Cotton: A Sustainable Material for Textile Products

Cotton, or Gossypium, a flowering plant cultivated in warmer climates such as in India, the US, China, and Brazil, is in high demand as it globally is the largest natural fiber used for textile products. Cotton is an environmentally friendly option for textile products due to its sustainable, renewable, and biodegradable characteristics.

Cotton is extremely heat-tolerant and requires less excessive amounts of water for harvesting compared to many other high demand crops. For example, especially in the US, more than half of the water supply used for growing cotton comes from natural rainfall rather than a form of irrigation. Over time, cotton producers are becoming more and more efficient by reducing usage of water, pesticides, and land. Cotton's natural properties makes it both a functional and appealing ingredient to manufacturers and consumers alike. 

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Top reasons to purchase cotton products

Products derived from cotton material include bed linens, blankets, towels, curtains, clothing, and so on. Cotton products have many positive properties, resulting in high demand for the material. Advantages of cotton products include the following:  Comfort - Cotton is super comfy since it’s a soft fabric that is easy to stretch and breathable. This makes it perfect for clothing, linen and blankets. Weatherproof & Moisture Controlling - Cotton is used to produce weatherproof clothes while still retaining its comfortable feeling. This breathable fabric controls moisture through its absorbent abilities and functions like a towel as it is able to remove liquids from the skin. This makes cotton perfect for activewear.  Hypoallergenic - Cotton is a hypoallergenic material. Cotton fabric is highly recommended for individuals who experience allergic reactions and skin allergies since it does not irritate skin. This makes cotton popular for medical use as well such as for cotton balls, gauze pads, and bandages. Insulation - Cotton is a perfect material for all types of weather conditions. During the summertime, clothing made of cotton is able to protect against heat and keep moisture away from the skin. During the wintertime, cotton provides thermal insulation, thus protecting against the cold weather. Cotton’s ability to allow for air circulation makes it a functional insulator.  Durability - Cotton is an extremely strong and durable material that does not rip easily. When cotton material is wet, it is even stronger by about 20 to 30 percent, allowing it to last for a long period of time.

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