The Cotton Mark is a registered trademark launched by South African cotton producers in 1985 as a quality mark for cotton merchandise.
Since then the Cotton Mark has been granted to many of the important players in the cotton supply chain. The mark has become a true standard against which all cotton produce is measured. When funds allow, Cotton SA executes marketing, promotional and educational campaigns in print and electronic trade and consumer media, point-of-sale campaigns and competitions. In the past we have also awarded players in the cotton industry for excellence in the coveted annual Cotton SA awards.
The certifying mark for pure cotton. When an item carries this mark, it has complied with the minimum specifications and is manufactured from pure cotton.
The certifying mark for cotton blends. This mark guarantees that the item on which it appears has complied with the minimum specifications and is manufactured from a cotton blend.
AIMS & BENEFITS
- To enable the consumer to identify quality locally manufactured or imported cotton goods.
- To inform the consumer about the quality and inherent characteristics contained in cotton merchandise
- To create a selling point for the merchandise of authorised Cotton Mark users
- To share in the promotional and marketing campaigns by creating national awareness among consumers and trade
- The use of a registered trade mark which is protected by South African law
- Using the Cotton Mark contribute to the socio-economical upliftment of people living on marginal agricultural land
COTTON MARK REQUIREMENTS & GENERAL INFORMATION
The Cotton Certification Scheme requires the following minimum cotton content:
Pure Cotton Mark:
85% for socks
Cotton Blend Mark:
WHO MAY APPLY?
Any South African textile manufacturer, clothing manufacturer, retailer or personal and homecare product manufacturer may apply to become an authorised user of the Cotton Mark and Cotton Blend mark.
WHICH ITEMS MAY BEAR THE COTTON MARK?
Any cotton product, personal or homecare product that conforms to the stipulated quality and content requirements.
HOW TO APPLY FOR THE MARK?
Submit a fully completed application form, with a once-off registration fee of R 1000-00 (VAT excluded) to Cotton SA.