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Overview

TRUE COTTON FIBER  

True Cotton is a non-scoured, non-bleached 100% natural greige cotton fiber which has been carefully mechanically cleaned to unprecedented levels. Since the cotton fiber has not been chemically altered, the natural waxes and oils remain on the fiber. This allows for exceptional processing characteristics in any textile or nonwovens staple fiber manufacturing scheme.

True Cotton fiber is naturally hydrophobic, which sets it apart from any cotton fiber previously used for consumer goods. 

True Cotton is offered in sterilized form to meet international standards for medical or personal care products. See below *

Cotton (and hence True Cotton) in its natural form has a well known and unique handle unmatched by any other fiber type both dry and wet. In fact, it is the only fiber known that actually increases in strength when in contact with water. True Cotton in particular is very soft.

Cotton (and hence True Cotton) is hypoallergenic.

 

True Cotton PROCESS

True Cotton is made with a breakthrough dry process which utilizes zero water, chemicals, or process heat. We know of no other process that has ever been able to achieve this level of purified cotton cellulose without the use of caustic chemicals. These unique characteristics give True Cotton an unparalleled sustainability profile and the opportunity for highly desirable marketing programs.

The True Cotton process is able to remove 99.99+% of trash from the cotton fibers while opening the fiber for easy processability.

The True Cotton processing facilities are certified to ISO:9000 standards.

 

True Cotton MARKETING ADVANTAGES

True Cotton is highly price competitive, consumer preferred, naturally biodegradable, compostable, recyclable, and annually renewable

Cotton is the one of the only available fibers which is allowed by the Federal Trade Commission to advertise itself  as "natural" and allows marketers to utilize the coveted Seal of Cotton.

True Cotton has been certified to the strictest most coveted textile environmental and safety standard, Oeko-Tex Standard 100

 

True Cotton is available made with organic cotton and is certified to manufacture and handle organic products throught the Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS)

 

True Cotton was the first cotton product to acquire the new USDA BioBased certification.

 

 

BACKGROUND

True Cotton is the direct result of a technology developed through cotton ginning and cleaning theories that the TJ Beall Company developed over 80 years of growing and ginning lint cotton. The True Cotton process utilizes machinery from various different realms of the fiber processing industries. This process was developed to solve an age old problem of the nonwovens industry’s limited options for using natural cotton fibers, namely scoured and bleached cotton.

Scoured and bleached cotton causes many issues for nonwovens manufacturers and limits its use due to processing efficiencies and simple economics. TJ Beall Company has since then entered the nonwovens market and worked with industries to derive the appropriate questions and deliver appropriate responses in order to provide textile-related industry with a novel type of natural fiber that is economical, preferred by consumers, and is safe enough for even the most stringent medical end use requirements.

Now that the technical and quality control criteria have been met, the True Cotton fiber, fabric and functionality work has commenced. TJ Beall has collaborated closely with the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) to answer the most pertinent questions about this new material and its implications in nonwoven end uses. TJ Beall also has close ties with Cotton Incorporated on how to spread this message to the consumer and the nonwovens industry.

Now that the obvious processing benefits, economic benefits and the unparalleled sustainability profile are understood, TJ Beall has begun extensive research into nonwoven fabric design and application, specifically investigating and testing cotton containing nonwoven fabrics. Surprising streams of data have resulted from this research, especially in regard to diaper fluid management and novel wound care properties. Various presentations have been made both in the USA and overseas at the leading international conferences relating to findings in these areas. Please contact us for further information.

TJ Beall is continuously looking to partner with nonwovens industry manufacturers, converters and brand owners to create new differentiated nonwovens products made from natural materials and sourced from the most sustainable agricultural system in the world. T J Beall can truly offer the natural solution for nonwovens.

 

BASIC PROPERTIES OF TRUE COTTON

TENSILE STRENGTH 44.000- 109,000 psi
BREAKING ELONGATION 3-9.5%
BREAKING TENACITY Dry: 3.0-4.9gf/den; Wet: 3.3-6.7gf/den
ELASTIC RECOVERY 74% recovery after 2% elongation; 45% recovery after 5% elongation
FIBER FINENESS 135-230 millitex
FIBER MICRONAIRE 3.8-5.2
UNIFORMITY INDEX 77-85%
AVERAGE STIFFNESS 5.7-60gf/den
SPECIFIC GRAVITY 1.27
MOISTURE REGAIN 7%
SURFACE FINISH None – Fiber has natural lubricants for processing
MOISTURE ABSORBENCY 24-27% at 95% relative humidity
EFFECTS OF HEAT Highly resistant to high temperatures. Cotton does not melt, chars at 218 degrees Celsius
HEAT SHRINKAGE None
EFFECTS OF ACIDS Degradation apparent from hot dilute acids or cold concentrated acids
EFFECTS OF ALKALIS Swelling occurs in sodium hydroxide but with no other basic changes
EFFECTS OF ORGANIC SOLVENTS Resistant to most industrial and household solvents
EFFECTS OF OTHER CHEMICALS Bleached by hypochlorites and hydrogen peroxide; oxidizes into oxycellulose
EFFECTS OF SUNLIGHT Excellent resistance to UV
EFFECTS OF STERILIZATION Readily sterilizable
HYDROPHILICITY/HYDROPHOBICITY OF FIBER Hydrophobic
OPTICAL WHITENERS Absent
Oeko-tex STANDARD 100; CLASS 1 Fully complies

For further technical data on visible foreign matter and dust levels, please contact Lawson Gary at the T J Beall Company

 

* Assessments of sterilized goods taking bioburdens and packaging into account follow BS EN ISO 1117-1:2006+A1:2013 and BS EN ISO 1117-2:2013 for Gamma and Ebeam methods and BS EN ISO 11135-1:2007 for ethylene oxide (ETO) sterilization methods.   American (ANSI) standards are taken from these European procedures as ANSI is a member of ISO. Please contact us for further information on the benefits of sterile greige cotton.