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Cotton Fibers

Cotton fiber is utilized to produce a seemingly boundless range of products and commodities. It has, however, historically been most popular as a material for clothing and other textiles due to its softness, absorbency, strength, and dyeability, as well as the ease with which it may be cared for. More recently, many of these same qualities have been responsible for cotton’s introduction into such products as paper, cardboard, medical supplies, plastics, and tire cord. Cottonseed and the oil pressed from it are also in great demand around the world, finding use in a wide assortment of items including cosmetics, margarines, shortenings, and paints.


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