Significantly enhancing sustainability of cotton cultivation - Challenge @ E2Expo
Relevant regions : China | India | Pakistan |
Cotton represents about 20% of all fibers used for textiles and over 75% of all natural fibers used. Annually, over 25 million tons of cotton fiber are produced for textiles and apparel.
Cotton consumes significant amounts of water, fertilizers and pesticides, thus contributing significantly to both the carbon footprint as well as the ecological footprint of textiles and apparel.
Efforts that can significantly enhance sustainability of cotton cultivation will thus have a powerful positive effect on the sustainability of the textile and fashion industry as a whole.
Organic cotton costs more than conventional cotton because the inputs, systems and processes used for organic cotton cultivation costs more per Kg of organic cotton produced, compared to conventional cotton.
How can the costs of organic cotton cultivation be reduced to make the price of organic cotton competitive with that of conventional?
Stakeholders : City and local administration , Sourcing professionals , Textile fiber cultivation professional ,
Organizations such as the Better Cotton Initiative have already shown how focussed capacity development and training programs can dramatically enhance the sustainability of cotton cultivation. While an excellent start has been made through the efforts of these organizations, significant scope exists for improvement in training and skill development of cotton farmers to enhance the overall sustainability of cultivation.
Stakeholders : Textile education professionals , Textile fiber cultivation professional ,
Cotton uses significant amounts of water for its cultivation. Solutions and technologies that can significantly lower cotton cultivation’s water footprint will hence go a long way in enhancing its sustainability.
Stakeholders : Digital solution providers for textiles industry , Entrepreneurs , Machinery and equipment makers , Researchers or innovators , Textile fiber cultivation professional ,
One of the challenges with sustainable practices such as organic farming have been the relatively lower yields that have been reported at least in the initial few years. How can organic and other sustainable farming methods start providing yields comparable to or better than conventional farming?
Stakeholders : NGOs , Researchers or innovators , Textile education professionals , Textile fiber cultivation professional ,
Hybridization has been used for a long time in cotton cultivation; genetic engineering also played a role in increasing cotton yields for many years now. Other advances in biosciences and biotechnology could soon start playing an important role too in making cotton cultivation more sustainable.
Stakeholders : Digital solution providers for textiles industry , IT manager , Researchers or innovators , Testing and standards professionals , Textile fiber cultivation professional ,
Like many crops, intercropping is possible for cotton too, and this process, if done in a well-researched manner, could result in higher yields, benefits to the soil and also enhanced revenues to farmers
Stakeholders : Researchers or innovators , Textile education professionals , Textile fiber cultivation professional ,
Cotton cultivation is plagued by its large amounts of water use and use of fertilizers and pesticides. But there’s a large scope for improving cotton cultivation’s environmental impact, especially through the use of technologies such as precision farming that enable comparable or better yields but by using significantly lower (optimal) inputs.
Stakeholders : NGOs , Researchers or innovators , Textile fiber cultivation professional ,