The Evolution of Cotton – Part One

The Evolution of Cotton, Part One

Cotton–there’s nothing quite like it. It’s soft, absorbent, and strong, and it gets stronger in conditions where other fibers wilt from the elements. While other fibers may be important, in the way that silk connotes luxury, or hemp brings to mind toughness, no other fiber, natural or man-made is as interwoven with the human consciousness and condition as cotton. Continue reading

The New and Improved HyDri

The New and Improved HyDri

Barnhardt Manufacturing has delivered the latest breakthrough in purified cotton with the release of its new and improved HyDri®, available in both conventional and organic varieties. 

The home of high-performance purified cotton, Barnhardt has developed a proprietary process for cleaning and purifying cotton fiber without stripping away all of its hydrophobicity. The new and improved HyDri® is the cleanest, purest, and whitest hydrophobic cotton fiber available in the market. Continue reading

Sustainable Cotton Farming

Sustainable Cotton Farming

Last month, we published an article about sustainable cotton and advancements being made by the cotton industry as a whole. Now we’d like to delve more deeply into a sub-topic that deserves a whole article of its own: sustainable cotton farming. The cotton farming industry has experienced huge success over the last several decades with regard to sustainability, use of resources, and technology. 

Let’s take a look at the major areas being targeted in the name of environmental stewardship. Continue reading

Plant-based Ingredients Increasing Role in Nonwovens

“Nonwovens” is a term used to refer to fabrics that are neither woven nor knitted, but rather bonded together by various chemical and mechanical treatments. These fabrics are specially engineered by entangling fiber or filaments mechanically, thermally, or chemically. Nonwovens have a number of applications in fields such as medicine, pharmaceuticals, oil and gas, farming, hygiene, apparel, and more.

Due to the nature of nonwovens, they are often used in disposable products like diapers, wipes, and feminine hygiene products. In recent years, as more people become cognizant of issues like landfill waste and climate change, there have been increasing calls for manufacturers to use more sustainable materials in the production of nonwovens. And to manufacturers’ credit, they are answering these calls. Let’s take a look at some of the plant-based, sustainable ingredients being used in nonwovens on an increasingly large scale. Continue reading

Advancements in Sustainable Cotton

Cotton and sustainability go hand in hand. Not only is cotton a sustainable fiber as a naturally biodegradable, compostable and renewable resource, but also the U.S. cotton industry is making significant efforts to create more sustainable operations around soil, water, energy, land, biotech, and pesticides. Let’s discuss some of these efforts, as well as the meaning of sustainable cotton. Continue reading