Cotton is one of the most common textile fibers in our lives today. Cotton is comfortable, and durable.
But cotton is more than just a commodity. This natural textile is a life-changing product worldwide that supports 32 million producers (almost half of them women) and benefits more than 100 million families in 80 countries across 5 continents.
To underline the importance of cotton, World Cotton Day is celebrated every year on 7 October. This global celebration aims to increase the visibility of the cotton sector and raise awareness of its vital role in economic development, international trade and poverty alleviation.
This special day is dedicated to one of the most versatile and essential fibers on earth – cotton. With a rich history dating back thousands of years, cotton has played a vital role in shaping the economy, fashion and our everyday lives. This global celebration aims to increase the visibility of the cotton sector and raise awareness of its vital role in economic development, international trade and poverty alleviation.
History of World Cotton Day
Benin, Burkina Faso, Chad and Mali – the four main cotton producers in sub-Saharan Africa – proposed to the WTO in 2012 to celebrate World Cotton Day. In 2019 the WTO hosted the first World Cotton Day celebration.
On this day, various events, workshops and campaigns are organized across the world to educate consumers and industry stakeholders about the importance of sustainable cotton.
World Cotton Day is an opportunity to raise awareness about the importance of sustainable cotton production. It promotes responsible practices in cotton that benefit both the environment and the people involved in the cotton supply chain.