May 272013
 

cottonMost towels, bathrobes and bath mats are made either partially or completely from cotton, and this versatile fabric has been part of our lives for approximately 5,000 years.

There are four main species of the cotton shrub, which are categorized in terms of the different locations in which they are cultivated and grown. Most cotton produced for commercial use is white, but shrubs that naturally provide green and brown cotton fibers are also found although they are not widely cultivated. As cotton fabric is generally identified by the location in which the shrubs were grown, it’s not unusual for items such as towels and bath robes to be said to be made of, for instance, Egyptian cotton, Turkish cotton or American cotton.

The cultivation of cotton changed during history. Although the USA and Europe implemented mechanical cotton harvesting machines, cotton is still picked by hand in many countries including, among others, India, Egypt and Pakistan.

Organic cotton is becoming more and more popular in this modern day and age, and here, the term “organic” means that the cotton shrub has not been genetically modified and that it has also not been subjected to foreign substances like pesticides. A fair percentage of the organic cotton bathroom items – including both towels and monogrammed towels – are made in Turkey, China, India and Portugal, and these towels generally come in a wide range of colors, like browns, light blues and beiges, and are made of 100% organically grown cotton.

Robes, towels, mats and other bathroom linens can also be made of a mixture of cotton and other fabric like, for instance, the Bamboo washcloths and towels that are made of both bamboo rayon and Egyptian cotton and the Waffle kimono robes that are made of 35% polyester and 65% natural cotton. Other brands are made solely of one highly specific type of cotton like long staple Turkish cotton, American superior Pima cotton, combed Egyptian cotton and fine Egyptian cotton.

Cotton has become an integral part of our everyday life – with the growing and harvesting of cotton now being a multi-million dollar international business – and western civilization probably wouldn’t be able to function quite so well without it.

 

May 082013
 

matsThere’s nothing quite as nice for any bathroom as a quality bath mat. High quality mats come in bamboo, Egyptian cotton, supima, organic and more. But one thing that you’ll find with all the good bath mats is a lack of a rubber backing. It’s a sure sign of quality, because there are a number of problems associated with mats that have rubber backs. What are reasons to avoid rubber backed bathroom mats?

Mats with rubber backings can’t go in the dryer

If you like to throw your bathroom mat in the dryer, chances are you’re ignoring the fact that its rubber backing will eventually deteriorate. You’re probably telling yourself,”I didn’t pay that much for this mat. So it doesn’t matter.”

Change your attitude and invest in a quality bath mat. Purchase one that can be washed and dried with ease. If it looks flat after cleaning, give your bath mat a vigorous shake.

The rubber backing of a bath mat gets moldy over time

Even if you’ve never put your bath mat with a rubber backing in the dryer, you’ve got another problem. Rubber backings get moldy over time. You’re not going to want a mat with a moldy backing. So you’ll throw it out and get a new one. Buy a superior mat instead, and get rid of the mold problem forever.

A rubber backing can discolor your bathroom floor

Your bathroom floors are important. So why buy a bathroom mat that could stain it? A good reason to avoid rubber backed bath mats is because they can discolor your bathroom floor.

Dirt is hard to get out of the rubber of a bath mat

You’ve got small kids, a cat or a dog. Accidents happen, and when urine comes in contact with the rubber backing of a bath mat, you’re headed for trouble. You can try getting rid of the odor with vinegar and water or water and ammonia, but why not just buy a decent bath mat with no rubber backing so that you can wash urine out easily?

Jun 122011
 

towels

It is easy to save money in the kitchen through following the examples of our ancestors. Before paper towels were invented, people would use cotton hand towels to clean messy spills in their homes. In 1931, Scott Paper Company created the first roll of paper towels for use in the kitchen; however, people successfully cleaned spills in their kitchens with bath towels, or soft pieces of terry towels, long before this date.

In 1931, when the first paper towels were introduced, the public scoffed at these frivolous fineries that would create ongoing unnecessary expenses in the home. The act of buying expensive paper sheets to throw away instantly was a luxury that most homes could not afford while their sturdy Egyptian cotton household towels would last for many years. The general public did not embrace the use of paper towels until after World War II.

Modern housewives are misunderstanding the term: kitchen rag. When World War II drew to a close, women were working in war-oriented establishments. As the men came home and retrieved their jobs, females remained employed outside of the home. Many believed that there was little time to hand-wash their messy cloth kitchen rags; however, most people do not hand-wash their bathrobes, bath mats or towels today.

Historically, women did not use rags in their kitchens. Most women took pride in the appearance of their homes and used brand new eco-friendly cotton towels to mop away household spills. Thrifty housewives would purchase one large bathroom towel, tub mat, or absorbent waffle bathrobe and cut these items into sizes that worked for their cleaning needs. Luxurious Turkish bathrobes/towels or kids robes became the new cleaning rags.

Women would keep their soiled kitchen rags in a covered bucket or jar of soapy water that was kept under the kitchen sink. The strong soapy water allowed the towel to refresh between small kitchen uses. Today, many households spend $5.00 each week on rolls of paper towels that are not necessary. Organic cotton spa towels, bathroom towels or hand towels can be used to replace a paper towel habit for hundreds of dollars in savings.

 

Mar 022011
 

cotton

Some folks have plenty reason to say “I wish I was in the land of cotton”, and it’s no coincidence that these are the folks who have not yet discovered the wonderful world of luxury Egyptian cotton bathrobes, hand towels, bath mats and bath towels.

The story of the cotton blossom began in Mexico a little over eight thousand years ago and, at that stage, there was no way that the primitive laborers could know that their efforts would – many, many hundreds of years later – result in the manufacture of such quality items as the luxurious Supima towel, made of 100% American Superior Pima Cotton, and the eco friendly organic towel, which is made of natural cotton to create the perfect bath towel.

Cotton is not, however, only used to make towels, and this versatile fabric is also the main ingredient in bath robes – including kids robes – as well as most kinds of bathroom mat and tubmat.

In the early days, cotton was also cultivated in such exotic places as India, Iran and far Arabia, but it’s a good bet that the early nomadic traders didn’t carry the organic Terry Kimono bathrobe – made of 100% Turkish cotton – the Platinum bathrobe, which is manufactured completely out of Egyptian cotton, or the Waffle bathrobe, complete with monogram, among their trading goods. The popularity of cotton garments slowly spread across Asia, Europe, Africa and both the Americas, but it took Britain’s Industrial Revolution – with its almost instantaneous infusion of mass produced cotton clothing – to make cotton goods accessible to almost every family on earth.

Today cotton is the main ingredient of several different types of material including the striped seersucker, the heavier and ridged corduroy and the highly absorbent terrycloth, which is the basis of almost all towels and bathrobes. Today’s top cotton-producing countries include the Peoples’ Republic of China, the USA and Pakistan, but not all of these countries are able to compete on the same level as those with less developed infrastructures are not able to command as high a price for their cotton as the more well developed third world countries.

None of our favorite soft Turkish bathrobes/towels, tubmats and spa mats would be the same without that magical white fluffy plant known as cotton, and this magical snowy-white plant will continue to be cultivated for decades to come.

 

Jan 252011
 

cotton

Lovers of cotton bath products are on the look out for premium cotton, such as Egyptian or Supima. Premium cotton is better than conventional due to its strength, absorbency and softness, a feeling that becomes even softer after each washing. These towels cost more, but because of their quality, the price is worth it.

Another cotton in the premium category is Turkish cotton. Turkish cotton is a cotton with long fibers, and most are grown in the Aegean area of Turkey.

What is the best way to care for products, such as bath towels or bathrobes, made from Turkish cotton? Wash the towels in warm water with laundry detergent. The best laundry detergent for this type of cotton is natural laundry soap or detergent that is not filled with chemicals. Do not use fabric softener.

With towels, it’s best to place them in the dryer, but feel free to use a lower setting than high. A hint, put a cup of white vinegar in your rinse cycle once a month. The vinegar will remove excess detergent.

Nov 162010
 

Kids Velour Bathrobe

There is a wide variety of clothing for kids on the market today. It’s common to buy your child jeans, t-shirts, pajamas and other typical gear.

But what about kids robes? Robes are not just a comfortable piece of clothing for adults. Children can enjoy them too.

What are the benefits of buying your child a kids robe? There are a variety of benefits, because robes are more than just items to put on after the bath.

Kids robes are perfect for a day at the pool, a day at the beach or just a fun, casual piece of clothing for a lazy weekend at home. What are some of the fabrics that are typical for robes? You’ll find them in terry cloth, velour, cashmere, fleece, cotton, and more.

One of the most comfortable fabrics for robes is velour. Kids robes are very soft and cozy in velour fabrics. Choose kids robes in colors that they would enjoy, such as pink. These robes are always cute and are an easy item for kids to put on themselves. It will be one of their best pieces of clothing. There’s nothing like your favorite robe to slip into every day.

Nov 012010
 

Brazil, which is the largest country in South America and the world’s fifth largest country in geographical area and population is the sixth largest textile producer in the world. The textile industry is analyzed as $51 billion in 2010. In addition the textile industry employs 1.65 million employees and also represents 17.5% of the country’s overall GDP.

Brazil’s textile industry suffered from first increase in the cotton prices, second decline in the world supply, third 20-30% decrease in domestic cotton production due to drought then got hit by the contract defaults. Brazil’s import is expected to reach to 1.38 million bales this year with an increase of 150,000 bales when compared to last year. The 10% tariff put on cotton imports is already damaged the imports. The United States which is the biggest cotton exporter in the world already set the amount of cotton export as 900,000 bales to Brazil.

Cotton Prices Hit the Record High

China which is the biggest producer and consumer of cotton in the world got hit by the decrease in the cotton production this year. In 2009 the cotton output in China was 6.95 million tons, this year it is expected as 6.4 million ton with a deficit of 550,000 tons. According to a recent report the world’s overall cotton production will be 96,000 tons less than the previous forecasts which was 25.06 million tons.

The flood in Pakistan destroyed the 1.1 million acres of land that cotton grows, and then the weather in China affected the crop harvest. After all of these demand increased and supply decreased throughout the world, the cotton prices hit the record of $1.20 a pound in New York. The price of cotton is also expected to gain more value if the domestic and international supplies continue to decrease.

Oct 272010
 

South Africa which is the largest retail market in Africa and 20th in the world is gaining momentum in its retail industry. In 2009 the retail market was in total of $82.7 billion but is expected to grow 5% continuously between 2010 and 2014 periods. In 2014 it is forecasted as $118.7 billion which is almost 44% increase in 5 years in the whole retail market. Since there are shopping centers everywhere and keeps adding, the strong consumer confidence and high public spending helps to analyze the future forecasts. It is expected that clothing, furniture, home textiles, cosmetics and consumer electronics will be the leaders in capturing the highest market share.

Pakistan Will Double Its Imports

In July, 2010 the heavy monsoon rains started and continued till august in Pakistan. It is estimated that more than 2000 people died and over 1 million homes destroyed. Meanwhile the 1.1 million acres of land that cotton grows has been lost. That lost is accounted around 3.5 million bales of cotton. Pakistan, has the population of 170.6 million citizens, which is the world’s fourth biggest producer of cotton will double its 2010-2011 imports on cotton primarily pima cotton. The 52% in textiles export is the biggest number in the country’s overall economy and the textile industry employs 3.5 million employees. The increase in the cotton prices also affected the textile industry as well as Pakistan.

Oct 162010
 

Tanzania which is the fifth cotton producer in Africa, is going to produce genetically-modified cotton or BT cotton. Government and private sector will work co-operatively on credit extensions.

In Tanzania this season the total production is estimated 90.000 tons, by 2014-15 with the help of BT cotton, the total production will be 260.00 tons which triples the overall cotton output.

GM cotton has become widespread in 2007 by covering 15 million hectares or 43% in the whole worlds production area. Mostly BT cotton grows in India and the US, but it can also be found in China, South Africa, Australia, and South America as well. The BT cotton has a substance called BT toxin which protects cotton against herbicides or insecticides.

Oct 112010
 

According to the report of U.S. Department of Agriculture, the US cotton crop production will be 0.2 percent bigger than last months estimate. According to the report the overall production will be 18.87 million bales (1 Bale is around 480 pounds or 218 kilograms), up from the 18.84 million bales estimated in September. When compared with last years harvest season there is a 55% increase in bales production.

Since the weather was good in Texas and Mississippi Delta region the production boosts. Texas is the number one in cotton production domestically. The world output is expected to be 116.7 billion bales.

Oct 082010
 

In China, due to the bad weather, harvest of cotton is delayed, therefore there is a big increase in demand for cotton from textile mills. According to Department of Agriculture, US export increased 54% in upland cotton. China is the biggest buyer with 42%, the most of any country. Fiber prices increased around 61% in the past year.

According to Cotton Advisory Committee the world cotton production is expected to increase 16% to 25.2 million tons this year when compared to last year’s 21.8 million tons.

As the cotton prices are going up, the prices in the finished textile products are also going up. Some of the products affected include clothing, rugs, towels, bath textiles, curtains, and linens. According to a UK based clothing maker, the clothing prices can increase as much as 8% next year. They also added that the companies that have a very good quality line doesn’t want to add polyester-blends to cotton which will decrease the cost but also decreases the quality as well.

Oct 042010
 

First time since 1995 the price of one pound cotton passed 1 dollar. The demand from textile producers outpaced the supply, the global inventories are declining. China which is the leading producer and receiver in the world, may increase its imports due to a 13 percent decline in the cotton production. According to the chairman of Gill & Co. which is a Mumbai based trader, they are expecting a 10 to 15 cents increase in a pound of cotton in the next 15 to 30 days.

Cotton Prices are Doubled in Turkey

Turkey is one of the major towel manufacturers in the market. According to the president of chamber of commerce in turkey, 100% increase in cotton prices affected the textile market very deeply. Towel manufacturers and textile companies are having hard times even in giving prices to their potential customers. According to the president of ATEKS, a Turkish based textile company, white gold (cotton) has a very sharp increase in the world market and the production has to be strengthening in order to get better quality cotton. He also adds that the increase in cotton prices passed the increase in gold prices throughout the world.

Oct 032010
 

Bamboo Towels

Towels are mostly made of cotton fibers. Nowadays, there are different types of fibers being used to manufacture towels, bathrobes, bath mats and bath textiles.

American Upland Cotton: which grows in the South, from Virginia to Oklahoma and Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, and California has short and durable fibers.

Egyptian Cotton: is known with its durability and absorbency. Egyptian cotton has extra long staple length grows in Egypt, which allows to produce luxurious towels worldwide.

Pima Cotton: which is considered as the highest quality cotton among those grows in US. Pima name is given after the Pima Indians who helped to develop this cotton type. This extra long staple cotton provides shiny, durable and firm fiber. Supima is the trademark that appears on products entirely made of pima cotton.

Sea Island Cotton: grows in the West indies and the islands of South Carolina and Georgia coast, known with its long staple and silky texture.

Organic Cotton: grows without using any pesticides, insecticides and defoliants. SKAL certified organic cotton is tested and verified according to international organic farming standards.

Turkish Cotton: grows in the Aegean and southeastern part of Turkey known with its strength and natural shine. The long staple fiber gives durability and softness.

Bamboo Fiber: is gaining popularity in the last 5 years. It is known as highly absorbent, antibacterial, soft and quick drying.

Microfiber: is a blend of polyester and polyamides which is a man made fiber known with its softness.

Linen: is made of fibers of the flax plant which is known with its smoothness and strength.

Oct 032010
 

India which is the second largest exporter in cotton and cotton products such as towels, bathrobes and bath linens is getting a pressure from textile producers. They claim that the increase in demand for cotton already passed the supply and they are afraid of not having enough raw materials for themselves.

Therefore, they put pressure on the government in imposing an export ban on textile, however Indian government already imposed a partial ban but sector representatives are not happy. They say they are having hard times to get enough raw materials for their productions, and they would like from government to impose a ban entirely on export.