The Black Book of Cotton.
Cotton prices have gone up by more than half over the course of just a few weeks, and textile manufacturers are forced to raise their prices whilst expanding production to include other materials. The age of the cheap T-shirt is over. A far-fetched fantasy? No; 2011 saw the first cotton shortage, sending international markets into massive turmoil.
This will not remain an isolated incident. A combination of increasing prosperity and exploding populations – particularly in the emerging markets of China and India – will force the pace of durable and comfortable textile demand, with cotton leading the way.
As a result, cotton growing is coming under increasing pressure. The competition for arable land is fierce because of higher demands for food and bio-fuel crops, and the battle is on for the water required for vital irrigation systems. As a result, cotton production is stagnating despite the growing use of genetically modified high-performance plants.
In this riveting book, Andreas Engelhardt, an internationally renowned expert in the field of material production and the textile industry, gives us fascinating insights into the strategies underpinning global textile production, the upshots of which will be felt by each and every one of us – both next to our skin and in our pockets.