Cotton is a natural material of plant origin. Unlike synthetic products, cotton clothing is nice to wear, it comfortably and easily. Clothing and home textiles made of cotton have, probably, each person on our plan. But what do we know about this plant and the global industry of cotton? We won’t talk about the hectares and tons, and invite you to read some interesting, in our view, facts about cotton.
1. Cotton is not only the fabric
Most of us know that cotton is used to make cotton fabrics and cotton wool. In fact, its use is much wider. Cotton seeds, which are separated during cotton cleaning, are rich in vegetable fats. They are made from oil, which has found wide application in cosmetology, and also receive cotton flour. Another waste in the production of cotton is the guns, which is used in the production of photographic paper and photographic films, as well as plastics and some paints and varnishes. Husk and other waste from the production of cotton, rich in nutrients, go to the production of animal feed.
2. Cotton is gorgeous flowers
Everyone knows the kind of ripe cotton box before harvesting, but only the people who grow it know how the flowers of this plant look. We offer to look at the flowers of several varieties of cotton, which belongs to the Malvaceae family.
3. Cotton is hugely water absorbent
Cotton fibers have great absorbent properties. Cotton can absorb the amount of water exceeds it by weight 27 times. Therefore cotton is the perfect material for making towels.
4. Cotton roots are like cacti
Since cotton is a denizen of dry regions, its root system is arranged in such a way as to extract from the soil the maximum amount of water. As studies have shown, the roots of this plant can penetrate the soil to a depth of 3 meters.
5. In Asia, it grows faster
In Asia cotton grows faster than anywhere else in the world, and for its cultivation, it takes about 6 months. At the same time in the US, this figure increases up to 8-10 months.
6. Cotton is very profitable
Cotton grows in southern regions with a warm but fairly dry climate. Contrary to popular belief, the cotton cultivation is not only in the developing countries of Asia and Africa. Such an economically developed country as the United States ranked second in the world after China in cotton production and is the leading exporter of this commodity on the world market. The only difference is that in Asia and Africa, the cotton is harvested by hand, and in the United States, Australia, Brazil, and other developed countries to collect used farm equipment.
7. Cotton also “improve” genetics
Tireless genetics, wishing to improve everyone on the planet, conduct your own experiments with cotton. But while they cannot be called successful, and the history of large-scale crops of genetically modified cotton that did not meet the expectations of farmers in India has caused a wave of public outrage.