Georgia's Rural Center | Field to Closet Cotton Therapeutics Kickoff Event
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About the Event
Georgia grown cotton is being used to create 100% cotton medical scrubs crafted entirely in the U.S. The cotton for these scrubs, traced from the grower through completion, is spun into yarn at Parkdale Mills in Rabun Gap, Georgia; the yarn is made into material at Hornwood in Lilesville, N.C., and the scrubs are cut and sewn at America Knits in Swainsboro, Georgia. The scrubs are part of an initiative spearheaded by Field to Closet Cotton Therapeutics demonstrating the viability of re-shoring American textile manufacturing using domestic cotton. The project will culminate early this summer when sixteen hospitals in rural Georgia receive sets of the medical scrubs at no cost.
To highlight the initiative, Georgia’s Rural Center, the Center for Rural Prosperity and Innovation, invites you to attend a kickoff event April 9, 11 a.m. at the Georgia Museum of Agriculture in Tifton, Georgia. For those who can’t attend in person, the event will be available via livestream. Media representatives will receive an online press kit on April 7th to preview the details; a question and answer session with key people involved in the project, including one of the cotton growers and representatives from the supply chain manufacturers, as well as Field to Closet and Georgia’s Rural Center.
- The initiative showcases an end-to-end U.S. supply chain from the Georgia grown cotton to the yarn, material, and garment production.
- An all-U.S. supply chain for cotton textiles addresses economic redevelopment in rural communities, supports U.S. cotton growers, and highlights cotton textiles made in the U.S. are achievable and profitable.
- The project recognizes the revitalization of U.S. textile industry hinges on the success of the cotton grower. The Farmer Giveback program, a key component of the initiative, addresses grower success by restructuring the economic distribution to equitably include the grower in the profit from goods sold.
- The scrubs are made from 100 percent cotton, a sustainable, natural fiber.
- Medical scrubs created in an end-to-end US supply chain addresses a market fragility identified in 2020 when supply issues arose due to a majority of PPE, medical apparel, and medical equipment being made in other countries.
- Partners in this initiative include: Georgia’s Rural Center, Field to Closet Cotton Therapeutics, Deltapine®seed, Helena® Agri-Enterprises, and Nutrien Ag Solutions™.