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Sustainable Organic Cotton Production Continues to Grow Globally

According to the latest data, sustainable organic cotton production has increased by 31% in the 2018/19 harvest year and by about 10% in 2020.


1. Growth of factories certified by global organic cotton textile standards

According to the report "Organic Cotton Market in 2020" by the Textile Exchange, 2019 is the second bumper year in the history of organic cotton, second only to 2009/10. During 2018-2019, the number of factories that voluntarily passed the standard certification of organic cotton textiles increased significantly; the organic content standard was reduced by 48%, and the Global Organic Cotton Textile Standard (GOTS) was reduced by 35%.


Although the number of countries where sustainable organic cotton grows remains unchanged in 2019, the list of growers has changed slightly. Senegal temporarily withdrew from certification, and Pakistan joined the ranks of certified organic cotton for the first time in 2018/19. Although Tanzania ranks sixth, slightly ahead of the United States, the seven countries with the highest sustainable organic cotton production remain unchanged.


According to the survey report, 97% of the world's sustainable organic cotton comes from seven countries: India (51%), China (17%), Kyrgyzstan (10%), Turkey (10%), Tajikistan (5%), Tanzania (2%) and the United States (2%).


2. Challenges facing sustainable organic cotton cultivation

Larrea Pepper, general manager of the Textile Exchange, said: As an industry, we need to cross the threshold, minimize the harm, and maximize the positive impact. This means increasing investment in soil construction, ecosystems and biodiversity. We need to truly accept and support regeneration practices in order to realize the promise of changing the world.


The textile exchange report pointed out that this period of time in the future will undoubtedly expose the challenges faced by enterprises, and this is no exception for cotton farmers, because unpredictability will affect the next sustainable organic cotton growth cycle. Because we aspire to "climate action" and "the other 16 UN Sustainable Development Goals", it is necessary to increase transparency and share risks and rewards in the future. Communication, trust and commitment are very important.