March 18, 2011
The age-old cotton plant is going through a number of transformations that are creating demand beyond cotton’s traditional use in apparel and home furnishings, according to Cotton Incorporated CEO Berrye Worsham, speaking before producers at the Cotton and Rice Conservation Tillage Conference in Baton Rouge, La.
In Lubbock, Texas, Texas Tech researches are turning raw cotton into a material that can help soldiers who are victims of chemical warfare. The cotton is cleaned, processed and turned into a thin smooth fabric. When carbon is sandwiched between two cotton layers, the result is a fabric that can be used as wipes by soldiers to absorb chemical toxins. The fabric has been awarded a patent and is being used by the Pentagon.