Advancements in Sustainable Cotton

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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

Exploring Ag Robotics

Exploring Robotics in Agriculture
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“Ag robotics” refers to the application of robots in agriculture, often used to automate slow, repetitive, and dull tasks for farmers. The robots, which are often called “agbots” or “agribots” in this context, are autonomous and can help improve efficiency while reducing reliance on manual labor. Common applications include harvesting, picking, and weed control. Continue reading

Barnhardt Says Goodbye to George Hargrove

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On Friday, December 13, colleagues, family, and friends gathered for a luncheon at Myers Park Country Club in Charlotte to celebrate the career of George Hargrove, Barnhardt’s retiring Vice President of Sales and Marketing. Leaving his post after more than 45 years with the company, Hargrove will be remembered as a leader of integrity, always with a word of good cheer and fond of the quite frequent practical joke. Continue reading

Bleached Cotton Is Purified Cotton

Bleached Cotton Is Purified Cotton
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Cotton does not come off the plant ready for commercial use. Rather, it must go through an intensive cleaning and purification process before it is suitable for us in nonwoven applications such as baby wipes, diapers and feminine hygiene products.. In order to rid cotton of potentially hazardous molds, fungi, bacteria, and other contaminants, it must be purified through, what the industry terms as “bleaching” process, often with hydrogen peroxide. Continue reading

Barnhardt Heads West for Hygienix 2019

Barnhardt Heads West for Hygienix 2019
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The Barnhardt team never stops, with a never-ending focus on research and development fueled by our understanding of the markets we serve. Produced by INDA, the annual Hygienix conference, recently held in Houston, Texas, offers our company perhaps the best venue for understanding the needs of manufacturers in the personal care and hygiene sector. Continue reading

National Cotton Council Strengthens Program to Eliminate Plastic Contamination of US Cotton

National Cotton Council Strengthens Program to Eliminate Plastic Contamination of US Cotton
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You may have read in past articles of Barnhardt Natural Fibers initiatives to elevate awareness of extraneous contamination in the US cotton crop, and specifically plastic contamination. As a quick review, the primary origin of plastic contamination comes from one of two sources; John Deere module covers or field cover used when transplanting land from a prior crop requiring black ground cover. Continue reading

The Use of HyDri® Cotton in Feminine Care and Baby Care

The Use of HyDri® Cotton in Feminine Care and Baby Care
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The world of feminine hygiene and baby care products has not always been a happy one. Consumer research (from Cotton Incorporated and other industry stakeholders) has shown that women, many of whom are also mothers, have experienced irritation, painful skin rashes, and even infections from the industry’s use of extruded films and artificial fibers used in topsheet applications for products like panty liners, feminine pads, and diapers. Continue reading

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