Improve cotton, improve lives is ECOM Cotton’s vision to build a virtuous cycle that connects the team’s initiatives, innovations and improvements from the farm to the shelf.
Cotton is nature’s fiber and ECOM seeks to promote its survival. ECOM will do this by empowering and enabling everyone who grows, sources and uses cotton to make sure both it and the planet have the best chance for the future. We recognise the unique needs of everyone in the chain and meet them through initiatives that include certifications and traceability systems, thereby ensuring long-term sustainability.
regenagri® Certified Cotton
We’re very excited to be the first cotton trader to be certified regenagri®, an international regenerative agriculture programme. It is an initiative aimed at ensuring the health of land where cotton is grown, and providing wealth to those who inhabit it. In order to achieve this, we have worked with partners to be able to provide regenagri-certified bales.
regenagri® defines itself as a programme that “supports farms and organisations transitioning to holistic farming, increasing soil health, encouraging biodiversity, reducing greenhouse gas emissions and sequestering CO2”. By supporting the programme, we are actively involved in securing the future of agriculture, its products, and their supply chains.
Partnerships restoring the environment
At ECOM, we’re working with farmers, gins, brands, and other stakeholders to restore biodiversity in the soil, the crops and surrounding land.
We operate in Mexican cotton growing regions, such as Chihuahua, where we will focus our efforts for the short/medium term. Our activities focus on solutions to reduce pesticide use, water management, and soil health.
At ECOM Cotton
We are building sustainable and traceable supply chains to give our suppliers and clients - and the planet - the best chance for the future.
With a local presence in almost all major cotton producing markets, we have a breadth of reach and depth of knowledge that enables us to meet the unique needs of farmers, mills and brands across the value chain. Together, we’re finding and implementing solutions.
Cotton at our roots
Starting in 1849 with Jose Esteve Thomas, Cotton is an integral part of the history of ECOM. Jose's son took over the business and travelled extensively to the cotton producing areas of the world, eventually incorporating Roosevelt & Esteve with offices in New York and Savannah in 1889.
As the supply of cotton on the Atlantic coast was more and more consumed by the local industry, part of the family would move to New Orleans and, in 1935, to Brazil. From New Orleans, the family would move again to Dallas and, in 1948, to Mexico. In 1959, the Brazilian operation ventured into coffee and would expand into a global business during the 1980s.
ECOM Cotton in figures
Countries where we source cotton
Volume we handle, bales
Countries we sell to
Cotton trade offices
Our products & services
To meet the diverse needs of our farmers, mills and brands, ECOM Cotton sources and supplies all major categories of cotton
ECOM Cotton is able to provide most kinds of cotton due to our vast sourcing capabilities and regions in which we have a presence.
We also focus on specific certifications such as Better Cotton Initiative (BCI), regenagri®, Responsible Brazilian Cotton program (ABR), US Cotton Trust Protocol (USCTP), my Best Management Practices (myBMP), Regenerative Organic (ROC), Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS), Organic Content Standard (OCS) and Cotton made in Africa (CMiA), amongst others.
Our high quality is backed up by cotton’s international Classification Standards. We use the High Volume Instrument (HVI) classification system, which consists of measurements for fibre length, micronaire, strength, colour, trash, and length uniformity. Besides quality standards and classifications, our portfolio includes several certifications and programmes on sustainable cotton in diverse origins.
90% of the world’s cotton production is Gossypium hirsutum, or upland cotton. It’s native to Central America, Mexico and the Caribbean. Upland cotton is classified through measurements for fiber length, length uniformity, fiber strength, micronaire, colour grade, trash, and leaf grade performed by precise High Volume Instruments.
Long and extra long staple (LS and ELS)
Gossypium barbadense, long or extra long staple cotton, is soft yet strong and resists pilling, wrinkling or fading. Varieties include principally US Pima Egyptian Giza.
Creating a sustainable future for cotton is not about finding a single, one-size-fits-all solution. Our sourcing includes certifications such as organic and regenerative farming that contemplates differentiated agricultural practices and environmental, social and governance practices including water management, traceability and educational projects. We carry cotton with diverse certifications such as Better Cotton (BC), Cotton made in Africa (CMiA), regenagri, Best Management Practices (myBMP), US Trust Protocol (USTP), Brazilian Responsible Cotton (ABR), Regenerative Organic (ROC), Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS), Organic Content Standard (OCS) amongst others.