Cotton Yarn's Impact on Sustainability

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Fiber selection and yarn selection can impact the life of the garment dramatically. See how.

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Cotton Yarn's Impact on Sustainability

  1. 1. Cotton Yarn’s Impact on Sustainability<br />
  2. 2. Typical Supply Chain<br />Market Driven<br />Retailer<br />Philosophy<br />Ethics<br />Values<br />Market Driven<br />Market Driven<br />Inconsistent results<br />Customer Loyalty at risk<br />Higher returns<br />Discounts<br />
  3. 3. Focused Supply Chain<br />Retailer<br />Philosophy<br />Ethics<br />Values<br />Consistent results<br />Synergies with suppliers<br />Better customer Loyalty <br />Lower returns<br />Less discounts<br />Higher profits<br />
  4. 4. Best Practices In Yarn Formation to Yield Better Apparel<br />
  5. 5. Different Cotton can<br />Result in substantial difference in Quality and Cost<br />
  6. 6. Let’s look at the opportunities in supply chain thinking..<br />
  7. 7. Key fiber properties most impact on fabric performance<br />Short Fiber Content <br />Fiber shorter than ½ inch<br />Micronaire<br />Fiber finess<br />Fiber Strength<br /> Measured in grams/Tex<br />Fiber Length<br />Measured in millimeters, Upper Quartile<br />
  8. 8. FQI Upland Cotton ELS Cotton <br />Min 3.0 10.0<br />Max 10.0 15.0<br />FL = HVI Fiber Length (inch)<br />FS = HVI Fiber Strength (g/tex)<br />Mic = Micronaire<br />Fiber Quality Index (FQI)<br />
  9. 9. Fiber Quality Index VS Yarn Count-Ring Spun & Compact Combed Yarn<br />
  10. 10. Fiber Quality Index vs. Yarn Count-Ring Spun & Rotor Spun Carded Yarns<br />
  11. 11. Examples of info from Uster.com<br />
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  14. 14. What is the impact of better garments in land utilization?<br />
  15. 15. Let’s just use one category as an example..<br />From http://otexa.ita.doc.gov/msr/cat339.htm<br />
  16. 16. 2008 Women’s Cotton Knit Tops 2008 Category 339<br /> 2,800,116,672 Total Units<br /> 0.5 Cotton Kilos/Garment<br /> 1,400,058,336 Kilos of Cotton Fiber in garment<br /> 1.50 Fiber to Garment <br /> 2,100,087,504 Cotton Fiber Kilos required <br /> 1,681 Kilos per Hectare <br /> 1,249,612 Hectares Required <br /> 4% Failure due to Fiber/Yarn <br />AND THIS IS JUST ONE CATEGORY AND ONE COUNTRY!!!!<br />49,984 Hectares not effectively utilized<br />
  17. 17. Conclusions<br />When offering consumers cotton products which you want to implement sustainable practices, you must establish relationships from fiber forward.<br />We must work with our suppliers to improve quality and share the true cost with retailers. Allow retailers the opportunity to accept or deny the impact on the final product price.<br />Often times correct cost are not calculated because we do not assume efficiency gains along the supply chain. But, we know that every weaving, knitting, cutter, and sewing operator recognizes good quality fabric. Therefore, the factors used for risk and waste are over exaggerated.<br />As a supplier, knowing that we play a major role in the success of the final product, we must continuously improve the process and increase the value the final consumer is receiving.<br />We must communicate to the final consumer the value which he has purchased.<br />

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