Types of Cotton
Carding is a step in the refinement process which removes impurities from the cotton, untangles the cotton fibres and readies it for spinning.
Combed cotton is carded cotton that has been further refined and combed to separate the long, desirable fibres from the shorter fibres and impurities in the cotton. This creates a finer yarn resulting in a stronger, smoother product.
Long Staple Cotton
Long staple cottons are superior to other cottons because they have fine, long fibres that can be spun to make softer, silkier and more durable textile products. Products made from long staple cottons are less prone to linting and shedding. Supima and Egyptian cottons are examples of Long Staple Cottons.
Supima Cotton is one of the world`s finest cottons. It is superior to other cotton because it has fine, long fibres that can be spun to make softer, silkier and more durable textile products. The Supima Trademark is the consumer`s guarantee that the product is made exclusively from American Pima Cotton.
Egyptian cotton, grown in the Nile River Valley, is long fibred cotton that can be spun into a fine yarn. The result is a beautifully soft, absorbent and highly durable product.
Organic cotton is grown using methods and materials that have a low impact on the environment. The reduction in the use of chemicals in production make organic cotton towels a better option for people with sensitive skin, allergies or irritations. The result is a soft, durable and pure towel developed in an environmentally friendly manner.
The high growth rate of bamboo and its ability to survive in many different climates make it a sustainable resource. Bamboo fibre is light weight, extremely absorbent and has natural anti-microbial features. The fibre is naturally smooth and consequently less irritable to sensitive skin. The result is a highly absorbent towel that offers natural anti-microbial features keeping it fresh for longer.
Zero Twist Cotton
Zero Twist yarn has very low or no twist to it and can only be constructed from long staple cotton. The lack of twist in the yarn allows the cotton fibres to open up letting air reach the inner parts of the yarn more quickly. This increases its absorbency and reduces the time it takes to dry. The result is a plush, absorbent and fast-drying towel with the ability to absorb up to four times more moisture by weight than conventional towels.
The yarn used in Zerotech products has been spun using an additional reverse twisting process which secures the fibres whilst also creating air spaces in the yarn similar to that of hollow yarn towels. These air spaces allow air to reach the inner parts of the yarn more quickly increasing its absorbency and reducing the time it takes to dry. The resulting product is highly absorbent, durable and soft.