Cotton is a fibre that we all use in our day to day lives. It is a soft, fluffy fibre made of cellulose that grows in a protective case, around the seed of the cotton plant. Available naturally, cotton is an incredibly breathable fabric, so will feel cool against your skin.
Benefits of Cotton
- Temperature regulating
How Does Cotton Regulate my Temperature?
Cotton is a natural fabric that allows your skin to breathe and doesn’t trap heat under the covers. More breathable than oil-based synthetic fabrics, it is designed to keep you cool and dry throughout the night, drawing moisture away from your skin and onto the fabric.
Cotton Thread Count Explained
The thread count of cotton refers to how many threads are woven into one square inch of fabric. The higher the thread count, the higher the quality. Standard cotton has a thread count of around 150. Good quality cotton starts at a thread count of 180. Egyptian cotton uses finer threads, meaning more can be woven into each square inch. This creates a finer, softer and more flexible material1.
There’s nothing worse than finding your favourite duvet cover has started to pill. Pills are balls of tangled fibres that pop up on the material when the fabric rubs against another material. It mainly affects nylon and polyester blends, but cotton does not pill, instead of shedding any pills when washed2.
How is Cotton Hypoallergenic?
100% pure cotton, unique cotton blends and organic cotton is hypoallergenic. It is just as effective as other materials and can be a cheaper alternative3. Irritating synthetic pesticides or chemicals are not used in the growth or production of organic cotton so it is ideal in reducing the risks of allergies and asthma4.
How is Cotton Biodegradable?
Cotton is a natural material that is completely biodegradable. These properties mean that it will break down when put into a composting bin. It is one of the most biodegradable fabrics you can have with some cotton taking as little as a week to biodegrade in compost. Usually, it will take around 5 months. When composting it is recommended that you cut or tear the fabric into small strips and remember to remove any buttons or zippers. It can also be easily reused and recycled and is often used for insulation, upholstery stuffing and carpet padding5.