What is cotton?
Cotton is made from cotton plants, which makes Cotton one of the most widely used natural fiber in the world.The use of cotton for clothing can be traced several thousand years back in time. There are several different types of cotton. The most useful is the Mexican plantGossypium hirsutum.This one is used precisely for the production of clothing.The cotton fabric is made by plucking small hairs that surround and protect the cotton seed on the cotton plant. Then it is spun into thread or yarn, which is then weaved into textile. It is this seed-wool that we use in the manufacture of yarn and textiles.After the fibers are processed, it consists of almost pure cellulose, which is a natural polymer. China, India and the United States are the three countries in the world where cotton production is highest. Cotton is a very soft material which makes it comfortable to wear. A large part of the cotton we use is sweat absorbing, which makes it very useful. Cotton is also one of the fabrics that dries quickly and is easily ironed.Cotton with its many properties can be used for several different things. Cotton is generally a big part of our everyday life, as cotton is used both for clothes, towels and duvet covers.When it comes to clothing, cotton is most commonly used in T-shirts, jeans, socks and underwear. This is because cotton is a material that is nice to have close to the body.Cotton is distinguished by the fact that it is very durable, breathable, soft and comfortable. Cotton has the disadvantage that it can absorb a lot of water and is therefore not recommended for bl.a. open-air use.
100% degradable cotton
Cotton, like linen and hemp, is 100% biodegradable at the end of its life. However, Cotton is one of the most environmentally demanding crops to be found. The cotton industry today uses more than 25% of world insecticides and 10% of World pesticides. According to the World Health Organization, about 100 people die. 20,000 people in developing countries, as a result of cancer, abortions due to cancer. chemicals that are sprayed onto conventional cotton. Cotton production requires almost 2,500 liters of water for the production of a single T-shirt, which, in turn, puts a big strain on the environment. In the future, we will hopefully see a tax on cotton in areas where there is water shortage such as South Africa and California.There is an increasing market for organic cotton which will mean 0% insecticides, pesticides and other chemicals that will alleviate the high mortality of developing countries.At G&M we have a large selection of cotton and jersey supplied by suppliers from Berlin and Paris. We feel a great responsibility in this area, therefore our cooperation has arisen, with care about the work that helps to produce cotton.
Should you embark on a new project, why not try to sew your own T-shirt and put your very own stamp on it? On the other hand, if you are looking for something new for the home, cotton is perfect for duvet covers, and by sewing your own, you can get exactly the color or pattern you want.
Tips for washing cotton:
Cotton opens at high temperatures and therefore has the best of being washed at 95 degrees so that the soapy water can rinse through the fiber and remove the dirt in the cotton. However, it is important to read the washing instructions! It is different what the individual cotton item can withstand from max. temperature. We have made it easy for you, by that you can see washing instructions on all our products. Cotton can hold for both pressing, rolling, cleaning liquids and ironing at high temperature-however not higher than 200 grader.
You will find a large selection of cotton and jersey fabric right here.