Why Use Purified Cotton™ in Topsheets for Feminine Hygiene Products

purified cotton in topsheets for feminine hygiene products

It should come as no surprise that women are pretty particular about the feminine hygiene products they use. When it comes to panty liner and feminine pad topsheets, we’re also discussing some of the most sensitive areas of the body. While we’ll get into the fiber preference statistics in a minute, we’ll begin by discussing […]

Cotton Supply Chain [Infographic]

In the past we’ve discussed cotton vs. rayon at length, but today we’re going to focus on the supply chains of the two fibers. Using the map below, you’ll instantly see a huge difference between the two supply chains; one fiber is harvested and converted right here in the good ol’ US of A, while […]

4th Quarter 2016 Quarterly Cotton Report


The cotton market has had a wild ride over the 3rd quarter of 2016, especially compared to the mundane trading range of the past 24 months. Coming out of the July 4th holiday, the market prices escalated quickly, mainly from speculative buying, but also from crop concerns around the globe and the projected lowering of […]

Why Purified Cotton in Baby Wipes?

Why Purified Cotton in Baby Wipes?

Cotton has long been associated with durable products used for washing, bathing, and cleaning our skin. Have you ever used a polyester washcloth or a rayon washcloth? In all probability you haven’t—and there are reasons you haven’t. So we wash with a cotton washcloth and then we dry off with, of course, a cotton towel […]

The Case for Blending Purified Cotton in Nonwovens

purified cotton blends

100% purified cotton nonwoven fabrics can be produced using many manufacturing platforms: they can be hydroentangled (spunlaced), needlepunched, and chemical bonded to form 100% cotton fabrics. In fact, there are many applications where these fabrics can be used in products like wipes and diapers, as well as medical and feminine hygiene products, too. However, there […]

The Story of Cotton: How Cotton is Grown, Processed, and Used

facts about cotton

Today, so many products are created from cotton. Since the fiber is pervasive in what we wear, eat, and use on a daily basis, it’s easy to forget that it comes from a crop, and must be harvested each and every year to meet worldwide demand. Cotton has been cultivated for over 5,000 years, and […]

Barnhardt 1st Quarter 2016 Cotton Report

Cotton field in summer

The U.S. textile mills are projected to use 3.6 million bales from the 2015 crop, which is an increase of 25,000 bales from the 2014 crop—and the fourth consecutive year that cotton consumption in the US has increased. The U.S. cotton production in 2015 finished just shy of 13.0 million bales (at 12.9 million bales). […]

Nonwoven Fabric Manufacturing Process: Air/Dry Laid and Carding

Nonwoven cotton production

For nonwoven fabric manufacturing, purified cotton webs can be formed using two processes. These processes are known as carding and airlaid/drylaid. First, purified cotton is packaged in approximately 500-pound bales where the fiber is densely compressed. These bales are how the fiber arrives at the nonwoven fabric plants. The bales are opened and the tightly […]