The New and Improved HyDri

The New and Improved HyDri
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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
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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

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“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

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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

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