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5 Surprising Facts About Cotton

5 surprising facts about cotton
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Cotton gin

History Lesson

Cotton was grown and used for fabrics dating back as far as 5500 BCE in the Indus Valley region, while cotton fabric dating to 5000 BCE has also been found in Mexico. It is believed that cotton was first planted in Florida in 1556. On October 28, 1793 Eli Whitney applied for a patent of the first cotton gin.

 

 

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Truly Sustainable

Did you know that all of the cotton plant is used after it is harvested?

  • The fiber is used for cotton products
  • Seeds are used for animal feed and cottonseed oil for human use
  • Plant stalks are tilled back into the soil

A History of Menstrual Products

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Since the beginning of time women have had periods.

It can be difficult to imagine Joan of Arc getting her period during a battle or Sojourner Truth fashioning a pad from a rag, but these were the realities women have always had to face. Because of the long-standing stigma about vaginal health and menstruation, there isn’t much documentation about the history of periods until around the 20th century.  

A few ancient cultures forbade menstruating women from touching crops and food out of fear that their flow would spoil it. In some cases, women weren’t even allowed to touch their husbands until their cycle was evidently over. Periods were also closely associated with hysteria, superstition, and uncleanliness, so it’s easy to assume that there weren’t many historical writings done on the subject.

However, there is speculation