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, […]
For many years, cotton has been the fiber of choice for apparel. Textile mills have worked with farmers over time to help reduce contamination going into the apparel market. Now it’s nonwovens’ turn to educate farmers to even more critical requirements.
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 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 […]
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. […]
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? […]
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.
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 […]
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.
For estheticians, single-use cotton wipes are used for skin care all the time. Some women even use them at home to remove make-up. These wipes can be pre-saturated with solution, or they can remain dry. Though there are many options when it comes to cotton wipes, today we wanted to focus on why the natural […]