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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. 

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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.

The U.S. Cotton Trust Protocol® Grower Enrollment Questionnaire

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The U.S. Cotton Trust Protocol® Cotton Principles and Criteria

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

How Growers Enroll in the Trust Protocol

It only takes 30-45 minutes for a grower to complete the self-assessment questionnaire and enroll as a grower participant in the U.S. Cotton Trust Protocol. This video walks through the questionnaire and gives examples of questions and answers.

Brief Overview of the Grower Enrollment Process

n order to become a U.S. Cotton Trust Protocol grower, producers need to complete the self-assessment questionnaire. The assessment will take 30-45 minutes and include questions about your farming practices. This video gives a sped-up overview of how to complete the enrollment process.

How to: Trust Protocol Participant Growers Completing the Field Assessment

This video shows a participant grower how to complete the field assessment after enrolling in the U.S. Cotton Trust Protocol. This allows the producer to unlock data to identify opportunities for continuous improvement.

Cotton Matters: How the Trust Protocol Allows for Full Transparency throughout the Supply Chain

The U.S. Cotton Trust Protocol allows for traceability from farm to laydown via the PBI and Credit system and transparency throughout the supply chain to finished product. Through a combination of a unique credit accounting system and the Permanent Bale Identification (PBI) system, The Trust Protocol helps ensure the commitments behind our cotton.

How Trust Protocol Growers Identify Opportunities for Continuous Improvement

The Trust Protocol allows participant growers to compare their sustainability performance against the Field to Market state and national benchmarks allowing for the demonstration of sustainability performance and resource use efficiency. After completing the survey and field assessment, growers will have access to Fieldprint data about sustainability measures and their farm. This video shows a step by step of how to use this platform.

Is Sustainability in Fashion?

In recent months, we’ve been hard at work with the Economist Intelligence Unit exploring a key question at the forefront of everyone’s mind in the fashion, retail and textiles industry – to what extent is sustainability a key focus for the industry, especially now given the impact of COVID-19?

It’s an important question and one that the Economist Intelligence Unit seeks to answer in its new report “Is Sustainability in Fashion?”, commissioned by the U.S. Cotton Trust Protocol.

Grower Membership Certificate

The Trust Protocol allows participant growers to compare their sustainability performance against the Field to Market state and national benchmarks allowing for the demonstration of sustainability performance and resource use efficiency. After completing the survey and field assessment, growers will have access to Fieldprint data about sustainability measures and their farm. This video shows a step by step of how to use this platform.

Merchants and Cooperatives Flyer

In recent months, we’ve been hard at work with the Economist Intelligence Unit exploring a key question at the forefront of everyone’s mind in the fashion, retail and textiles industry – to what extent is sustainability a key focus for the industry, especially now given the impact of COVID-19?

It’s an important question and one that the Economist Intelligence Unit seeks to answer in its new report “Is Sustainability in Fashion?”, commissioned by the U.S. Cotton Trust Protocol.

Industry Resources

View Comparing Conventional & Organic Cotton Production Document

Comparing Conventional & Organic Cotton Production

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

View Pesticides and Cotton Production Document

Pesticides and Cotton Production

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

View Water and Cotton Production Document

Water and Cotton Production

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

View Land Use & Cotton Production Document

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.

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

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.  

View LCA Update of Cotton Fiber and Fabric Life Cycle Inventory Document

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.

Harnessing Sustainability Insights & Unleashing Opportunity

Field To Market Sustainability Metrics Documentation

Field to Market in Focus: Sustainability Metrics 101

Grounded in science and focused on outcomes, the cornerstone of Field to Market’s program lies in the eight sustainability metrics embedded within the Fieldprint Platform. Designed to measure environmental outcomes from individual farm fields, these metrics are science-based tools that have been developed or adopted by Field to Market through the multi-stakeholder governance process over the past decade. Field to Market’s Metrics Committee, consisting of four elected members from each of the Alliance’s five membership sectors, review each metric at least once every three years.

Is Sustainability in Fashion?

In recent months, we’ve been hard at work with the Economist Intelligence Unit exploring a key question at the forefront of everyone’s mind in the fashion, retail and textiles industry – to what extent is sustainability a key focus for the industry, especially now given the impact of COVID-19?

It’s an important question and one that the Economist Intelligence Unit seeks to answer in its new report “Is Sustainability in Fashion?”, commissioned by the U.S. Cotton Trust Protocol.

(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.

View The Impact of Growing Cotton Document

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..