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Cotton | The Fabric of Our Lives
Benefits Of Cotton
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Cotton Clothing

Choose the natural choice: look for cotton on the labels of all your favorite clothes and enjoy the benefits of this amazing fiber.

| Cotton is Natural

Cotton is a plant grown from the earth. It starts as a flower and matures into a boll with a fluffy interior, which is spun into the soft fabric we know and love.

| Cotton Breathes

Cotton is soft, absorbent, and breathable. Clothing labels containing at least 60% cotton are considered cotton-rich, and are less likely to be itchy, irritating, stiff, or clingy. Cotton breathes better than oil-based synthetic fabrics like polyester*, so it keeps you cool while you’re working out.

*Source: Marjory Joseph. Introductory Textile Science, 5th Edition, 1984, pp. 358-359.

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Cotton doesn't stink

When you’re cooking dinner, working out, or sitting around the campfire, your clothes are bound to soak in different odors. These odors tend to stick to polyester even after you wash it, but this doesn’t happen with cotton. When you wash cotton, the material releases odorous substances more easily than other fabrics. No more smelly gym clothes*!

*Source: Cotton Incorporated Consumer Textile Research on Negative Textile Issues

| Cotton clothes last longer

Cotton keeps its shape

There is such a thing as too much stretch. The more spandex you add to a garment, the higher your chances of sagging, bagging and stretching out. Keep your clothes from getting bent out of shape by looking for less than 5% spandex on the label.

Check out our Cotton Shrinking and Stretching Care Tips

| Cotton is Easy to Maintain

Cotton is Easy to Wash

Cotton is easier to wash and care for than other fabrics, so let your washing machine do your dirty work and enjoy the money you’ll save on dry cleaning. If you have a tough stain, check out our stain removal tips.

Check out our Cotton Care Tips section

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Pilling Isn’t a Problem

Ever wash your favorite sweater and find pilling once you take it out of the dryer? Pills are pesky balls of tangled fibers that pop up on your clothes when the fabric rubs against itself or another material. Once nylon, polyester and blends pill, it’s permanent, while cotton sheds any pills in the wash. So if you want your clothes to stay smooth, check the label before you buy.

| Check the Label for Cotton

Check the fiber content label on the clothes you buy—it’s usually sewn on the inside seam of clothes. Apparel should have at least 60% cotton (this way you’ll reap the benefits of cotton), jeans should have 90% or more, and sheets and towels should be 100% cotton.

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