Resources

Cotton Sustainability reports and brochures

The U.S. Cotton Trust Protocol

The U.S. Cotton Trust Protocol is setting a new standard for more sustainably grown cotton so that you can trust in a smarter cotton future. The U.S. Cotton Trust Protocol is working to help brands, retailers and cotton growers meet their sustainability commitments and goals so that you can #TrustUSCotton.

Continuous Improvement with the U.S. Cotton Trust Protocol

You can’t improve what you don’t measure! The U.S. Cotton Trust Protocol tracks and measures the sustainability efforts and practices of U.S. cotton growers so that growers can learn more and continuously improve. The Protocol is proud to provide data to support progress towards sustainability goals. 

About the U.S. Cotton Trust Protocol

In a period of ever greater supply chain scrutiny and a growing demand for transparency and traceability, The U.S. Cotton Trust Protocol sets a new standard for more sustainably grown cotton.

Smarter Conversations: the Future of Cotton Podcast

The U.S. Cotton Trust Protocol is part of a wider landscape of sustainable cotton and textile conversations. To help our audience understand how the Trust Protocol fits in to the broader context, we have launched our own monthly podcast series. 

35 Years of Continuous Improvements

Over the next 35 years, our goal is to reduce soil loss, water usage, and GHG while increasing land use efficiency and soil carbon.

10 Year Sustainability Goals

2025 U.S. national goals are to reduce soil loss, water usage, and GHG while increasing land use efficiency and soil carbon.

Industry Resources

Comparing Conventional & Organic Cotton Production

The similarities and differences between organic and conventional cotton production systems.

Pesticides and Cotton Production

The facts and figures related to pesticide use in cotton prodution.

Water and Cotton Production

The latest facts and figures on water used for cotton production.

Land Use & Cotton Production

The lastest facts and figures about land use and cotton production.

U.S. Cotton Trust Protocol Fact Sheet

An overview of an exciting new tool for the global cotton supply chain.

U.S. Cotton Ten-Year Sustainability Goals

Six science-based sustainability goals the U.S. cotton industry aims to achieve by 2025.

2016 Life Cycle Inventory & Life Cycle Assessment of Cotton Fiber & Fabric

The latest global snapshot of data relating to the environmental impact of the production, manufacturing, consumer use and disposal of select cotton apparel.  

2016 Life Cycle Inventory & Life Cycle Assessment of Cotton Fiber & Fabric – Full Report

Read a highly technical and detailed account of the environmental benchmarking tool.

(2010) The Life Cycle Inventory and Life Cycle Assessment of Cotton Fiber & Fabric

Read a brief overview of the expansive environmental benchmarking tool for cotton fabric and fiber.

(2010) The Life Cycle Inventory and Life Cycle Assessment of Cotton Fiber & Fabric—Full Report

Read a highly technical and detailed account of the environmental benchmarking tool.

(2010) The Life Cycle Inventory and Life Cycle Assessment of Cotton Fiber & Fabric—Executive Summary

Read a detailed summary of the environmental benchmarking project for a deeper understanding.

U.S. Cotton 10-Year Goals (Pathways to Progress)

U.S. cotton producers and industry organizations are setting new environmental targets to keep pushing the frontier of sustainability and leading the worldwide effort in responsible cotton production.  

Refuting “Alternative Facts” About Cotton

Everything you’ve heard about Cotton is wrong.

The Cotton Life Cycle Environmental Footprint

The Impact of Growing Cotton to the Garment Life Cycle.  

Pioneers of Progress

Pioneers Of Progress is a new publication from Cotton Incorporated that chronicles the company’s historic and ongoing commitment to environmental gains.

A World of Ideas

A World of Ideas: Technologies for Sustainable Cotton Manufacturing is a guide from Cotton Incorporated that presents 26 technologies or processes that enable substantial reductions in the use of water, energy and chemicals (WEC) in cotton textile processing..