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Your Questions About Biodegradability Answered

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Society is improving its attitude toward eco-consciousness; and sustainability is a hot topic right now. And though it is a widely used term, there are still misconceptions about what it actually means.

Let’s start with the basics: biodegradability refers to the chemical dissolution of materials by bacteria or other biological means. Basically meaning, nature can break down everything its makes. So what are some common questions about biodegradability?

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Is cotton biodegradable?

Good news! Since cotton is made by nature, it is 100% biodegradable.

 

How long does it take for cotton to degrade?

Good question; it depends. Cotton is biodegradable both anaerobically (without oxygen) and aerobically (with oxygen). When cotton breaks down via anaerobically–in landfills, for example–it happens at a much slower rate than in aerobic

Cotton: The Ever-Improving Industry

Since the beginning, cotton has been a huge player in the agriculture sphere. And in this fast-paced and constantly-evolving world, staying up-to-date with environmental responsibilities is key. So, what about the cotton industry? Trade groups like National Cotton Council of America, Cotton USA, and Cotton Incorporated are asking for support from cotton producers, ginners, warehousers, merchants, cottonseed crushers, and manufacturers to implement their new 10 year plan. Here are some of our goals:

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Decrease Greenhouse Gas Emissions by 39%

Here’s another awesome goal our industry is working together to achieve: decreasing greenhouse gas emissions by 39%. While cotton naturally removes CO2 from the environment during photosynthesis, more focus is being put on actively decreasing emissions in a grand scale. The cotton industry is working in conjunction with the scientific community to create synthetic fertilizers that emit less nitrogen.

Decrease Water Use by 18%

This goal may be amongst the most

Numbers Don’t Lie: Parents’ Preference for Baby Wipes

As a parent, learning about the products you buy for your baby is a top priority; and wipes are amongst the most important baby products to research. Do you know what your wipes are made of?

 

 The Stats

When it comes to baby wipes, parents rightfully have definitive preferences. It’s obvious that cotton has the attributes that parents are looking for, as 77% of consumers choose cotton when it comes to wipes. In a report published by Cotton Incorporated, we learn that numbers don’t lie: cotton is the top choice:

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  • 92% of parents find softness important/88% associate softness with cotton
  • 96% of parents find safety (no irritation) important//85% associate safety with cotton
  • 81% of parents find absorbency important/71% associate absorbency

Composting Cotton

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So you’re thinking of starting a compost pile to reduce your waste. Great! But can you compost cotton? Absolutely!

Since cotton is completely biodegradable, it makes a perfect addition to your compost pile. But first, here are some benefits of composting from the EPA:

  • Enriches soil by helping retain moisture and suppress plant diseases and pests
  • Reduces the need for chemical fertilizers
  • Encourages the products of beneficial bacteria and fungi that break down organic matter to create humus
  • Reduces methane emissions from landfills and lowers your carbon footprints

 

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Composting Cotton

As we mentioned earlier, cotton can absolutely be composted. However, make sure to look for the cotton seal

5 Surprising Facts About Cotton

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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

What You Should Know About Shopping For An Adult Diaper

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Incontinence is a sensitive subject and no one is completely exempt from bladder issues; it can affect anyone, such as athletes, young adults who are postpartum or obese, and seniors. Buying an adult diaper for the first time can be a difficult task if you’re not prepared. Here are some tips to help guide you through the process:

 

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Find Your Size

This may be one of the most important steps. Finding the correct size not only guarantees comfort, but you will also be less likely to have leaks. There are diapers available to accommodate either male or female body parts, as well as unisex choices.

For those that require larger sizes, bariatric briefs are available in sizes XL, XXL, XXXL, and up to 106” waist size.

 

 

Consumer Spotlight: Corman

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Committed to their customer and to the environment, Corman is an Italian, family-owned company with a mission to “excellence in development and manufacturing of feminine hygiene and adult light incontinence products, covering specific niches of the market—hypoallergenic pads, tampons and panty liners, 100% cotton-based, natural, certified organic and biodegradable products.” Through clinical studies and research, Corman has developed products in all of those categories that offer complete protection for women and their sensitive skin.

 

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Why Cotton?

Corman believes in cotton for their products because of the unique fiber structure that creates a breathable and more comfortable surface versus artificial fibers or added chemicals, which often trap moisture and offer less ventilation than cotton containing components. The natural softness of cotton, combined with its hypoallergenic properties, creates a safe and neutral pH for the skin–especially for those with sensitive skin. The belief was further supported in a large clinical study.

The Truth About Organic Cotton

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Organic. We hear this word daily, if not several times a day. Once (and still) a trend in food products, the term organic is starting to gain significant meaning in everyday merchandise like baby wipes, hygiene products, etc. Occasionally, we may hear the term used in the labeling of cotton products.

What exactly is organic cotton?

According to the experts at Barnhardt Natural Fibers, all global certifying bodies would agree that the plant should start with a non-GMO seed and be grown with the use of organically approved pesticides, herbicides and fertilizers.

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What is the difference between organic and non-organic cotton?

Surprisingly, there is not much of a difference between organic and conventional cotton other than in the way that it is grown. However, because it takes more land to yield the same amount of

What’s REALLY in Your Baby’s Diaper?

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What’s Really In Your Baby’s Diaper?

As a parent, your biggest concern is your child’s health. If your child is currently in diapers, the thought of “What’s really in my baby’s diaper?” has crossed your mind recently. The quest for researching ingredients can be overwhelming. But look no further, we have all the information summarized here for you.

First, we must break down the layers of your baby’s diaper:

Top sheet (or Inner Layer): The layer that sits directly on your baby’s skin

Absorbent core: The layer that absorbs the fluids

Waterproof outer shell: The outer materials of the actual diaper

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The two ingredients that are commonly present in most diapers are

Feminine Product Companies with a Mission

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What makes a feminine product company special?

The ingredients they use? Conscious packaging? An important mission?

What about all three?

We did some research and found three companies that provide both high-quality products and environmentally friendly packaging, while also giving back to other women in return.

 

The Honey Pot Company

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The founder of The Honey Pot Company, Beatrice Dixon, created her first feminine wash out of necessity after suffering from bacterial vaginosis for 7 months. With no solution in sight, Dixon decided to take matters into her own hands, formulating a plant-based, coconut oil wash and testing it out for herself. After a few uses, her symptoms cleared and comfort followed. From there, she created her brand The Honey Pot Company; this empowering business offers pads,