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Cotton


Cotton
  • 215 pairs of jeans and 1,217 T-shirts can be made from a bale of cotton.
  • A bale of cotton weighs about 480 pounds.
  • US paper currency is 75 percent cotton lint and 25 percent linen.
  • A bale of cotton can be made into 313,600 dollar bills.
  • Cotton fabric has been used to me clothing since 2200 BC.
  • Scientists at USDA's Agricultural Research Service are creating a new, heat-tolerant fabric by mixing cotton fibers with clay. The combination contton-and-clay product has a heat tolerance of 20-30 degrees Centigrade above that of unbleached cotton.
  • Agricultural researchers in North Carolina have created a cotton-flax denim blend that will make jeans more comfortable to wear in summer. Flax is the fiber used for making linen. The cotton-flax blend naturally absorbs and transfers moisture away from the body and helps keep skin cool. It also allows the fabric to dry faster.