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, […]

Why Cotton Fiber Strength Matters for Your Product

cotton towels

Cotton fiber strength is obviously important when it comes to choosing cotton for your next product. First, you have to determine if cotton, with all of its benefits, is in fact the fiber that will work best for your application. If it is, then you have to determine how strong the cotton needs to be. For example, […]

What is a Micronaire in Cotton, and Why Does it Matter?

Cotton Harvester

One of the more technical terms that comes into play with cotton is the word “micronaire.” While many farmers and manufacturers are probably familiar with this measurement, the layman probably isn’t. But if you’re here—whether as a self-educating consumer or a product developer hoping to learn more about cotton—then understanding what a micronaire is will […]

Fiber Expert – The Butterworth Files: Cotton in Absorbent Structures

Tony Butterworth: Fiber Expert

Our Expert Fiber Man video series features G.A.M. (Tony) Butterworth, who has worked for at least 50 years in nonwoven and absorbent technologies used in consumer, medical, and industrial applications. In the coming months, Tony will be featured in short videos that focus on cotton and its many applications and properties.

Don’t Get “Bamboozled” By False Bamboo Fiber Advertising

Bamboo Forest

As you know by now, around here we talk a lot about “Knowing Your Fibers.” When it comes to bamboo fiber this can be even trickier. Over the last few years, there have been many false claims about consumer products being made of 100% bamboo. If you keep your eye on the Federal Trade Commission’s […]

Fiber Expert – The Butterworth Files: The History of Cotton Safety

Tony Butterworth

Our Expert Fiber Man video series features G.A.M. (Tony) Butterworth, who has worked for at least 50 years in nonwoven and absorbent technologies used in consumer, medical, and industrial applications. In the coming months, Tony will be featured in short videos that focus on cotton and its many applications and properties.

When It Comes To Bleached Cotton, Labels Can Be Misleading

Cotton Label

One of the first things many consumers do when shopping for apparel or home furnishings is read the label to see what fiber a fabric is made from. The government has made this a requirement, per the Textile Fiber Products Identification Act (15 U.S.C.70), the Wool Products Labeling Act (15 U.S.C. 68), the Fur Products […]

For Adult Incontinence, Bleached Cotton Can Be Trusted

Adult Incontinence

Trust. For adult incontinence products, it simply has to start with that word. And no fiber is trusted more by consumers than bleached (purified) cotton. According to this 2012 article on healthcentral.com, there are consumer-driven numbers that back up this obvious preference.