Textile Exchange’s 2021 Organic Cotton Market Report Now Released


The report reveals that 2019/20 was a record-setting year for organic cotton, with the largest volume of organic cotton fiber harvested globally to date, and growth is set to skyrocket in 2020/21. In total, 229,280 farmers grew 249,153 tonnes of organic cotton fiber on 588,425 hectares of certified organic land in 21 countries. This represents a four percent growth in fiber volume and is the fourth year in a row that organic cotton production has increased. Organic cotton accounted for almost one percent of the global cotton harvest that season.

2020/21 Forecast

Organic cotton production is set to skyrocket in 2020/21, with an estimated 48% growth, stemming predominantly from India and Turkey. In India, this growth is largely a result of increased demand causing organic cotton prices to increase. This, in turn, makes it a more attractive option for farmers and is leading existing producers to dedicate a larger share of their certified organic land to growing cotton versus other crops. In Turkey, increased demand is also the main driver, but the growth is more a result of new producers starting up organic cotton production.

Help us Create Material Change

Join the Organic Cotton Round Table (OCRT) to engage with others in the organic cotton community and stay up to date on the latest news and events on the OCRT Hub, such as our 2021 Organic Cotton Round Table Summit that is held in conjunction with our 2021 Textile Sustainability Conference in Dublin, Ireland, November 15-19.

Full report here.