The U.S. Cotton Trust Protocol reveals what the cotton industry is doing to produce better fibers with less of an environmental impact. We are going to take a look at adjustments that have been made over the past 35 years to improve the environmental impact of cotton production in the US, and then we will review the 2025 targets for even further reductions that add to sustainability.
The following changes have taken place over the past 35 years to produce cotton with fewer natural resources.
- Land use – Cotton uses 31% less land per pound of fiber than it did 35 years ago.
- Soil loss – There has been a reduction in soil loss by 44% per acre. This is a net soil loss that takes into consideration new soil creation.
- Water usage – 82% less water is used in producing each pound of fabric.
- The energy consumed in producing a pound of cotton is down 38%
- Greenhouse gases produced to make cotton are down 30%
The goals for 2025 are to reduce water usage another 18%, energy use by 15%, land use by 13% and soil loss by 50%. Additional goals include increasing soil carbon by 30% and reducing greenhouse gases produced by 39%.
Making Better Fabrics with Sustainable Fibers
Venus is dedicated to the sustainable manufacturing of textiles, but that has to start at the source. So we use cotton that is produced with less resources so that the end product is better for the environment. To learn more about our processes, call 800.421.6599 or you can request a quote online.