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.


  • 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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