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’re taking a look at two of the dominant fibers used in multiple industry applications: cotton and polyester. Most people know that cotton is a natural fiber and polyester is a man-made, synthetic fiber. These differences are just the beginning, however, so let’s take a […]

Know Your Fibers: Cotton vs. Viscose Rayon

The goal of our Know Your Fibers series is to provide up-to-date educational information  about different types of fibers for our Barnhardt readers. In this post, we’ll take a look at how cotton compares to viscose rayon.

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


Purchasers often compare viscose rayon to cotton products. In previous articles, we’ve compared viscose to purified cotton, and we’ve also discussed false labeling claims, where viscose rayon was used instead of bamboo in fabrics that claimed to be natural.  Whether you’re a product developer or a consumer, you’re probably quite familiar with the historic strengths […]

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: What is Lyocell?

Know Your Fibers: Tencel. Lyocell

Our Know Your Fibers series provides information about different types of fibers for our readers. This quarter, we take a look at lyocell. A Brief History of Lyocell Lyocell is a form of rayon which consists of cellulose fiber made from wood pulp or cotton linter. It was first developed through the pilot stage by (the […]

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 […]