The 3rd Annual Hygienix™ Absorbent Hygiene and Personal Care Market Conference was held last month in Austin, Texas on November 6-9. The conference was extremely well attended with 530 participants. Attending this year’s conference from Barnhardt were Lewis Barnhardt, President; Ginny Casstevens, Director of Fiber Sales to Nonwovens; Levin Lynch, Account Manager; Chuck Allen, Director of Product Development; and George Hargrove, Vice President of Sales & Marketing. Continue reading
Today we’re excited to announce a new blog series from Barnhardt Manufacturing Company entitled “The Journey of Cotton.” This series will focus on the seven unique steps that it takes to process cotton, starting with the planting of the crop to the point it becomes a specific consumer product. To kick off this new series, we wanted to give brief overviews of each processing step. These overviews only scratch the surface, so this eight-part series will dig deeper into each specific step with more detail.
Here are the seven steps the series will focus on: Continue reading
This past summer we read an excellent article on The Robin Report entitled “Preference for Polyester May Make Fast Fashion Brands Vulnerable,” and here at Barnhardt Purified Cotton we’ve spent a lot of time thinking about it. While the article was written by James Pruden, the Senior Director of Public Relations for Cotton Incorporated, the arguments and stats he offers are compelling—and also worrisome. Continue reading
When comparing purified cotton to unpurified cotton, the obvious difference is in one simple “un.” However, just saying that a fiber is purified or unpurified leaves out a lot of important details. Today we’ll discuss the differences between the two, and why those differences are very important. Continue reading
The movement toward organic products has gained significant traction in the food market, and it’s now gaining traction in additional markets, too; just look at apparel, as well as everyday items like wipes and hygiene products. So why is there a renewed interest in organic products now? Continue reading
The cotton market has experienced some short-term upheaval with Hurricane Harvey impacting south Texas and Louisiana, and then Hurricane Irma impacting parts of the southeastern U.S. While the impact to the citizens of Houston and other areas in south Texas has been horrendous, the impact to the overall U.S. cotton crop has, to this point, been minimal. Continue reading
This month we wanted to shine a customer spotlight on Corman, an Italian, family-owned company that was established by Corrado Mantovani in 1947 as a manufacturer of textile medical devices. Today the company is being led by two of Corrado’s sons, Guido and Giorgio Mantovani.
The company has adapted throughout its 70 years of existence, growing with the ever-changing markets. Corman has expanded from being a local company supplying the Italian market to now supplying their products globally. In the beginning, Corman supplied textile medical devices, but now has expanded into the development and supply of feminine hygiene, light incontinence, baby, and beauty products sold around the globe.
Barnhardt Natural Fibers Group is an active partner of the Cotton LEADS™ program, which only reinforces our commitment to responsibly produced cotton throughout the cotton life cycle. We are joined by over 460 other global leaders throughout the cotton supply chain, including companies like Target, Kohl’s, Brooks Brothers, and, the latest member, Hugo Boss.
The Cotton LEADS™ program is built on core principles that are consistent with sustainability, the use of best practices, and traceability within the supply chain, all of which provide cotton users with the confidence and knowledge that their raw material is responsibly produced and identified.
Today, we will explore five key sustainability initiatives on which Cotton LEADS™ is focused (relative to U.S. grown cotton).
Cotton has been around for a very long time—thousands of years, actually. While cotton was grown and used for fabrics dating back as far as 5500 BC in the Indus Valley region of Asia, cotton fabric dating to 5000 BC has also been found in Mexico. As far as cotton closer to home, it’s believed that cotton was first planted in the U.S. in Florida in 1556. Continue reading