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  • Committed to continue: Country Road backs farmers to replant trees lost in flood

    A flood would eventually break the drought covering much of Australia’s agricultural land, but unfortunately thousands of native trees along the Namoi River weren't established enough.

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  • Top crop: new season Australia cotton is hitting the market

    Despite wet weather delaying picking across much of Australia, this season’s bumper crop will produce enough fibre to clothe half a billion people. Want to see how cotton is ginned? Watch the video

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  • Ground breaking trial returning cotton textile waste to cotton fields shows promising results

    Project collaborators are confident that with a solid business plan and more research, returning shredded cotton products to cotton fields could soon offer benefits to soil health, and a scalable solu

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  • Australian cotton and soil scientist takes ‘Soil your Undies’ project to West Africa

    An Australian soil scientist is helping improve West African farming operations with a unique study involving underwear that started on home soil.

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  • Finalists announced for Cotton’s highest awards in 2022

    Finalists for this years 2022 industry awards have been announced by Cotton Australia, with winners to be revealed at this year's Cotton Conference in August.

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  • Australian cotton industry highlighted on global stage at Better Cotton conference

    Brands and industry experts from across the globe have heard why Australian cotton is a premium natural, sustainable fibre at the recent Better Cotton conference.

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  • Brands, retailers encouraged to attend National Clothing Product Stewardship Scheme second town hall meeting

    Leading Australian enterprises are developing a plan to deal with clothing circularity, and brands and retailers are invited to join a town hall. Find out more about the upcoming event here.

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  • Cotton farmers restore riparian zones with amazing results

    Farmers on the Darling Downs have been restoring 150 hectares of riparian grasslands along the local creek, initially to control feral pigs, but to their surprise, the project has had greater positive

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  • Australian cotton industry update on Sustainability

    Setting targets, best management practices and dedication to improving the natural environment are all contributing factors to ensuring sustainability in the Australian cotton industry. Here’s some

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  • New environmentally friendly spray developed to combat notorious cotton pest

    Researchers have developed an environmentally friendly method for controlling one of agriculture's most vicious pests that’s known for degrading cotton lint quality.

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  • Marathon runner praises Australian cotton industry’s water use efficiency

    Marathon runner Mina Guli will compete 200 marathons in one year, raising awareness about the global water crisis. Her outback Australian leg has taken her through the cotton fields in NSW. Watch the

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  • Brands, retailers and industry join forces to tackle national clothing circularity plan

    Cotton Australia has joined fashion stewards from across the nation to help develop a pathway to Australia’s clothing circularity by 2030.

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  • FREE WEBINAR: Join Australian Cotton experts as they unpack the latest industry sustainability findings

    Australian cotton industry experts will detail the latest findings from the 2020/2021 sustainability report during a free webinar open to all.

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  • Australian Cotton Conference returns to the Gold Coast after a four-year hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

    The conference isn’t just a place for farmers and industry experts - brands, retailers and anyone working with Australian cotton will have the opportunity to learn and ask questions about this thriv

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  • New cotton sustainability report highlights improvements in soil health, greenhouse gas emissions

    Each year the Australian cotton industry undertakes an analysis on key indicators and targets that make up the PLANET. PEOPLE. PADDOCK. Sustainability Framework. Here’s the latest report:

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  • Only One Earth: Why a healthy environment is an important cotton farming asset

    This World Environment Day, we look at how far the Australian cotton industry has come in caring for nature and look to the future of sustainable cotton farming.

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  • Brands and retailers get boots muddy at Camp Cotton Farm Tour 2022

    Fashion brands have gained a first-hand experience seeing cotton in the field, many for the first time.

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  • Cotton Australia launches inaugural podcast straight from the farmers

    For the first time, Australian podcast fans will share the sometimes-visceral journey of cotton farmers, and the challenges and opportunities they face out on the land.

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  • Farmers share why worker safety is paramount on Australian cotton farms

    At Rimanui Farms in Moree, New South Wales, additional company policies – particularly surrounding the safe use of machinery – are a necessary addition.

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  • High-end fashion designer showcases Australian cotton collection in the field

    Gold Coast fashion designer Emma Bond has taken her collection back to where it started in the cotton fields, for an exciting virtual runway project.

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  • Why sleeping in cotton sheets and pyjamas will improve your quality of sleep

    Many people translate a good nights sleep to a comfy mattress and suitable pillow, but research shows what you wear to bed, and the sheets you sleep in have a huge impact on quality shut eye.

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  • Tricky weeds targeted with precision spraying technology

    Cotton farmers are all for efficiency and reducing chemical use, which is why an infrared precision spray unit has become a valuable asset to a Queensland farming operation.

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  • Major Funding Boost for Cotton Australia’s Export Market Program

    Cotton Australia will further develop its market access strategies across the globe, thanks to significant funding from the Australian government.

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  • Quality Australian Cotton Gains Further Global Support

    The demand for sustainable Australian cotton is growing, with Japanese business Kamakura Shirts launching its first Aussie Cotton garments.

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  • REPLAY: Farmers and experts highlight the importance of biodiversity in cotton farming

    Beneficial insects, birds and bats all play a vital role in producing a sustainably-grown cotton crop. That’s why farmers are prioritising biodiversity projects. Learn more about why biodiversity is

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  • International Women’s Day: innovative cotton women at the forefront of industry’s future

    From the ground up, women are involved in every aspect of the cotton industry, and they’re doing a great job too. This International Women’s Day, we highlight some of the inspirational and forward

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  • ‘The plane doesn’t care what gender you are’: Ag pilot takes to the skies

    There are still several new clients that are surprised to see Evelyn in the pilot’s seat, but for the most part, they’re supportive and encouraging of a woman in what's traditionally been a man’

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  • RESEARCH, SCIENCES ENCOURAGES NEW WOMEN INTO COTTON

    You don’t need to have grown up on a farm to be involved in the cotton industry, and gender doesn’t matter, says Cotton Seed Distributors' Larissa Holland.

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  • Australia’s cotton industry is bright with future leaders

    The Australian cotton industry's future is bright with 15 emerging leaders selected for this year's leadership program. One of them is Kim Byrnes, a cotton farmer from Moree, New South Wales.

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  • New cotton whitening process proves to be eco-friendly and better for cotton

    Australian researchers are working on a new whitening process for greige (uncoloured, undyed cotton) that’s more eco-friendly and safer for human health.

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  • Children’s brand Cotton On Kids Becomes Newest Brand Partner for Cotton Australia

    A new partnership between Cotton Australia and Cotton On Kids will launch with more than four million items of children’s clothing made from locally grown Australian cotton in February.

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  • Online cotton fabric sample collection helps     cut unnecessary landfill from fashion industry

    An online cotton fabric collection is cutting waste – and storage space - while providing manufactures with the latest cotton designs.

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  • Australian women in cotton highlighted in a special edition of global publication “The Recorder”

    Twenty women from across the globe have been identified as leaders in the cotton industry – and two are from Australia.

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  • REGISTER NOW: limited places available for Cotton Australia Biodiversity Webinar

    Registration is now open for Cotton Australia’s free webinar “Farming with Nature: Why Biodiversity Matters”. Be quick to register, as there are limited places available.

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  • Best and Less launches new Aussie cotton tees in time for Australia Day

    This exciting new Australian Cotton t-shirt is just the first for major brand Best and Less.

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  • New toolkit helps promote sustainably sourced cotton for Cotton LEADS brand partners

    Sustainable cotton, smart sourcing decisions – this Cotton LEADS partner toolkit has all the resources to help brands better market their partnership and use of sustainable cotton.

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  • Sell out: ELK the Label shares Australian Cotton t-shirt success

    Quality and sustainability have been linked to the success of a Melbourne brand’s first Australian cotton garment.

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  • How south east Queensland’s poop became yield-boosting fertiliser

    Farmers on the Darling Downs have reported an increase in yield and a reduction in the required amount of synthetic fertiliser after spreading human effluent ‘biosolids’.

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  • MyBMP Grower: Queensland farmer details benefits of adopting best management practices

    Growing sustainable cotton not only benefits the environment, but it provides a future for families. Here’s why Andrew French chooses to farm with myBMP practices.

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  • Cotton industry appoints independent expert to reassess environmental performance

    An independent expert will conduct an in-depth assessment of the cotton industry's environmental performance. Here's the details:

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  • Free Webinar: Every Drop Counts now available for viewing

    Catch the replay of Cotton Australia’s webinar Every Drop Counts, right here.

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  • Vegetable growers add cotton to summer crop rotation

    Cauliflower growers in Queensland’s Lockyer Valley are trialling cotton for the first time following a tough season of harvest worker shortages

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  • Cotton tampon entrepreneur launches natural feminine hygiene product

    After learning most tampons were made with synthetic fibres, Down Under Cotton was on a mission to find not only a more sustainable but healthier solution.

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  • Summer rain arrival too late for drought declared cotton farmer

    After years of drought, central Queensland cotton farmers have welcomed generous rain, but for some, it’s too late for this season’s crops.

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  • Brands, Retailers Help Set Direction for Australian Cotton Future Sustainability Work

    To better understand stakeholder expectations the Australian cotton industry has developed a formal Sustainability Reference Group.

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  • Water, soil testing enhances environmental sustainability for Central Queensland farm

    With 16 per cent of the farm classes as natural biodiversity, these Central Highlands cotton growers wanted to make sure they were caring for the environment around them.

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  • Fill your stockings with Australian Cotton this Christmas

    Stuck for gift ideas this Christmas? Why not support the brands supporting us by buying some Aussie cotton to put under the tree this year.

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  • Webinar Two: Everything you need to know about water in the cotton industry

    Join us for the second instalment in the webinar series There’s Nothing Conventional About Australian Cotton.

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  • Best in Field: Environmental scientist Stacey Vogel discusses farm Biodiversity

    Environmental scientist Stacey Vogel knew to make an impact in the agricultural world, she needed to be working alongside the farmers. This is her story.

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  • Blockchain app showcases hands involved in Aussie cotton garment creation for European fashion

    A simple scan and click is showing consumers exactly whose hands were involved in creating their clothing, starting with the cotton grown by Australian farmers.

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  • Cotton planting underway for new growers in the Lockyer Valley

    Farmers in the Lockyer Valley are adding cotton to their vegetable farming rotations this season, with weather conditions opening the planting window

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  • One Year On: Projects Have Improved Biodiversity in Australian Cotton Landscapes

    Over the last 12 months a unique partnership between Landcare Australia, Country Road and the cotton industry has resulted in 34 hectares of biodiversity improvements, including the planting of native

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  • Irrigators forgo harvesting water to improve positive environment outcomes

    Cotton farmers will lose one third of water they would normally harvest during a flood event to ensure more water goes downstream for the environment.

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  • The Seed that Packs A Punch Available for Viewing Now

    If you missed the first webinar in the series There’s Nothing Conventional About Australian Cotton, Watch the replay of here.

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  • SHORT VIDEO: Cotton farmer water allocations explained

    There's no wasting water on Australian cotton farms - every drop counts. Watch our new video that explains water stewardship and allocations here:

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  • Register now: Webinar series to unpack cotton from seeding to loved garment

    Industry experts are lined up to discuss everything cotton in a six series webinar. Register to sit in on this free event here:

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  • World Cotton Day: a day to celebrate the world’s best natural fibre

    Brands and retailers from across the globe are looking towards Australia's sustainably-produced cotton. Find out why here:

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  • Different name, same objective for Better Cotton program

    The largest cotton sustainability program in the world has changed its name - but the core focus remains the same.

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  • Natural disasters, global pandemic creates demand for Australian-made clothing

    We love this new video from Country Road showing the journey of locally grown Australian cotton made into a men’s t-shirt, right here on home soil.

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  • How Darling Downs farmer uses new irrigation technique to save water, increase yield

    With tight water allocations, Australian cotton farmers are always looking for innovative ways to reduce water usage while producing a plentiful and rewarding crop. Here is Howard Rother's story

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  • What the bunch: Farmers find niche market for small business

    The project growing cotton for the wholesale florist industry started as a side gig to the Sydney corporate lifestyle, but it's since turned into a full time job for a Darling Downs couple.

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  • Central Highlands fields to shine on global fashion stage

    From the fields in central Queensland to London's premier screen - Australian Cotton is taking on the world at this year's London Fashion Film Festival. Watch the video here:

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  • Aussie Cotton Season kicks off in Central Queensland

    With a bumper crop predicted, this year's cotton production is expected to clothe more than one billion people.

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  • Cotton Australia Supports Ethical Clothing Australia Week

    Cotton Australia is getting behind the work of an important organisation that's protecting garment workers' rights in Australia. Watch the video here:

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  • Second Cotton Biodiversity Project Site Launched, with Country Road and Landcare Partnership

    The Watson family near Boggabilla NSW has long been credited for its biodiversity work, led by award winning landcarer, Robyn.

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  • World Water Week Video from the Better Cotton Initiative

    Cotton Australia CEO Adam Kay and Queensland cotton grower Howard Rother share stories of water use efficiency in the Australian industry on this World Water Week video for the Better Cotton.

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  • Country Road Homewares Made From Aussie Cotton Fly Off the Shelves

    So popular has been a new range of Australian cotton homewares from Country Road that some products have sold out just weeks after launch.

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  • Willow and Claude Film That Follows Cotton Journey Launched

    A unique partnership between a vegan fashion designer, Cotton Australia and cotton farmer this week culminated in the launch of a film that followed the journey of cotton from farm to finished product

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  • Tree Planting Continues On Kahl’s Farm as Part of the Country Road, Landcare Australia and Cotton Industry Biodiversity Project

    A second round of revegetation has been completed as part of the Country Road/Landcare Australia Biodiversity project, funded by the sale of 100% Australian cotton heritage sweats.

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  • ELK The Label Launches Aussie Cotton Tee

    Ethical Australian fashion brand, ELK the Label has launched its first Australian cotton product, a printed tee, with plans to switch more proudcts in future.

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  • Cotton Australia Joins Textile Waste Round Table

    Cotton Australia recently participated in a textile waste round table at Parliament House in Canberra, hosted by Federal Environment Minister Susan Ley.

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  • Cotton Australia Joins Global Organisation Promoting Sustainable Fibres

    Cotton Australia has become a member of Textile Exchange, an organisation that coordinates a network of brands, retailers and other organisations working towards sustainable fashion and textiles.

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  • Ground Breaking Trial Returning Cotton Textile Waste to Cotton Fields Launched in Goondiwindi, Queensland

    A cotton farm just outside the rural town of Goondiwindi, Queensland, is the site of a ground-breaking trial to test if shredded cotton products offers benefits to cotton soil health, textile waste.

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  • Cotton Australia Predicts Bigger Crop Ahead of Harvest

    With the 2021 Australian cotton harvest underway, Cotton Australia is estimating a total crop of 2.6 million bales this year, valued at over $1.7 billion.

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  • List Your Business on the AFC Directory

    Recent global uncertainty coupled with industry consultation has amplified the need for greater collaboration and connectivity.

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  • Trenery Launches Australian Cotton Sweat Range

    A trusted destination for timeless style and quality fabrications, fashion brand Trenery has launched its first product made from Australian cotton – the Trenery Logo Sweat.

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  • Rodd and Gunn Launches Australian Cotton

    Menswear brand Rodd and Gunn has launched its first range of high quality, Australian cotton polos and tees with strong sales and positive customer feedback.

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  • Australian Cotton Industry Supports Project to Protect Biodiversity in Australia’s Cotton Landscapes

    Cotton Australia and CRDC are supporting a partnership between iconic Australian brands Country Road and Landcare Australia to improve biodiversity on cotton farms in the Namoi Valley of NSW.

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  • Kmart Launches Campaign to Promote Sustainably Sourced Cotton

    Kmart Australia has launched a campaign to promote its use of sustainable cotton including Better Cotton, organic and recycled.   

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  • Aussie Farmers Show Us The Uses of Cotton

    To celebrate Science Week, Cotton Australia and a number of family farmers have put together a video showcasing all of the things that can be made from cotton, some of which you may not have seen befo

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  • World Cotton Day Photo Comp

    World Cotton Day is coming up on October 7th, 2020 and to celebrate, Cotton Australia is giving you the chance to win some great prizes.

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  • Local Cotton Farmers Share Weather Data to Protect Crops and the Environment

    Cotton growers in the Upper Namoi Valley of NSW are making weather data collected on 13 cotton farms publicly available to help protect local environmental systems, wildlife, bees, crops and livesto

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  • Impact of COVID on the Global Cotton Industry

    Although a fast-moving issue that continues to change daily, the International Cotton Advisory Committee (ICAC) has put together a special issue of the ICAC Recorder publication, with articles providi

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  • Better Cotton Country Report - Australia

    The Better Cotton Initiative, of which Cotton Australia is a member, has released its 2019 Annual Report including snapshot summaries from each Better Cotton producing country including Australia.

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  • Breakthrough for Australian Researchers Working To Grow “future” Cotton

    CSIRO cotton scientists in Canberra have made a breakthrough in their project to develop strains of cotton that have new properties grown inside the plant itself. While it's very early days, the teams

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  • Cotton Wreaths Made from Aussie Cotton

    NSW rural small business, The Doors of Berry, is hand making cotton wreaths from Australian cotton kindly donated by ProClass in Goondiwindi.

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  • Australian Cotton Industry Releases Second Sustainability Report

    The Australian cotton industry’s second five-year Sustainability Report released today has revealed producing a bale of cotton now takes 48% less water, 34% less land, and 97% less insecticides than

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  • Does It Take 20,000 Litres to Grow a T-Shirt? Not in Australian cotton.

    The statement that “it takes 20,000 litres of water to grow the cotton for a t-shirt” (and its many variations) has been published and republished by a multitude of organisations across the globe

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  • Love thy Farmer - We Agree!

    Regionally-based business Love thy Farmer spreads the Aussie cotton love.

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  • Country Road Tells Back to Farm Story with Heritage Range of Aussie Cotton

    According to iconic Australian brand Country Road, "There’s something special about Australian cotton."

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  • Politix Launches First Australian Cotton Product

    Menswear brand Politix has just launched its first product in 100% Australian cotton, a mens slim fit business shirt in two colours.

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  • CB Clothing Tops Sales of Aussie Cotton

    Melbourne based clothing wholesaler CB Clothing Company is selling over 100,000 Australian cotton products a month, with plans to further expand the business globally. According to Managing Director J

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  • Vegan Cotton Project Underway

    An unlikely partnership between Cotton Australia and vegan fashion activist and model Emma Håkansson, founder of Willow Creative Co, has seen the aspiring film maker travel to Emerald earlier this mo

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  • BCI Climate Change Series Features Australian Cotton

    The Better Cotton Initiative looks at the innovative work going on in the Australian cotton industry to tackle climate change.

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  • World Cotton Day:  7 October 2019

    A global celebration of cotton and its stakeholders, from field to fabric and beyond

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  • Brisbane to Host International Cotton Advisory Committee Meeting

    The ICAC 78th Plenary Meeting at the Sofitel Brisbane Central, Brisbane, Queensland, from 2-6 December 2019 will focus on the theme Global Leadership: Pushing Cotton’s Boundaries.

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  • Once Upon A Try Google Launch Includes Australian Cotton Innovations

    Cotton Australia is the first agricultural industry in the world to use the Google Arts & Culture technology to share its story.

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  • Cotton Australia Represented at Asia-Pacific Sustainable Fashion Round Table

    Round table discussion about sustainable fashion and the circular economy

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  • Water Issues Addressed at Circular Fashion Conference

    The alternative water and cotton story was presented to over 300 fashion industry delegates at the Circular Fashion Conference in Melbourne in March.

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  • Country Road and Australian Cotton Showcased at LEGACY Summit

    Cotton Australia’s Brooke Summers joined a panel alongside iconic Australian brand Country Road at a fashion sustainability summit in Sydney earlier in the year.

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