Why Organic Cotton?

why organic cotton

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

Barnhardt 3rd Quarter 2017 Cotton Report

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

Consumer Spotlight: Corman

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.

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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