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
Today we’ll point out some specific examples of misleading marketing jargon that targets cotton products, and touch on the ethical dilemma this creates. With cotton’s consumer-preferred status, it’s obvious why some non-cotton product manufacturers have no problem with consumers making the assumption that cotton exists in their products. Continue reading
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.
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