Sustainability: Cotton LEADS Update

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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).

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Why Cotton, Now?

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

New Report Focuses on How Viscose Production Is Polluting Freshwater Resources

Viscose Production Pollutes Freshwater

As our global population continues to grow and our natural resources become increasingly tighter, global entities that are concerned with how our resources are squandered, misused, or even misinterpreted have been created to make our global citizenry aware. One such organization is the Changing Markets Foundation, which was established “to accelerate and scale up solutions to sustainability challenges by leveraging the power of markets.” How does such an organization affect consumer preference? They do so by “creating and supporting campaigns that shift market share away from unsustainable products and companies.” Continue reading

​Answering All of Your Cotton Biodegradability Questions

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Though “biodegradable” is a widely used term, there are many misconceptions about what it actually means. First, let’s start with the basics: biodegradability refers to the chemical dissolution of materials by bacteria or other biological means. Here’s another way to approach this concept: nature can biodegrade everything it makes back to its basic building blocks. Now, let’s answer a few questions as it pertains to fibers: Continue reading

2nd Qtr. 2017 Cotton Economic Forecast

Barnhardt Cotton discusses the 2017 Cotton Economic Forecast

Thus far in 2017, cotton prices have increased versus year ago or even two years ago prices, but are very comparable to 2014 prices. So the question becomes, why have cotton prices increased in 2017?

As is usually the case, the answer comes back to supply and demand, or is it supply and perceived demand? We will try to answer that question here. Continue reading

Barnhardt’s UltraClean ® Cotton Products Are Now BioPreferred ®

Barnhardt Cotton's Ultraclean comber is now biopreferred®!

At Barnhardt Natural Fibers Group, we enjoy getting emails from the USDA. When they get in touch it’s usually for a specific reason: to let us know one of our products can now use the USDA-certified Biobased Product Label. In their latest communication, the USDA let us know that our UltraClean ® Comber and UltraClean ® Organic Comber products have, in fact, earned the BioPreferred ® distinction. We consider this an honor for our company—and a boon for cotton customers. Continue reading

INDEX 2017 Recap

Barnhardt Cotton at the INDEX 2017 Conference

The Barnhardt Purified Cotton™ team attended the INDEX 2017 Conference in Geneva, Switzerland, April 4–7. Lewis Barnhardt, President/COO, Tom Robinson, Director of Operations, George Hargrove, VP Sales & Marketing, Ginny Casstevens, Director of Cotton Fiber Sales for Nonwovens, and Levin Lynch, Purified Cotton Sales, all attended the conference, representing Barnhardt. Continue reading

What Is In My Tampon?

Women Body Care Tampon Cotton Hygiene | Barnhardt Cotton

Consumer product purchases usually require minimal thought beyond a sense of “running out” and a need to replenish. The more specific the need, for example, feminine hygiene products, the more factors enter into the purchasing decision, factors such as reliability, protection and discretion, together with perceptions of safety, convenience and comfort. Brand loyalty is strong in this category. However, when asked to describe the content of a feminine hygiene product such as a tampon, consumers know what they want (it’s cotton, isn’t it?) and what they expect to experience, but do not know how these benefits are delivered and by what ingredients.

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