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 […]

Fact or Fiction: Is Lyocell Really a Botanical Fiber?

lyocell is not an all-natural fiber nor a botanical fiber

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.

Know Your Fibers: The Difference Between Cotton and Polyester

difference between polyester and cotton

In the latest installment of our Know Your Fibers series, we take a look at two fiber stalwarts: cotton and polyester. Most people know that cotton is a natural fiber and polyester is a man-made synthetic fiber. However, these fibers have other differences as well. Today we’ll look at the properties of these two fibers […]

Non-Purified and Purified Genetically Modified Cotton (GMO)

gmo cotton seedling

Today we’ll talk about GMOs, which has obviously been a hot topic over the past few years. Obviously, we’ll focus on GMOs as they pertain to cotton.Let’s start at the most basic level: GMO is the acronym for a Genetically Modified Organism, which means that specific genes have been spliced into the DNA of the […]

Cotton Fiber Glossary

From the field to its arrival at Barnhardt Manufacturing Company, cotton goes through many steps before it arrives at our door. We illustrated the process cotton goes through – from the time it is picked to the time it is purified – in the cotton flow chart diagram below. The blue boxes represent the cotton […]

Q and A: What Is Viscose? What is Rayon?


Viscose has come up a lot in this space in the past. We’ve compared it to purified cotton, and also discussed false labeling claims where viscose rayon was used instead of bamboo. Whether you’re a product developer or a consumer, online search numbers show that people are always eager to have a better understanding of viscose, so today […]

Understanding the USP’s Role in Cotton Fiber Purification

cotton cellulose polymer

Barnhardt Purified Cotton = USP Purified Cotton. At Barnhardt, we go to great lengths to ensure we provide purified cotton fiber of the highest order. By removing as much foreign matter as humanly possible (raw cotton comes with its fair share of field trash), we ensure a final product that meets the highest standards of  quality. Of course, […]