Submitted to: Meeting Abstract
Publication Type: Abstract Only
Publication Acceptance Date: 2/11/2016
Publication Date: N/A
Technical Abstract: Although the overall use of cotton fiber in modern nonwovens has been limited, certain recent commercial and research developments make the use of cotton and its derivatives more attractive in nonwovens. The commercial developments include the availability of pre-cleaned greige cotton, purified (bleached white) hydrophilic cotton, and even purified hydrophobic cotton for use in various fiber blends for modern nonwovens, especially those for hygienic end-use products and applications. They also include the currently, rapidly growing demand and development of a very versatile hydroentanglement system of producing nonwoven fabrics that more or less look and behave like traditional woven fabrics. The research developments include the many positive outcomes of the research conducted by the Agricultural Research Service of the US Department of Agriculture in New Orleans.