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Newest edition of the review asks: How well do you know your cottons?

It's almost certain that even many cotton professionals don't know all of the various 'identity cottons' that are for sale around the world, and that's understandable because there are a lot of them. To try to clear things up, the current issue of 'Cotton: Review of the World Situation' takes a look at some of the major players.

Executive Summary

Highlights from the current issue of the ‘Review’ include:

An update of the current cotton market

A wide-ranging look at the many types of branded sustainable cotton programmes from around the world: Argentina; Australia; BASF; Brazil; China; Cotton made in Africa; CottonConnect; Textile Exchange; and the USA

Many of them are branded and promoted by the countries producing the fibre:

  • Africa's Cotton made in Africa,
  • Argentina's Responsible Cotton,
  • Australia's myBMP,
  • Brazil's Responsible Cotton,
  • China's Sustainable Development, and
  • The USA's Cotton Trust Protocol.

The others are championed by businesses (BASF's e3; the CottonConnect programme) and nonprofits (Textile Exchange's Climate+ Strategy).

Although cotton is a natural fibre and inherently more sustainable than synthetic fibres like polyester, the ICAC estimates that only about 30% of the cotton fibre produced in the world is done so under sustainable conditions, so the efforts of these countries and organisations are going a long way toward addressing one of cotton's greatest challenges.

The opening article, 'A Rare Period of Stability in an Up-and-Down Year', highlights how a crazy, unpredictable season came to a quiet and steady close, with little changed in the final two months of the 2021/22 season.

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