Cotton as a cloth material is highly respected and rated. At Linen & Moore, we stock a large variety of cotton products all with different uses and purposes. There are many features about the material that contribute to it being so sought after. Durable, breathable, insulating and comfortable, cotton is the go-to choice of material for most clothes and linen. In this blog, we have compiled a list of our top ten interesting facts about this popular and special material below.


• Cotton can absorb up to 27 times its own weight in water. Not only making it a great material for towels and cloths, its absorbency makes it highly valuable within the medical industry.


• The first light bulb manufactured by Thomas Edison in the late 1800s used a cotton thread filament.


• American paper dollars are a blend of 75% cotton and %25 linen. Who would have guessed it.

dollar bill

• Cotton is completely sustainable, biodegradable and renewable. Cotton is not only used for fabric, but the seed is also used for vegetable oil, margarine and other human food items. The rest of the plant is given as animal food. Is there anything that cotton can't do?


• Cotton fibres are used in the medical industry for the manufacture of bandages and cotton swabs. This makes cotton, quite literally a life-saver. 


• With both types of reproductive organs, cotton is able to perform self-pollination in the case that bee-induced pollination is not possible. What a clever plant!

Bee pollenating


• The word “cotton” comes from the Arabic word “kutun” or “qutun”. Produced in more than 100 countries in the world, 80% of cotton contribution is from 6 countries: India, China, Pakistan, USA, Brazil and Uzbekistan.


• The first use of cotton can be traced to over 7,000 years ago. This makes it one of the oldest known fibres. "Old is gold", while cotton may not cost as much as gold, its versatility and the importance of its use in our lives certainly makes it a highly valuable material across the globe.

cotton plants


• An excellent insulator, cotton is a great choice for keeping cool in the heat or staying warm in the cold.


• Cotton is hypoallergenic and is advised by doctors and medical experts globally for those with allergies and sensitive skin. Could cotton BE any more perfect?


With these mind-blowing facts, cotton could be argued to be the best material for a host of products. With its versatility, durability and sustainability cotton is quite simply spectacular. At Linen & Moore, we have a large selection of cotton products for hotels of all sizes and healthcare organisations. Visit our online store today and view our latest products and offers. 

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