The US Cotton Industry is committed to the task of providing our textile mill customers clean, unadulterated natural cotton fibers which leads to contamination free yarns, fabrics, and garments. In order to satisfy our customers needs, the National Cotton Council leads the U.S. industry in its battle against contamination in all forms. Much of that effort focuses on the first handler of the cotton fiber, the cotton growers and ginners.
The National Cotton Council has an extensive educational program to address all aspects of cotton fiber contamination problems. The Council publishes articles and sends press releases to the media reminding growers and ginners to maintain their vigilance and strive to eliminate contamination. Starting with the farmer who grows and harvests the cotton, educational pamphlets are part of the National Cotton Council’s recent efforts to educate growers about their role in preventing contamination. A new poster entitled "Cotton 100% natural Let’s keep it that way" was recently distributed across the U.S. Cotton Belt. Extensive educational material is also used at gin schools held at USDA Ginning Laboratories and other facilities across the U.S. cotton belt to train gin personnel to recognize and eliminate potential sources of contamination at their gin plants.
Complimenting these campaigns are efforts by the Member Service Representatives of the National Cotton who are in daily contacts with cotton producers and ginners. These representatives work with regional producer and ginner organizations making sure the message gets through that growers and ginners are the key to eliminating many contamination problems. Often these programs take the form of booths at trade shows attended by cotton growers and ginners. At these events textile goods ruined by lint contamination are exhibited. Photographs are displayed documenting contamination problems in fields and at harvest. As a result, growers and ginners are in a position to recognize the sources of contamination and take action to eliminate contaminants thus preserving their cottons’ quality.
At the same time, the Joint Cotton Industry Bale Packaging Committee (JCIBPC) has led the effort to prevent lint contamination. The JCIBPC seeks to provide our industry with bale wrapping and tying materials that protects the integrity of the cotton bale and minimizes the possibility of contamination once the bale leaves the gin yard. For example wire tie specifications require the use of rust inhibitors to protect lint from contamination. Also, polypropylene woven bagging materials must be laminated or strip laminated with coatings that prevent "fibrillation", a potential source of contamination at the textile mill.
These programs are all aimed to educated the U.S. cotton growers, ginners, and textile manufactures on the importance of contamination free products. It is another assurance that buyers of U.S. cotton products have that they are receiving are of the highest quality.