Get ready for a class in cotton. It was the late 1920s, when Bonds founder, George A. Bond, turned to growing some of the first ever cotton in Australia in New South Wales. By the early 1930s, he’d opened Australia’s first-ever cotton spinning mill in Wentworthville, New South Wales. So, you can see when it comes to cotton, Bonds has history!
FUN FACTS ABOUT AUSSIE COTTON
+ Australia produces 5% of the world’s cotton but is the third largest exporter.
+ An Aussie cotton crop produces enough cotton to clothe 500 million people!
+ Aussie cotton has reduced its use of pesticides by 95% and increased water use efficiency by 42% in the last decade.
+ Aussie cotton is some of the whitest in the world and it’s machine-picked so is contamination-free.
+ Cotton is grown in 152 communities from northern QLD to southern NSW across 1,500 farms, which are mostly family-owned.
+ The industry employs over 10,000 people.
Sustainability has long been a key focus of the Australian cotton industry. Today, Australian cotton growers grow more cotton on less land, with more efficient water use and with less impact on the environment than ever before. The industry is dedicated to becoming a producer and supplier of the most environmentally and socially responsible cotton in the world by investing in research and development and reporting against recognised sustainability indicators.
By partnering with Cotton Australia, the peak body for Australia’s cotton producers, Bonds is also helping to support more than 1,200 cotton farming families across Australia. So by buying one of our Home Grown™ tees you’re not only getting top quality you’re also helping to support our local farmers!
You can read all about Cotton Australia via cottonaustralia.com.au
Keen to learn more? Read our interview with an Aussie farmer here.