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COTTON USA. Cotton for a greener, kinder world.

You can depend on us for innovations in sustainability and rigorous fair labor practices.

At COTTON USA, we produce sustainable and fairly grown cotton. Our family farmers own the land. Their fields have been in their families for generations—it’s in their own best interest to protect them for future generations. We have one of the highest rates of adoption in the world for Precision Agriculture, which encourages less water and pesticide usage. And U.S. farmers operate under voluminous, stringent, and enforceable regulations. Finally, COTTON USA has one of the most comprehensive systems for monitoring and measuring all the key metrics involved in sustainability. 

Sustainability

Precision Agriculture

Precision Agricultural Management refers to innovative technologies that use high tech measurement systems driven by computers to achieve high quality and yield with less water and chemicals.

The Most Regulated

COTTON USA is governed by a strict regulatory system. Environmental and workplace regulations are strictly enforced by federal and state agencies and the penalties for non-compliance are both civil and criminal. Farmers fill out extensive paperwork and are inspected by both state and federal officials. Our comprehensive system of sustainability measurement is at the forefront of the industry.

New Technologies

New technologies are the key drivers for precision agriculture. Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) technology allows us to “map” fields, so we know exactly where inputs are needed, and we can use small precise dosages of water or plant protection products. Computer driven moisture sensors improve water efficiency. We also employ “no tillage” techniques to preserve the soil.

Sustainability

U.S. COTTON FACTS

  • 2/3 of U.S. cotton land uses only rain water
  • Our water use efficiency has improved by 82% over the past 35 years 
  • Cotton is carbon footprint neutral, meaning the plants remove more greenhouse gasses than production produces

Sustainability Goals

We’re setting our sustainability goals higher.

The U.S. cotton industry is building upon the strong environmental gains already achieved over the past 35 years. The aim is to help members meet their current needs while making the world a better place for future generations.

Specific goals include:

  • Reducing by 13 percent the amount of land needed to produce a pound of cotton fiber
  • Reducing soil loss by 50 percent, in balance with new soil formation
  • Increasing water use efficiency (more fiber per gallon) by 18 percent
  • Reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 39 percent
  • Increasing soil carbon in fields by 30 percent
  • Reducing energy to produce seed cotton and ginned lint by 15 percent

See our recent opinion piece in Sourcing Journal.

Sustainability

This chart shows COTTON USA’s continuing commitment to the environment with 35 years of reduced environmental impact. 

WORKING TO SAVE THE WORLD. ONE FIELD AT A TIME.

FIELD TO MARKET® INITIATIVE

Field To Market® is an innovative program that is working to meet the challenge of producing enough food, fiber and fuel for a rapidly growing population while conserving natural resources and improving the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. COTTON USA is a highly active participant in this initiative. Field to Market® created the Fieldprint® Calculator as a tool that growers use to measure the environmental impacts of crop production management practices and identify opportunities for improvement on their farms, field by field.

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COTTON LEADS™

Cotton LEADS™ is a program that is committed to responsible cotton production and is founded on core principles that are consistent with sustainability, the use of best practices and traceability in the supply chain. 

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Sustainability

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