Cotton Australia field lots of questions about Australian cotton from brands, retailers and the supply chain and we've done our best to answer the most common ones here.  Browse these topics that cover sourcing, quality, sustainability, traceability and a whole lot more...or use the search box to ask a question.


  • 10 Facts About Consumers and Cotton

    Cotton Incorporated in the U.S. has conducted significant market research to assess what consumers globally regard as cotton's greatest attributes, what drives purchasing decisions and consum

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  • 10 Interesting Cotton Facts

    Cotton is the world's oldest natural fibre, dating back some 8,000 years.  With a long history, and an industry including over 300 million farming families there are plenty of interesting fac

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  • Why Choose Australian Cotton?

    Cotton is grown in more than 100 countries and accounts for around 25% of worldwide fibre production.  Australia is a relatively small producer by world standards – accountin

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  • The Features and Benefits of Cotton

    Cotton is the world’s favourite natural fibre. Its beauty, comfort, durability and versatility make it the perfect choice for clothing, bedding, textiles and many other

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  • Why Spinning Mills Love Australian Cotton

    The conversion of cotton fibre to a textile starts with the spinner, for whom price and quality are the most important attributes.  Australian cotton is sougth after by spinning mill cu

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  • The Dyeability of Australian Cotton

    Research conducted by the CSIRO at Deakin University in 2016 showed that Australian cotton had better dye uptake than cottons from other countries, as per the abstract below, published in the Tex

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  • Does Cotton Shed Microfibres?

    As the issue of microplastic pollution has become a key topic for the textile industry, Australia's Cotton Research and Development Corporation in partnership with Cotton Incorporated, funded a st

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  • Contamination-free Australian Cotton

    Australia leads the world in contamination-free cotton due to a number of factors including the careful ways it's grown, machine picked, ginned and shipped.  Spinning mills love to source low

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  • How Cotton Quality Is Measured in Australia

    Every bale of Australian cotton is individualy classed through modern certified classing facilities that participate in the International Cotton Advisory Committee CSITC Round Trials to ensure the hig

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  • Does Australia Grow Genetically Modified (GM) Cotton?

    More than 99% of Australia's cotton crop uses biotechnology which refers to the use of cotton varieties with transgenic or genetically modified (GM) traits.  Unlike in som

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  • Uses for Cotton

    Cotton is a long-lasting and versatile fibre that can be used in a huge range of products from fashion and homewares to industrial goods.  Even cottonseed is a useful product, crushed to mak

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  • Understanding Yarn Counts and the Uses of Australian Cotton

    Understanding and measuring yarn count is important to fabric technologists and designers, because it provides a key to predicting a fabric’s quality and properties such as struct

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  • Reasons for Australian Cotton’s Superior Quality

    Fibre quality is affected by a large number of interacting factors that occur throughout the supply chain including cotton variety, seasonal conditions such as temperature and rain, cro

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  • Specific Qualities of Australian Cotton

    Australian cotton growers produce some of the longest, strongest, whitest and most contamination-free cotton in the world.  This is due to superior varieties, suitable natural environme

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  • Worldwide Demand for Fibre

    According to the International Cotton Advisory Committee (ICAC), the worldwide demand for fibre is growing by about 3-4 percent each year as a result of population growth and rising wealth.  

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  • 10 Facts About Consumers and Cotton

    Cotton Incorporated in the U.S. has conducted significant market research to assess what consumers globally regard as cotton's greatest attributes, what drives purchasing decisions and consum

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  • What is the Impact of the Current Drought on Australian Cotton?

    While there has been some recent reprieve in some areas, Australian cotton farmers have been unfortuantely experiencing severe and extended drought conditions through the cotton growing

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  • Why Do Australian Farmers Choose to Grow Cotton?

    There are many reasons that a farmer chooses to grow a specific selection of crops, including cotton. In Australia in most seasons, the majority of the cotton crop is irrigated, and irrigation fa

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  • The Current Australian Cotton Crop

    The main factor that affects the size of the Australian cotton crop is availability of water.  As an annual crop (planted once a year), cotton only gets planted when there's water available.

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  • What is Cotton LEADS™?

    The Cotton LEADS™ Program is a partnership between the U.S. and Australian cotton industries that recognises the nation-wide efforts being made to produce responsible cotton in both these countr

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  • Products Made from Cotton Seed

    We mostly focus on cotton as a fibre crop, but did you know it's also an important food crop?   Cotton seed makes up around half the weight of the picked cotton, and is mostly used to m

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  • The Economics of Cotton in Australia

    Cotton makes an enormous contribution to the Australian economy, and over 150 rural and regional communities where our farming families live and work.  It's a global commodity that's high

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  • What is the Better Cotton Initiative (BCI)?

    The Better Cotton Initiative (BCI) is a multi-stakeholder organisation that is working with farmers all over the world to improve the natural environment and their livelihoods.  Better

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  • Australian Cotton Price and Premiums

    The premium for Australian cotton depends on the product category and what the customer is currently using.  The key point for Supply Chain Managers and Buyers to remember is that a 5-10% pr

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  • Sourcing BCI Cotton from Australia

    The Better Cotton Initiative (BCI) is a multi-stakeholder organisation that is working with farmers all over the world to improve the natural environment and their livelihoods.  Better Cotton is

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  • What Happens Once Australian Cotton is Delivered to the Spinning Mill?

    Once Australian cotton is delivered to the spinning mill, the Australian cotton industry no longer has control over how it is used, in what products or its destination.  This is driven by th

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  • Markets for Australian cotton

    99.9% of Australia's cotton is exported, making Australia the third largest cotton exporter in the world. The main reason is that there are no cotton spinning mills in Australia, which is an

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  • Is Organic Cotton Grown in Australia?

    The short answer is no, for a variety of reasons.  In fact to Cotton Australia's knowledge there are no organic cotton farms in Australia.  Australia's cotton farmers have tried 

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  • How is Australian Cotton Bought and Sold?

    Cotton is an agricultural commodity that's traded on the world market and the vast majority of Australian cotton is exported as raw cotton bales to spinning mills.   Once the cotton bal

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