Topic page cotton

Sustainability is on everyone's lips. Natural fibers play an important role in this.

Cotton, one of the oldest cultivated plants in the world, is a natural product that has been "domesticated" by us for thousands of years. Worldwide, 250 million people, mainly in developing countries, live from its cultivation.

Cultivation and processing methods? Cotton, a sustainable product? We answer these and many other questions.
🔜Up-to-date, informative and to the point, you can read a lot of interesting facts about cotton here on our topic page.

The Bremen Cotton Report was published. © Bremer Baumwollbörse
ܫ 11/04/2023 – Bremen Cotton Report

Bremen Cotton Report

Uzbekistan and Australia with record values

The cotton industry in Uzbekistan continues to grow. In Australia, record areas are being used for cultivation. By  Susanne Böhm
© World Agricultural Production 01/2023
🧜 28/02/2023 – Indian cotton production

Indian cotton production

Production forecast lowered for 2022/23

USDA estimates season 2022/23 cotton production for India at 5,77 m tonnes, down 4 % from last month, but up 9 percent from 2021/22. By  Anna Ugrica
© Bremen Cotton Report, Ausgabe 3/4 2023
𒁏 24/02/2023 – Cotton


2022/23 U.S. Exports Fall on Lower Global Demand

U.S. 2022/23 exports are lowered 54,000 tonnes compared with the previous month to 2.6 m tonnes. By  Anna Ugrica
The project focuses on enhancing cotton plant resistance to insect pests. © bernadette warner/EyeEm/
💫 15/12/2022 – Research


Novel pest management tool for cotton production

The development of new targeted agricultural pest management technologies could reduce crop losses and production costs, while improving environmental ... By  Sibylle Michel
© Bremer Baumwollbörse
💧 08/12/2022 – China


Slowing global cotton consumption

The decline in China yarn imports led to lower cotton consumption in major yarn exporting countries such as India, Vietnam, Pakistan, and Uzbekistan. By  Sibylle Michel
For the major producing countries, 2022/23 stock changes are forecast to vary considerably. Stocks in China are projected to increase marginally. In contrast in India, they are projected to increase considerably, similarly in Brazil. © Bremer Baumwollbörse
🦩 21/11/2022 – Cotton forecast

Cotton forecast

♕Global cotton trade and stocks increase in 2022/23

World cotton trade for 2022/23 was cut this month by 218,000 tonnes to a projected 9.5 million tonnes but is still forecast to increase 146,000 tonnes ... By  Sibylle Michel
As a holistic standard, the comprehensive and strict requirements of GOTS ensure transparent and traceable processing for organic textiles from field to finished product. © GOTS
🦩 15/11/2022 – Certification


✃GOTS significantly raises requirements for certified gins

GOTS brings integrity to organic products. To further advance the system, GOTS is significantly raising the requirements for GOTS-certified gins. By  Sibylle Michel
The first of the partnership collection between Good Earth Cotton and Advance Denim will be released in December 2022. © Good Earth Cotton
♕ 17/10/2022 – Sustainable denim production

Sustainable denim production

Advance Denim partners with Good Earth Cotton

The partnership enables a fully traceable denim collection made from climate positive fibre, produced using clean indigo dyeing technology. By  Sibylle Michel
Cotton’s been keeping people dressed for over 8,000 years. © Uster Technologies
꧑ 07/10/2022 – World Cotton Day

World Cotton Day

Cotton – a unique natural fiber

World Cotton Day – on October 7 every year – is a celebration of one of the world’s most important natural fiber. Let’s take a closer look at cotton with ... By  Sibylle Michel
USA: Cotton areas in drought. © Bremer Baumwollbörse
🌼 16/09/2022 – Cotton


2021/22 U.S. exports fall on lower supplies

2021/22 U.S. exports are estimated to have fallen more than 370,000 tonnes from the previous year to 3.2 million tonnes owing to less exportable supplies. By  Sibylle Michel
Spinning mill preparation at Velener Textil, a member of the Bremen Cotton Exchange. © Velener Textil
🦄 08/09/2022 – 36th International Cotton Conference Bremen

36th International Cotton Conference Bremen

Textile processes in the fast lane

There will be several lectures on problem areas and suitable solutions in the context of textile processes on September 30, 2022, at the 36th International ... By  Sibylle Michel
Overview of the planting and harvesting times of the eight major cotton producing countries © Bremer Baumwollbörse
൲ 31/08/2022 – Cotton


Season 2022/23 marked by uncertainty

The volatility with cotton prices, global macroeconomic conditions, and the turmoil in Eastern Europe are creating uncertainties in cotton demand. By  Sibylle Michel
In addition to the founders and shareholders Steffen Gerlach (CEO, on the left) and Reiner Mantsch (CTO, on the right), the core team of Eeden consists of Julian Hertrampf (CMO), Tobias Boernhorst (process engineering) and Lennart Marx (chemical engineering). © Eeden
♐ 08/08/2022 – Textile recycling

Textile recycling

🐭Innovative process enables upcycling of old clothing

The startup Eeden has developed an innovative process for the sustainable and environmentally friendly recycling of clothing and other textile products. By  Sibylle Michel
Attendance at the conference will be possible in presence in Bremen as well as online. © Bremer Baumwollbörse
ꦿ 03/08/2022 – Cotton Conference

Cotton Conference

ꦆProgram of the 36th International Cotton Conference Bremen

The 36th International Cotton Conference Bremen will take place from 29–30 September 2022. Up to 500 guests from 40 countries are expected. Registration ... By  Sibylle Michel
Global trade forecast at its second highest level © Bremer Baumwollbörse
𓆉 06/07/2022 – Cotton


2022/23 Cotton consumption to decrease

USDA’s latest forecast for the upcoming 2022/23 season projects cotton consumption to decline to 26.56 million tons, down 218,000 tonnes from the previous ... By  Sibylle Michel
Cotton classing stations at USDA © USDA
ꦛ 27/04/2022 – Cotton


Good fiber, good yarn, good business

Purchasers of raw cotton must focus on the price, but even mor so on the fiber quality. Why is cotton quality data so extremely crucial? By  Sibylle Michel
© Irina Sokolovskaya/
♎ 25/04/2022 – Japan


Lowest cotton imports since World War II

Due to the tense economic circumstances in Japan, the situation for the textile industry there remains difficult. This also applies to cotton imports. By  Sibylle Michel
USCTP wants to set a new standard for more sustainable cotton production. © Pixel-Shot/
𒀰 22/03/2022 – Annual Report of the U.S. Cotton Trust Protocol

Annual Report of the U.S. Cotton Trust Protocol

On the road to more sustainable cotton production

The Trust Protocol highlights that significant progress has already been made compared to the last surveys conducted by the US Department of Agriculture ... By  Editorial staff
The user navigates through the textile production stages and individually accesses provided location information, images and content. © Remei
🦂 18/03/2022 – Traceability


Cotton fibres traceable back to the origin

With the digital traceability tool my-trace by Remei, the organic cotton textile trader Remei is fully disclosing the manufacturing process of textiles. By  Sibylle Michel
Finished goods have been taking longer to reach their destinations as shortages of containers and outbreaks of Covid-19 have halted operations and caused delays at ports. © Travel mania/
🍃 27/01/2022 – Supply Chain

Supply Chain

Apparel supply chains under pressure

Global apparel supply chains are under pressure as prices of fibres and other textile materials rise, energy costs soar and costs of freight escalate. By  Editorial staff
Giza-Protect is an inherently FR Egyptian cotton yarn that meets the requirements for protective clothing and industrial workwear. © MTC
꧑ 24/01/2022 – Egyptian Giza cotton

Egyptian Giza cotton

Teaching an old fiber new tricks

MTC has launched a new line of inherently flame-retardant spun yarns based on extra-long staple Egyptian Giza cotton blend, which is known as Giza-Protect. By  Editorial staff
The ongoing restrictions caused by the global pandemic require clear decisions and a move to September 2022. © Bremer Baumwollbörse
ꦜ 05/01/2022 – Pandemic


International Cotton Conference Bremen postponed

The 36th International Cotton Conference Bremen, originally planned for 30 and 31 March, has been postponed to 29 and 30 September 2022. By  Sibylle Michel
It is anticipated that the technology will be adopted at scale across all textile processing sites and facilities in Benin and across the African sub-continent. © FibreTrace
💦 08/12/2021 – Africa’s first fully traceable cotton supply chain

Africa’s first fully traceable cotton supply chain

ꦅARISE IIP and FibreTrace collaborate for pilot program

The partnership between FibreTrace and ARISE IIP will bring full traceability to the first of their kind, vertically integrated mills in the Republic of ... By  Editorial staff
Roland Stelzer (front right) talking to the organic cotton farmers in Kyrgyzstan. © Cotonea/Klaus Mellenthin
﷽ 10/09/2021 – Interview with Roland Stelzer on SDG 8

Interview with Roland Stelzer on SDG 8

Cotonea commits to fair work conditions

What do fair working conditions look like and how are they implemented at Cotonea? textile network spoke with CEO Roland Stelzer. By  Sibylle Michel
A new scientific finding now concludes: Cotton is much more climate-friendly than thought. © Cotonea/Klaus Mellenthin
💃 28/07/2021 – Positive carbon footprint

Positive carbon footprint

Cotton better than its reputation

A new finding suggests that cotton could be the path to a climate-friendly textile industry cause cotton binds CO2 more effectively than other crops. By  Sibylle Michel
The current annual report of the Bremen Cotton Exchange is now available in German. The English version will be available from the end of August 2021. © Cotton Australia/Paul Beiboer
🅷 19/07/2021 – Exceptional Year 2020

Exceptional Year 2020

Annual Report of the Bremen Cotton Exchange

The annual report 2020 of the Bremen Cotton Exchange is now available in German. The report focuses on the production, trade and processing of cotton. By  Sibylle Michel
Cotton lint loss increased as a result of the unusual weather event caused by the cyclone Ianos. © Bremer Baumwollbörse
ꦐ 18/05/2021 – Exports affected by low production

Exports affected by low production

Greek cotton production to decline

The decline was due to lower agreage, unfavorable weather conditions during harvest, and average yields. By  Sibylle Michel
The USDA Foreign Agricultural Service post in Cairo forecasts market year 2021/22 cotton area harvested to increase by seven percent to 70,000 hectares, from 65,000 hectares in season 2020/21. © Bremer Baumwollbörse
💃 12/05/2021 – Losses from 2020/21 season made up

Losses from 2020/21 season made up

Egypt: Increasing cotton production 2021/22

 Post attributes the increase to higher area harvested and containment of the white fly infestation that caused losses in 2020/21. By  Sibylle Michel
Organic textile sector reaches a significant milestone in testing for genetically modified (GMO) cotton. © GOTS
💖 06/04/2021 – Sustainability


ﷺGOTS: Milestone in testing for genetically modified (GMO) cotton

Recommend the use of the ISO IWA 32 protocol throughout the organic cotton value chain as the only accepted method for GMO testing. By  Editorial staff
Once again, the International Cotton Conference confirmed how closely Bremen is interwoven with the raw material cotton and its internationally networked supply chain. Ultimately, the organisers of the prestigious conference, the Bremen Cotton Exchange and the Fibre Institute Bremen, were able to bring the cotton world together in Bremen for the 35th time. A meeting of the cotton community on the world wide web. © EKH-Pictures/
ꦿ 23/03/2021 – 35th International Cotton Conference – The Hybrid Edition

35th International Cotton Conference – The Hybrid Edition

Cotton and Bremen are one

Bremen is a synonym for cotton, cotton research and cotton quality. More than 450 participants from 32 countries attended the conference. By  Editorial staff
Each morning the keynote speakers will open the programme with exciting statements and lectures. © Irina Sokolovskaya/
☂ 17/03/2021 – 35th International Cotton Conference Bremen

35th International Cotton Conference Bremen

♑Keynotes: Sustainability, transparency and responsibility

Around 400 participants from over 30 countries have registered for the conference, which takes place on 17 and 18 March. By  Sibylle Michel
Pakistan textile and clothing exports. Latest trade performance is demonstrated in the chart. © The Fiber Year
🍌 15/03/2021 – Corona pandemic

Corona pandemic

The Fiber Year: Pakistan

When it comes to pandemic, Pakistan continues to fare better than other parts of the world as the situation remained under control. by Andreas Engelhardt By  Editorial staff
With top-class informative lectures, as well as varied discussion panels and its opportunities for interaction, the Cotton Conference Bremen - the Hybrid Edition - meeting of the world’s cotton and textile value chain will once again live up to its high reputation within the industry. © Bremer Baumwollbörse
🅘 09/03/2021 – 35th International Cotton Conference Bremen – The Hybrid Edition

35th International Cotton Conference Bremen – The Hybrid Edition

Cotton: Responsibility in raw material production

Responsible fibre production, technical progress, regional organic cotton production, sustainable wool production and cotton as a plastic substitute. By  Editorial staff
Satellite images reveal problems in plant growth. The information from the satellite data can help farmers to work in a resource-optimised manner and to offer higher-quality crops. © Melchionna - Remote Sensing
꧂ 04/03/2021 – 35. Internationale Baumwolltagung Bremen – The Hybrid Edition

35. Internationale Baumwolltagung Bremen – The Hybrid Edition

Cotton: Progressive farming works like this

On 17 and 18 March, the doors will open for the International Cotton Conference Bremen – The Hybrid Edition will be mainly virtual. By  Editorial staff
35th International Cotton Conference Bremen, 17 and 18 March 2021, Passion for Cotton! © Bremer Baumwollbörse
ꦦ 03/02/2021 – Panel discussion: Circular Economy – The Future

Panel discussion: Circular Economy – The Future

🌞35th International Cotton Conference Bremen: Use it and keep it.

The “Circular Economy” is a much-discussed industry topic at the upcoming International Cotton Conference in Bremen,17–18 March. By  Editorial staff
Infinited Fiber Company’s textile fibre regeneration technology in a nutshell, from shredded textiles to cellulose carbamate fibre. © Infinited Fiber Company
♕ 28/01/2021 – Sustainability – circular economy

Sustainability – circular economy

⛦Infinited Fiber Company: New project Going Beyond Cotton

Twelve pioneering players in the fashion and textile industries are breaking new ground with an entirely circular model for commercial garment production. By  Editorial staff
The International Cotton Conference Bremen – the Hybrid Edition offers on March 17 and 18 a total of 13 conference sessions covering highly relevant topics from the international cotton textile industry. © Ernst Grimmelt
ꦛ 26/01/2021 – Passion for Cotton – the conference program

Passion for Cotton – the conference program

👍35th International Cotton Conference Bremen – the Hybrid Edition

Banknotes from sustainable cotton, 3D database for fabrics and dyes, the African textile supply chain – the topics at a glance. By  Editorial staff
Exciting insights at the 35th Bremen Cotton Conference: CT-Picture of a Cotton Boll © FIBRE/ MAPEX/ University Bremen
๊ 19/01/2021 – 35th International Cotton Conference Bremen 2021

35th International Cotton Conference Bremen 2021

Bremen: Passion for Cotton!

For the first time in its history, the International Cotton Conference will take place on 17 and 18 March in the form of a hybrid edition, with a virtual ... By  Editorial staff
Kipas Vice Chairman of the Board Ahmet Öksüz (centre) receives the certificate of excellence for machine utilisation from Monforts Regional Representative Thomas Päffgen and Ahmet Ciliç CEO of Neotek, the Monforts service partner in Turkey. © Monforts
🥂 03/12/2020 – EU supports cotton project

EU supports cotton project

A. Monforts: Key role for Kipas

Kipas, Kahramanmaras, Turkey, is currently installing its third Monforts Montex stenter in a combined configuration dedicated to denim production. By  Editorial staff
The Rieter Group concluded a license agreement with WW Systems and will integrate the Brazilian company's promising product into its digital spinning suite Essential. © Rieter
🎀 23/11/2020 – Strategic partnership

Strategic partnership

Rieter and WW Systems cooperate

Rieter concluded a license agreement with WW Systems and will integrate the company's promising product into its digital spinning suite Essential. By  Editorial staff
In the course of surveillance audits by GOTS accreditation body IOAS – a regular part of the GOTS quality assurance – attended by GOTS experts, they detected fake Raw Cotton Transaction Certificates (TCs). © Thaut Images/
𝕴 02/11/2020 – Organic cotton fraud in India

Organic cotton fraud in India

GOTS detects evidence

GOTS, through own investigation, has obtained substantial documentary evidence about systematic fraud. By  Editorial staff
The total volume amounted to 74 million tonnes. Spunlaid nonwovens, newly included in global supply, slowed to the lowest growth rate in the century at nearly 4 percent to reach almost 7 million tonnes. © Andreas Engelhardt
𝄹 04/09/2020 – Deceleration along the textile chain

Deceleration along the textile chain

𝓰The Fiber Year 2020 – characterized by the coronavirus

Andreas Engelhardt: The entire textile value chain suffered from significant deceleration last year before a dramatic contraction began. By  Editorial staff
Wound onto a spool, the viscose filament yarn was spun from recycled cotton provided in form of cellulose sheets. Researchers at the Fraunhofer IAP have found a way to turn cotton clothes such as jeans into new high-quality garments rather than lowly cleaning rags. © Fraunhofer IAP
ꦆ 04/09/2020 – Wicket 17 + 18: An efficient way of recycling cotton clothes

Wicket 17 + 18: An efficient way of recycling cotton clothes

Sustainability: From old jeans to new t-shirt

Recycling clothing made of cotton: For the first time a research team together with a Swedish company has succeeded in doing so. By  Editorial staff
Cotton since 1901, Made in Germany, the new Gebrüder Otto brand, stands for clear quality standards and sustainable value created in Germany. © Gebrüder Otto
🐼 04/08/2020 – Wicket 13 + 14: Ingredient branding with Cotton since 1901

Wicket 13 + 14: Ingredient branding with Cotton since 1901

♏Gebrüder Otto launches new Made in Germany yarn brand

Gebrüder Otto, a fine twisting and spinning mill in Dietenheim, Baden-Württemberg, has launched its new brand “Cotton since 1901. Made in Germany”. By  Editorial staff
World Cotton Production. The annual report provides a review of the past year in the international cotton market with detailed information on developments and trends. © Bremer Baumwollbörse
ඣ 31/07/2020 – First-Hand Cotton Facts

First-Hand Cotton Facts

Bremen Cotton Exchange: Annual Report 2019

The Annual Report of the Bremen Cotton Exchange is an indispensable reference work on essential questions relating to the raw material of cotton. By  Editorial staff
🌊 21/07/2020 – US cotton with more confidence

US cotton with more confidence

U.S. Cotton Trust Protocol

The Trust Protocol brings quantifiable and verifiable goals and measurements to responsible cotton production. By  Editorial staff
Marion Röttges, Co-CEO Apparel & Communication at Remei, about corporate responsibility, the importance of collaboration for meaningful value chains and the repercussions of the coronavirus pandemic. © Remei AG
ꦯ 15/05/2020 – From sowing the seeds to the finished textile

From sowing the seeds to the finished textile

Remei AG: The only way is together

Remei offers a fully sustainable supply chain for organic cotton. An interview with Marion Röttges, Co-CEO about the coronavirus pandemic. By  Editorial staff