Circularity of Cotton

Cotton – Naturally Circular.

 

Cotton can be reused, recycled**, and returned∞ to the earth. Explore these three intersecting paths of cotton’s circular lifecycle and start envisioning your opportunities.

Circular Lifecycle of Cotton

Choose a product pathway to explore the many ways you can close the loop with cotton.

Grown from Earth

Cotton is a natural fiber – grown from sunlight, water and earth – that stores carbon dioxide the plant has absorbed from the atmosphere. *Through the open exchange of best practices and extensive research, cotton producers continuously improve their stewardship of the land and natural resources.

The U.S. cotton industry has set meaningful 10-year goals to guide scientifically sound, national-scale improvement over time.

Learn more about industry goals for sustainable cotton production.
*Cotton Incorporated (2017). LCA update of cotton fiber and fabric life cycle inventory. http://resource.cottoninc.com/LCA/2016-LCA-Full-Report-Update.pdf

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COTTON’S CIRCULAR LIFECYCLE

 

Grow your opportunities to advance the circular economy.

 

You know cotton as comfortable, durable, and incredibly versatile — a natural fiber you can use in products as wide-ranging as shirts, sheets, wet wipes, and 3D printed buttons.

 

Cotton can also be reused, recycled**, and returned∞ to the earth. So whatever product you make, there’s a circular path ahead when you make it with cotton.

 

Download our Cotton’s Circular Lifecycle brochure.

** Cotton products are recyclable only in a few communities that have appropriate recycling facilities.
∞ In composting tests, cotton fabric samples underwent a weight loss of approximately 50-77% after 90 days in a composting facility.
Li, Lili; Frey, Margaret; Browning, Kristie (2010). Biodegradability study on cotton and polyester fabrics. Journal of Engineered Fiber and Fabrics,
5(4), 42–53.
* Cotton Incorporated (2017). LCA Update of cotton fiber and fabric life cycle inventory
Research conducted with North Carolina State University (2018)
± Blue Jeans Go Green™ (2020)
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