mention lots of things we use at home, like cotton swabs, wipes, and even disposable diapers.
Since Cotton Incorporated was founded more than 40 years ago, the cotton industry has made significant environmental gains. These gains are often expedited by working with other organizations, which create opportunities for collaborative research, and to share the in-house expertise of Cotton Incorporated for the collective good.