One of the main characteristics of the European cotton is that it is a non-gmo product, which guarantees product quality and environmental sustainability, as well as economic and social sustainability.
- The use of premium, non-genetically modified seeds that are free of contamination allows for greater respect for natural resources and the ecosystem
- The large leaf surface that the European cotton develops contributes to the reduction of global warming during the hottest months of the year
- Cotton cultivation contributes oxygen to the atmosphere and produces three times less greenhouse gases compared to the production of synthetic fibers such as polyester
European cotton is produced in a traditional way with the highest quality standards. It is a strategic product within and beyond Europe’s borders. European cotton generates quality employment and benefits the textile industry and other related industries
The European cotton production model adopts strict environmental standards, controls and measures to protect water and land.
It has the support of the authorities and research institutions, and the effective coordination of the countries’ interprofessional organizations.
The European Cotton Alliance (ECA) oversees the regulation of the use of the EUCOTTON mark, certifies its members, and facilitates trade in the cotton they produce. An external auditor guarantees certification.
The sustainable cotton production model – from raw material collection, processing, transformation, manufacturing and finishing of garments and products – influences all segments of society. European cultivation practices are highly regulated, ensuring the safety of farmers, consumers and the environment.
Main economic benefits derived from European cotton:
Produces 3,500 tonnes of cotton products.
It achieves a total turnover of 178 billion euros.
It gives rise to 171,000 businesses related to the activity.
Around 1.7 million people are employed in the industry.
European cotton exports are estimated at 250,000 tonnes per year.