Introducing The U.S. Cotton Trust Protocol

You can depend on us for innovations in sustainability and rigorous fair labor practices.

In a period of ever greater supply chain scrutiny and a growing demand for transparency and traceability, The U.S. Cotton Trust Protocol sets a new standard for more sustainably grown cotton. Participating brands and retailers will gain access to U.S. cotton backed by year over year data to help them demonstrate their environmental credentials. Sign up now to help us drive continuous improvements in responsible growing.

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Sustainability: More Important Now Than Ever!

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Data delivered – unlocking visibility of cotton’s impacts

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Get groundbreaking sustainability insights in this report written with 150 industry leaders


Listen to the Smarter Conversations podcast to hear how U.S. cotton invests over $100 million per year in sustainability research.

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Meet the demand for sustainability with cotton grown to align with UN Sustainable Development Goals.


The new podcast, Smarter Conversations, gives you expert insights on sustainability.

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A new report from The Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU)

EIU’s new report, Is sustainability in fashion? Industry leaders share their views, sponsored by the U.S. Cotton Trust Protocol, draws on expert insights and observations of key decision-makers at leading brands about the sustainability challenges the fashion industry faces today, and examines how to change the industry for the better in the future.


The U.S. Cotton Trust Protocol makes it easy to verify the cotton you use.

U.S. cotton has always been an innovator in sustainability.

With new technologies, precision agriculture, and rigorous fair labor practices, U.S. cotton has led the way to a greener, kinder world for years.


This chart shows COTTON USA’s continuing commitment to the environment with 35 years of reduced environmental impact.

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Sustainability Goals

We’re setting our sustainability goals higher.

The U.S. cotton industry is building upon the strong environmental gains already achieved over the past 35 years. The aim is to help members meet their current needs while making the world a better place for future generations.

Specific goals include:

  • Reducing by 13 percent the amount of land needed to produce a pound of cotton fiber
  • Reducing soil loss by 50 percent, in balance with new soil formation
  • Increasing water use efficiency (more fiber per gallon) by 18 percent
  • Reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 39 percent
  • Increasing soil carbon in fields by 30 percent
  • Reducing energy to produce seed cotton and ginned lint by 15 percent

A new study proves U.S. cotton microfibers make a big difference for our waterways.

As industry concern over microplastics in our oceans grows, a new independent study proves cotton microfibers are the most environmentally friendly.

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Sustainability is the difference-maker for your brand.

Consumer concern for sustainability is on the rise. But a new study from Cotton Incorporated shows 91% of consumers believe that cotton and other natural fibers are safe for the environment, compared to just 45% for polyester. Setting your brand apart with a commitment to sustainable inputs could be the differentiator you need. And U.S. cotton is the key to getting started.

See how these stewards of the land use high tech for eco-friendly cotton.

Meet the Warren family. Father and sons who grow cotton sustainably in the same fields their family has cultivated for over 95 years. Their land is their home, which is just one reason they’re committed to using the most cutting edge technologies to reduce water and pesticide inputs. With moisture probes, high tech weather stations and heat mapping, the Warrens are leaving a smaller environmental footprint to make a better world for all of us.

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The Sustainable Cotton Consumers Demand

COTTON USA believes in producing cotton grown by producers committed to raising the bar for responsible farming methods and improving the environment for future generations.

Read the study to learn how COTTON USA can help your business promote a sustainable image and give your customers the products they desire.



Field To Market® is an innovative program that is working to meet the challenge of producing enough food, fiber and fuel for a rapidly growing population while conserving natural resources and improving the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. COTTON USA is a highly active participant in this initiative. Field to Market® created the Fieldprint® Calculator as a tool that growers use to measure the environmental impacts of crop production management practices and identify opportunities for improvement on their farms, field by field.


Cotton LEADS™ is a program that is committed to responsible cotton production and is founded on core principles that are consistent with sustainability, the use of best practices and traceability in the supply chain.

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