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U.S. Cotton Trust Protocol welcomes first Latin American members

new protocol trust logoSeveral Latin America-based companies joined the U.S. Cotton Trust Protocol, marking a first for that geographic region.

They are Central America Spinning Works El Salvador, Cone Mills, Colhilados, Fabricato, Gama Textil, Global Textiles, Grupo Industrial Miro, Grupo Vivatex, Hilanderia de Algodon Peruano, Honduras Spinning Mills, Industrias Cannon de Colombia, Industrias Merlet, Industria Textil del Pacifico, Junior de Mexico (OGGI Jeans), Manufacturas Kaltex, MT Textiles, OA, Playeras Mark, Premium Knits, Quality Knits, Ropa Siete Leguas, SJ Jersey Ecuatoriano, Tavex, Textufil, Textiles Marie Lou, Textil del Valle, WT Sourcing and Zagis.

Among other benefits, membership enables these mills and manufacturers to prove that the cotton fiber element in their textiles is more sustainably grown.

“We are pleased that these companies have joined the Trust Protocol as the textile industry works to improve the transparency in their supply chain that brands and retailers are asking for,” said Dr. Gary Adams, president of the U.S. Cotton Trust Protocol. “The Trust Protocol is providing verified, reliable data about cotton growers’ responsible growing practices in six key areas – water use, greenhouse gas emissions, energy use, soil carbon, soil loss and land use efficiency – and shows how sustainability is constantly improving through the entire supply chain.”

Mills and manufacturers who become members have access to the Trust Protocol credit system to validate consumption of cotton and associated credits. The combination of a unique credit accounting system and the Permanent Bale Identification system enables brands to have transparency throughout the supply chain to finished product.

In December 2020, the Trust Protocol announced the membership of Gap Inc. as part of their integrated sustainability strategy and to help achieve their commitment to use only 100% sustainably-sourced cotton by 2025.

December also saw the announcement of the first 10 U.S. mills to join the Trust Protocol: Buhler Quality Yarns, Cap Yarns, CCW, Contempora Fabrics, Cotswold Industries Inc., Frontier Yarns, Hamrick Mills, Inman Mills, Parkdale Inc. and Swisstex Direct.

The Trust Protocol has been invited to join Cotton 2040 and its CottonUp guide and is also on the Textile Exchange’s list of 36 preferred fibers and materials that more than 170 participating brands and retailers can select from as part of Textile Exchange’s Material Change Index program.

The Cotton Trust Protocol contributed this article.