As we celebrate World Cotton Day, Cotton Outlook’s latest Special Feature highlights some of the new initiatives and technologies being implemented across the globe to improve the sustainability and efficiency of cotton production and processing. Readers will learn about projects targeting soil health in Australia, the development of waterless dyeing in China and the use of satellite technology to monitor cotton output in Africa. We also hear from the new Executive Director of the International Cotton Advisory Committee (ICAC), learn of the progress of Better Cotton’s operations in Egypt, take a look at the evolution of the wider market for commodities over the past three years or so, and consider the growing demand for cellulosic fibres as an alternative to cotton and petrochemical fibres.
In addition, Cotton Outlook’s new trade and markets reporter, Ruby McGrath, takes a close look at sustainable initiatives in the cotton industry, highlighting some of the innovative approaches being taken to reduce waste and improve environmental sustainability. Finally, Mike Edwards makes an urgent case for cotton as a natural fibre in a market that is increasingly focused on the environmental impact of the textiles industry.
We are delighted to highlight and support these efforts towards a more sustainable cotton industry. We wish all our readers a Happy World Cotton Day on October 7!
To view this special World Cotton Day issue, please click here.