There are many benefits of using cotton in product and garment production. Cotton is a widely used natural product and is the worlds most widely used natural fibre. It is mainly grown to produce cloth.
Due to cotton being a natural fibre, it has many benefits over synthetic fibres. Because of the way that it is developed into cloth it is able to offer many properties. Properties such as Moisture Control, Insulation, Comfort, Safety, Hypoallergenic and Weatherproof are all notable benefits of using cotton. Naturally additional treatment to cotton cloth can also be made to add further benefits.
Cotton is able to manage moisture very effectively. Its natural absorbent properties enable the fibre to take moisture away from the skin. This helps prevent moisture from building up between the cotton and the skin. Cotton can hold upto 20% of its weight in liquid before feeling damp.
As cotton is a natural fibre it provides insulation as it is able to trap air in the tiny pockets between the fibres. This has a dual effect in the heat, as the same process is reversed, as the trapped air prevents heat penetration. As cotton is natural it is always soft and comfortable against the skin, whether in the cold winter or the hot summer sun.
The use of cotton products is often recommended for people with skin allergies. Due to the hypoallergenic properties of cotton, it does not irritate the skin. Cotton is often used in medical equipment and is the fibre of choice for use in baby products.
Another benefit of using cotton is the fact that the fibre is very durable, meaning that products made from cotton fibres are durable. The cotton fabric can be woven in many ways (It can even be knitted), but the weaves can be loose or very tight. Tightly woven cotton is used for many purposes, including our facemasks. Tightly woven cotton is made so that the spaces between the fibres is tight, this makes the fabric great for filtering out dust and pollen particles. Cotton has a high tensile strength, making it strong, durable and less likely to rip or tear. It is 30 percent stronger when wet, withstanding many washings in hot water.