The goal of our Know Your Fibers series is to provide info about different types of fibers for our readers. In this post, we’ll take a look at how nonwovens compare to woven and knit fabrics.
Just by using the word nonwoven, you know a nonwoven fabric is not a woven fabric. It is also not a knit fabric. While production of nonwoven fabrics only requires a few steps, production of woven or knitted fabrics requires that the fibers be made into yarn first—then those yarns must be woven or knitted into fabrics. Conventional textiles like clothing, sheets, towels, upholstery, and curtains are made from woven knitted fabrics.
Let’s look at the different production steps for each respective fabric: Continue reading
19 to 7. Those are today's key numbers, and they refer to the number of processing steps for two key fibers: cotton and rayon. While we've discussed cotton vs. rayon before, for this post we're dialing in specifically on the simple production process for cotton, and the complicated one for rayon. Continue reading
Like most things in the 21st century, farming has evolved. When it comes to cotton, the past 20 years have seen major changes in farming practices to increase overall efficiency. With cotton as popular as ever, this allows farmers to find a balance between mass production and environmental friendliness. Continue reading
Lately, we’ve begun to see a new term tossed around to describe synthetic products. Is a botanical fiber something different from other types of all natural fibers, or is it just more confusing sales jargon designed to draw in an unwitting consumer?
Let’s examine the facts and you can make the decision. Continue reading
It should come as no surprise that women are pretty particular about the feminine hygiene products they use. When it comes to panty liner and feminine pad topsheets, we're also discussing some of the most sensitive areas of the body. While we'll get into the fiber preference statistics in a minute, we'll begin by discussing the difference between Purified Cotton™ and synthetic fibers, since that goes a long way toward explaining customer preference. Continue reading
In the past we've discussed cotton vs. rayon at length, but today we're going to focus on the supply chains of the two fibers. Using the map below, you'll instantly see a huge difference between the two supply chains; one fiber is harvested and converted right here in the good ol' US of A, while the other travels around the world before making its way here. Continue reading
The cotton market has had a wild ride over the 3rd quarter of 2016, especially compared to the mundane trading range of the past 24 months. Coming out of the July 4th holiday, the market prices escalated quickly, mainly from speculative buying, but also from crop concerns around the globe and the projected lowering of world stocks due to smaller acreage and the spelled-out details of the Chinese Reserve Auction. This made raw inputs higher for Barnhardt, but we were able to maintain a level sales price for the 3rd quarter. From the exit of the range on July 8th, the market accelerated from .6581 to .7798 in less than one month’s time, peaking on August 5th. This is not an unusual occurrence, as speculators tinker with the commodity markets. Continue reading
While we often talk about cotton's advantages over rayon, today we wanted to focus specifically on the subject of renewability when discussing the two fibers. While many people know that cotton is natural and rayon is synthetic, what flies under the radar is how different their life cycles actually are. Continue reading
For estheticians, single-use cotton wipes are used for skin care all the time. Some women even use them at home to remove make-up. These wipes can be pre-saturated with solution, or they can remain dry. Though there are many options when it comes to cotton wipes, today we wanted to focus on why the natural fiber is perfect for this particular application. Continue reading
Most men and women have grown up wearing 100% cotton undergarments. The comfort of Purified Cotton™ has been associated with delicate skin uses for a long time because of the soft texture, breathability, and reduced risk of skin irritation. Research conducted by Cotton Incorporated demonstrates that consumers prefer cotton over all other synthetic choices in the market. Continue reading