Know Your Fibers: Wovens vs. Nonwovens and Knit Fabrics

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

Why Use Purified Cotton™ in Topsheets for Feminine Hygiene Products

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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

Cotton Supply Chain [Infographic]

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

4th Quarter 2016 Quarterly Cotton Report

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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