When you’re looking at a finished cotton product, whether it be a cotton ball or a tampon, you may not be aware of the lengthy journey it took to harvest, process, and finalize the material. So what steps are included in the life cycle of cotton?
- Growing + Harvesting
- Nonwoven manufacturing + Final products
Growing + Harvesting
Early each spring, cotton is planted in the southern half of the United States from California to Virginia. After 10 days, the seed begins to emerge from the soil with some help from heat and water. The average growing season spans over 150-160 day period.
By late autumn,