• Lore Pieters

Fun facts about cotton

Updated: Jan 3, 2019

Cotton, a product used in many of our garments has some interesting features. Find out more about this great fabric!


  • Cotton is not pure white but it is a tannish color. Mother Nature coats cotton with a protective raincoat of oils and waxes so it can’t get wet and rot in the fields. To make it white the fiber has to be purified.

  • Cotton has been around a very long time. Seeds dating back to 450 BC were found in Peru.

  • There are 43 species of cotton in the world and some cotton grows on trees. Vegotex collaborates with and consults third-party certification organizations such as the Better Cotton Initiative, who verify that organic producers meet strict federal regulations, using methods and materials allowed in organic production.

  • Cotton is produced in more than 100 countries all over the world.

  • Many fabrics are made from cotton fiber, such as canvas, corduroy, denim and poplin. Even some fabrics with a very different feel are cotton-made, like velvet with its lush texture, terry cloth used for towels and flannel, used to make shirts and nightwear. What differs is the style of weave and the thickness of the fibers.

  • The cotton plant takes between 180 and 200 days to grow from a plant seed to a mature plant, ready for harvesting.

  • Did you know Euro banknotes are made out of pure cotton fiber? It gives them a long lifespan and a distinct feel.


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