Organic Cotton Markets


Availability of organic cotton
Organic cotton is presently produced in about 30 countries in all arable continents. Turkey, India, China and Syria are currently the largest producers. The number of organic cotton initiatives is constantly growing, and with this the number of involved farmers. Organic Exchange’s farm locations map provides detailed information about organic cotton farming in the various countries.
Organic Exchange’s annual organic farm and fibre report provides detailed information on organic cotton production. A press releases about the report can be downloaded for free, while the full report can be purchased from Organic Exchange. The report is available free to members of Organic Exchange. Producer groups can become members of Organic Exchange at no cost and receive free copies of the report.
Demand for organic cotton
Increasing awareness for social and environmental issues among consumers and companies has lead to strong growth of the organic cotton market over the past decade. The bulk of the organic cotton fibre production is consumed by companies with large organic textile programmes such as Wal-Mart, Nike, Woolworth’s South Africa, Coop Switzerland, C&A, Patagonia, Timberland, Marks & Spencer, and Otto Group. In addition, more than thousand smaller companies, as well as companies with smaller organic textile programmes, consume and sell organic cotton products. Organic Exchange’s annual marketplace report provides a comprehensive overview on produced volumes, sales, key players and trends. The most important highlights can be downloaded for free, and the full report can be purchased from Organic Exchange.
There are several initiatives that aim to connect supply and demand of organic cotton (products) by publishing online directories of suppliers and retailers.
If you produce organic cotton or are a company trading in organic cotton products, make sure that you are listed in the Organic Exchange Market Place and the PAN Organic Cotton Directory.