More Cotton, Produced More Quickly
Cotton is tough, hardy and flexible! The cotton plant is indeterminate in nature and can be grown all year round, as long as there are suitable weather conditions. The growing season is between 180 days and 300+ days. Central Asian cotton producing countries, as a region, have one of the shortest growing seasons in the world. Biotechnological research is currently under way to shrink the cotton-growing season to 120 days or less.
Usually, Nurture Beats Nature
It's not accurate to say that all cotton seeds are created equal, but genetics might not have as great an impact as you might think. All quality parameters that determine the fibre's grade and instrument readings are largely impacted by environmental and agronomic conditions. In most cases, a cotton seed's genetic expression is either suppressed or aggravated by extreme conditions.
A Negative Carbon Footprint
All agricultural crops produce greenhouse gasses during production. To produce a kg of fibre, cotton emits 1.7 kg of carbon dioxide.
But in its leaves and soil, cotton actually sequesters 2.2 kg of CO2, meaning it draws our more atmospheric CO2 than it emits. Cotton uses oxygen and CO2 to make cellulose, and since its fibres are 96% to 98% pure cellulose, cotton is the world’s best biodegradable natural fibre.