Cotton LEADS

Sustainability Resources
United States

  • Cotton Resources
    Cotton LEADS Annual Report 2017


    Cotton LEADS partners and founding organizations work collectively to increase sustainability awareness and change throughout the cotton supply chain. Over 500 partners join the program and the journey towards continuous improvement.

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    U.S. Cotton Ten Year Sustainability Goals


    Commitment and innovation define U.S. cotton production. For the next decade and beyond, U.S. cotton producers and industry organizations are setting new environmental targets to keep pushing the frontier of sustainability and leading the worldwide effort in responsible cotton production. The target areas and goals were established using science-based evaluations, including key performance indicators (KPIs) for producing each pound of cotton and pathways to achieve them.

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    Cotton LEADS℠ Partners by Country


    Cotton LEADS partners include 692 manufacturers, brands and retailers who recognize the need to advance the supply and use of responsibly produced cotton through international and national efforts. These partners commit to the five core principles of the program and support the use of cottons from the Cotton LEADS program in their supply chains.

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    A World of Ideas: Technologies for Sustainable Cotton Textile Manufacturing – Volume II


    In 2009, Cotton Incorporated published A World of Ideas: Technologies for Sustainable Cotton Textile Manufacturing, which identified practical and effective technologies for reducing the the use of water, energy, and chemicals (WEC) in cotton textile processing. This booklet updates and adds to our list of proven commercial technologies that can help reduce the WEC footprint in textile manufacturing.

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    The Life Cycle Inventory and Life Cycle Assessment of Cotton Fiber and Fabric – 2016


    An up-to-date, cradle-to-grave examination of cotton’s environmental impacts directs our efforts and helps our partners better understand their environmental footprint.

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    Cotton LEADS Annual Report 2016


    Partners and founding organizations share how they are leading the way in responsible production and operations through the sharing of best practices.

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    2015 Cotton Natural Resource Survey


    In order to better understand the challenges that U.S. cotton growers face and to develop technologies to address those challenges, the U.S. cotton industry conducted the Natural Resource Survey (NRS). U.S. cotton producers were surveyed to assess cotton’s impact on the environment, providing an effective means to understand farm inputs, production trends and grower concerns.

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    Cotton LEADS Annual Report 2015


    Founding organizations complete the Natural Resource Survey and make significant improvements in water efficiency.

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    Cotton LEADS Annual Report 2014


    The 2014 Cotton LEADS program Annual Report outlines the work of the program in its first year as well as future commitments to responsible cotton across cotton producing countries.

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    The Life Cycle Inventory and Life Cycle Assessment of Cotton Fiber and Fabric – 2012


    A cradle-to-grave examination of cotton’s environmental impacts directs our efforts and helps our partners better understand their environmental footprint.

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