History of Cotton: Noone can identify how old cotton really is, but researchers have said it has to be at least 7,000 years old. In 1730 it was first spun by machine.
How Cotton is produced: Cotton is planted, nurtured with fertilizer, protected from weeds and harvested.
Where Cotton comes from: Cotton is produced from the U.S., China, India, Egypt.
Cotton Properties: Adv.- versatile, strong, durable, comfortable, soft, absorbs moisture, cling or pill, dyes easily;
Dis.- not resilient or elastic, wrinkles unless treated, shrinks in hot water unless treated, will mildew, flammable
Uses for Cotton: shirts, sweaters, dresses, jeans, underwear, socks, diapers, towels, sheets, placemats, napkins, curatins,
Cotton Care: Cotton is easily laundered at high temp., can be ironed at high temp.
Cotton concerns: Animal damage- fish in Alabama, Australian livestock, due to contaminated methyl. Farmers and farmersworkers at risk; crop and ecosystems failures.