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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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

purified cotton in topsheets for feminine hygiene products

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