The Australian cotton industry has a 21 year history of independent environmental assessments, demonstrating its commitment to monitoring and improving the industry’s environmental performance. The initial assessment, conducted in 1991, saw the cotton industry become the first major agricultural industry undertake such a task, and in 2012, the Third Environment Assessment was conducted to continue documenting performance and practice change.
The Australian Cotton Industry: Third Environmental Assessment made six recommendations for the industry to improve its environmental performance. These recommendations, and the key findings from the Assessment, are outlined in this Assessment Report. In February 2016, the industry published its official response to the Third Environmental Assessment, outlining the high level outcomes that have been delivered on behalf of the industry.
The Summer 2023-24 edition of Spotlight has a focus on Clever Cotton, collaboration and the circular economy. We take a deep dive into circularity, which is one of CRDC’s new investment areas under Clever Cotton. In particular, we look at the end-of-life management of cotton garments and fabrics and how returning them to the soil in cotton fields may be a solution to Australia’s textile waste problem.