It would certainly be nice if cotton came to us purified and ready to use, right out of the field. But this simply isn’t reality. Freshly-picked cotton has roughly 650,000 harmful colony-forming units (CFUs) within it; this means natural cotton, straight from the field, is filled with molds, fungi, bacteria, and other impurities. Thus, it […]
In the world of fibers, certain terms are used loosely, especially in product marketing. The term “natural fiber” is such a term, and its meaning has been stretched in the last several years to include some fibers, such as viscose rayon, that don’t hold up well as natural fibers when submitted to credible scrutiny.
When considering the type of cotton to be used in applications such as nonwovens going into hygiene products, there are several considerations including the use of purified cotton or mechanically cleaned and sterilized cotton. While purified cotton going into hygiene products is mechanically cleaned much like nonpurified cotton, that’s where the similarities end. Let’s take […]
It takes a lot of work and processing to bring raw, field cotton from the farmland to our homes, in its final form in a variety of products ranging from clothing and linens to nonwoven products like feminine hygiene and baby care. In the course of reading about cotton at any point in the supply […]
More and more in the marketplace, consumers see a variety of cotton products across multiple product categories. In the last decade, we’ve seen a rise in products marketed as made with organic cotton. Since cotton is a natural fiber, what makes organic cotton any different? Here are the facts about organic cotton that you need […]
In one of our articles from this past summer, we discussed several influences on the price of cotton worldwide, including the commodities markets and several factors related to the grading and classification of cotton based on quality. Among the factors considered for measuring quality and determining class in a universal sense that’s unbiased by the […]
In a recent post “What Determines the Price of Cotton,” we discussed how cotton’s value or price is determined by a variety of factors, but perhaps most of all by how it’s graded according to USDA standards for classification. The USDA uses standardized procedures for evaluating the physical attributes of raw cotton in order to […]
As the appeal of more natural products continues to grow around the world, demand for US grown cotton leads the way. With that growing demand, however, comes responsibility. Responsibility means continuing to provide the world’s premium cotton. US cotton growers have long prided themselves as offering the first fruits of a world class supply chain, […]