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The Cotton 101 Building

Dear Educator:

Cotton is not just in our clothing and home textiles; it’s also in some of the foods we eat and things we use every day, like salad dressing and printed money. Cotton’s importance both as an agricultural commodity in the U.S., and as an oft-used item in our everyday lives, means it’s a vital subject by which to engage students of all ages.

Cotton Incorporated has redesigned this site to encourage students to explore the science and history behind the world’s most popular fiber.

In the Upper School, the Economics building reveals a closer look at the law of supply and demand, and the ways in which it affects all aspects of the cotton production chain. Budding scientists should take a look at the Environmental Science building, which touches on the five important components of the cotton growing process: soil, water, energy, air quality, habitat, and biodiversity.

The Advertising Communications building gives an overview of Cotton Incorporated advertising since the company’s inception 40 years ago. Students can also watch our current commercials for “The Fabric of Our Lives®” campaign, or see the making of one commercial, “From Runway to Everyday,” from idea to execution.

For younger students, Cotton 101 is a great place to start; the Fabrics: Facts and Fables section, as well as the Cotton Fun Facts, are both playful and educating. The Games section uses fun quizzes to teach young students about cotton’s past, present and future.

In the History building, the Historical Timeline is a fun, interactive section showing cotton’s important role in the history of our country. Did you know that the American Industrial Revolution began in Pawtucket, RI when Samuel Slater re-created British spinning machines – to weave cotton?

The Science Building, meanwhile, features some background on how long cotton has been cultivated worldwide, where it’s grown in the states, and the ways in which the U.S. cotton industry is working towards creating edible cottonseed.

We hope you enjoy your visit to Cotton Campus. If you have any questions, or would like to see additional information that’s not included here, please email us.