Responsible Cotton Manufacturing

Responsible Cotton Manufacturing

Sustainability concerns extend past cotton production to textile manufacturing.  Innovative technologies exist to improve the water, energy and chemical (WEC) footprint of cotton processing – in some cases resulting in improvements of up to 50%.  Achieving these WEC reductions may also offer promising economic returns and improved profitability.  Through research and investment, more technologies are being identified for continuous improvement within the global textile supply chain.

Cotton Life Cycle Assessment

From fiber sourcing to end product, stakeholders and consumers alike are demanding methods of measuring and reducing the environmental impact of textile products. Tools such as Life Cycle Inventories and Assessments can aid in environmental decision-making by identifying key impact areas and benchmarking success over time. The Cotton Foundation has completed the most comprehensive assessment of cotton product life cycles to date—The Life Cycle Inventory & Life Cycle Assessment of Cotton.

Cotton LEADS™ Program

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.  The program offers manufacturers, brands and retailers a reliable cotton supply chain solution and confidence that their raw material is responsibly produced and identified. The Cotton LEADS™ program strives to make sure cotton is produced responsibly now and for years to come.

For more information and how to become a partner, please visit: http://www.cottonleads.org/

26 Technologies to Reduce Your WEC Footprint

For over three decades, Cotton Incorporated has been at the forefront of facilitating innovations that help make textile manufacturing more efficient and effective. The “World of Ideas” presents 26 practical and effective technologies for reducing the WEC footprint in cotton textile processing, which is best achieved in fabric preparation, dyeing, and finishing processes.  Using these solutions, the cotton textile industry can reduce the WEC environmental footprint by at least 50%.

Recycling Water in Denim Manufacturing

Produce denim from recycled water and dye using the Vibratory Shear Enhanced Processing, or VSEP.  This filtration system cleans waste water using a vibrating membrane.  Rinse water from a denim mill can be cleaned by the system and then reused during processing.

Cool Transfer Printing on Cotton

Transfer printing on 100% cotton fabric has been a need in the industry for many years. COOLTRANS™ technology developed by NewTech Textile Company makes this possible. This transfer print technology occurs at ambient temperature and can be applied to 100% cotton fabrics.

Fashion and Innovation - Jeanologia

A collection of new, innovative, and stylish solutions for cotton knit and woven fabrics, including denim and athleisure apparel. Created with Jeanologia equipment, these interesting patterns and unique washes are more sustainable and demonstrate the versatility of cotton.

Innovative and Ecological Designs - Tonello

An inspirational collection created from innovative dye techniques using Tonello equipment highlights the capabilities of machinery to incorporate ecological practices into the production of fashionable cotton designs.

Technologies Certified as Biobased

USDA BioPreferred® is a United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) certification program that promotes the increased use and purchase of biobased products. Biobased products are intermediate materials and products that are composed in whole, or in significant part, of biological products, renewable agricultural materials or forestry materials.  The USDA certifies that Cotton Incorporated’s moisture management and water-repellent technologies are new, innovative and biobased.

Cotton Incorporated – Leaders in Sustainability

Pioneers of Progress illustrates how Cotton Incorporated has pursued environmental gains on behalf of the cotton industry since its establishment over forty years ago, and how that commitment continues today.  A key objective for the company is to identify innovations that could make cotton more profitable.  By reducing inputs, we also reduce costs associated with them and, at the same time, help reduce our environmental impact.

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