Barnhardt Cotton’s Circle of Life

As an all-natural, biodegradable fiber, Barnhardt cotton goes through a circle of life that begins and ends with the earth. Today, we’ll take a look at each step in this natural life cycle.   Step 1: Growth Cotton is born from nature’s combination of soil, water, and sunlight. Thanks to innovative cotton farmers and agricultural […]

Processing Cotton Continues: Prepping for and Processing at the Cotton Gin

In part one of our Processing Cotton series, we discussed Barnhardt Manufacturing Company’s commitment to delivering safe and sustainable cotton-containing products by forging personal relationships throughout the supply chain that begin with farmers that share our vision for quality and continuous improvement in energy, soil and water conservation. 

How It’s Made: Cotton and Thermal Bonded Nonwovens

thermal bonded nonwovens

Thermal bonded nonwovens are fabrics produced by using heat to melt thermoplastic powders or fibers (polyester, polypropylene, etc.). Since the bulk of thermal bonded nonwovens are produced using fibers, today we’ll spend some time discussing them. There are a number of ways to apply heat to the fibers. At the point where two or more fibers […]

How It’s Made: Purified Cotton in Needlepunch

needlepunching process

Continuing our “How It’s Made Series,” today we’ll discuss how nonwoven needlepunch fabrics are made from webs of fibers (to see the web-making process, check out our carding/airlaid blog post). In the case of needlepunch, some of the fibers have been driven through the web by—yep, you guessed it—barbed needles. This gives the webs strength […]

How It’s Made: Purified Cotton in Hydroentangled Topsheets


When consumers hear the words “diaper” or “feminine pad” they expect these products to do their ultimate jobs—wick and absorb. Consumers rarely think about how they do it. They don’t think about the components of diapers or pads, but if they did they would be instant fans of the hydroentangled topsheet.