The Journey of Cotton: An Introduction

The Journey of Cotton: How Cotton is Made

Today we’re excited to announce a new blog series from Barnhardt Manufacturing Company entitled “The Journey of Cotton.” This series will focus on the seven unique steps that it takes to process cotton, starting with the planting of the crop to the point it becomes a specific consumer product. To kick off this new series, […]

Sustainability: Cotton LEADS Update

u.s. grown cotton

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 […]

Why Cotton, Now?

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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 […]

​Answering All of Your Cotton Biodegradability Questions

biodegradable cotton

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. […]

Sustainability: Cotton Farming Practices [Infographic]

Like most things in the 21st century, farming has evolved. When it comes to cotton, the past 20 years have seen major changes in farming practices to increase overall efficiency. With cotton as popular as ever, this allows farmers to find a balance between mass production and environmental friendliness.

Sustainability: Renewability of Cotton and Rayon [Infographic]

While we often talk about cotton’s advantages over rayon, today we wanted to focus specifically on the subject of renewability when discussing the two fibers. While many people know that cotton is natural and rayon is synthetic, what flies under the radar is how different their life cycles actually are.

Getting Down and Dirty with Cotton Wipes

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There’s a saying that goes “It’s a dirty job, but somebody’s got to do it.” It’s not hard to imagine that whoever said this was thinking of a cotton wipe—or unfortunately in the process of a terrible job where a cotton wipe was being employed. Think about it: from cleaning up horrible messes to wiping the […]

Debunking Myths About Bleached Cotton Sustainability


There have been claims that growing cotton uses too much water, pesticides, and energy, and that it also takes land away from food crops and reduces air quality. With the advent of modern farming techniques and practices, those myths can be busted. Let’s look at each of them, one by one.

With Cotton LEADS™ Program Cotton Inc. Charts A Path We’ll Follow

Cotton Leads, partner of Barnhardt Purified Cotton

At Barnhardt Natural Fibers Group, we’re excited to announce that we’ve joined the Cotton LEADS™ program. In October of last year, Cotton Australia and Cotton Incorporated released a press release announcing a joint program “to raise awareness of the responsible growing practices among cotton producers in Australia and the United States.”

Recent Test Results On Cotton Compostability


One question we often get about some of our products is regarding cotton compostability. In an effort to shed a light—albeit a somewhat technical one—on cotton’s biodegradability, we wanted to share the results of a test that was conducted in 2010.