Purified Cotton

Purified Cotton: Our Story

In Spring 2015, Barnhardt Manufacturing Co. debuted the fresh and bright Purified Cotton® campaign.

Yep–that’s us!

processAfter realizing the personal care marketplace had become a gray area to consumers, Barnhardt made it a mission to educate people about the many benefits of cotton and to call out questionable claims made by synthetic fibers. You want to keep it natural, but you also need products that are completely safe and pure. Many products claim to be natural, but how do you know you’re buying a responsible product? That’s where Purified Cotton comes in!

 

How It’s Made

If you’re new to our site, you may be wondering: What exactly is Purified Cotton? Purified Cotton is top-of-the-line cotton that

The Evolution of the Baby Diaper

From safety-pinned cotton squares to diapers lined with a waterproof shower curtain, the evolution of the baby diaper is fairly extensive. Did you know some of the first diapers were made of cotton? Like menstrual products, the demand for transparency and natural fibers is finding its way back into the consumer sphere.

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Diaper cover circa 19th century
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In the late 1800s, infants wore makeshift diapers made of a rectangle sheet of cotton or flannel which was held in place with safety pins. People have always preferred cotton, even back in the day!

 

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Baby with traditional pinned cloth diaper circa 1950s Source: Getty Images

 

Fun Fact: By WWII, the increase of working mothers brought

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 Life Cycle of Cotton

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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?

 

  1. Growing + Harvesting
  2. Ginning
  3. Purification
  4. Finishing
  5. Nonwoven manufacturing + Final products
  6. Afterlife

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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,

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

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,

Tips for Living With a Sensitive Bladder

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What is a Sensitive Bladder?

Everyone knows what the urge to pee feels like, but there are many people that find it hard to control that urge when it hits. No pee dance will hold it in if you’ve got a sensitive bladder. This can lead to an embarrassing moment, but there are a couple of tips we came across that can help you control the urge. Of course, it’s recommended you talk to your doctor if cases of urgency are frequent and impossible to control.  

Tip 1: Stay healthy

Excess weight puts an undue amount of pressure on your bladder, which could cause frequent urination. It’s also important to vary your exercise routine. Daily walks are great, but the pelvic muscles that hold urine in also need to be worked. Daily kegel exercises are a great way to strengthen your pelvic floor.

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Tip 2: Skip the Caffeine

What is a Natural Fiber?

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Last week we talked about synthetic fibers. We dove into the how they basically take plastic pellets and make them into material that then goes into your wipes, your pads, and other things that you wouldn’t think have any plastic in them. Today, we’re going to talk about natural fibers and why your body likes them much better.rsz_natural_fiber

A natural fiber will always come from a plant, animal, or mineral source. Cotton is an example of a plant sourced natural fiber, wool is an example of a natural fiber that comes from an animal, and asbestos is a mineral. Humans have been using natural fibers since civilization began to form, but in modern clothing, feminine hygiene, and beauty products, you’d be hard pressed to find any natural fiber. It’s worth it to take the time to find products containing 100% cotton though.

Want to know why?

  1. Cotton is Less Toxic

You already pay attention to the ingredients

What is a Synthetic Fiber?

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Everyone knows about the fiber you need to be incorporating in your diet, but did you know there are other kinds of fiber that can have an impact on your health?

Fibers are a part of your everyday life, comprising many of the materials that you touch everyday, but not all fibers are created equally. By definition, a fiber is a substance that is longer than it is wider, but when you combine these small substances, you get a variety of useful products.

There are two main types of fibers that you need to be aware of:

-Synthetic Fibers

-Natural Fibers

Today we’re going to talk about synthetic fibers, how they’re made, and how you’re probably using them on a daily basis to care for some of the most sensitive parts of your body.

A synthetic fiber is a man-made fiber derived from oil-based products like plastic. Companies like ExxonMobil, BP, and

Is Your Top Sheet Telling the Truth?

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In many feminine pad commercials, the main emphasis is always on the absorbent core, but there are other parts of the pad that deserve your attention. While a leak-free day is important, the outermost layer of the pad, also known as a top sheet, is touching one of the most sensitive parts of your body. Have you ever thought about what it’s made out of?

The truth is that many products you find on the shelf contain a top sheet constructed out of synthetic fibers. But just what is a synthetic fiber? In short, it’s a man-made textile developed using chemicals. What starts as plastic pellets is eventually broken down into thin strands and woven together to form the top sheet of your pad. While natural fibers like cotton inherently conduct moisture, synthetic fibers are oil-based and tend to trap moisture against the body. Goodbye, freshness!