Ever hear of a rag picker? Not that long ago, people earned a living collecting discarded clothing that could be re-processed into a variety of "up-cycled" yarn types. The down cycled product of 'rag picking' was white paper, made largely from discarded white cottons. The very best papers still have "rag content" around 25% or higher.
Bandages too were made of recycled white clothing and linens. In fact, it was only in response to WWI-era shortages of white cotton fiber bandages that bleached wood fiber "tissue" was introduced as a substitute for cotton bandaging. Once non-woven battings became inexpensive to produce from wood cellulose, clothing scraps were destined for the landfill. Later, non-woven "paper" products came to be made with petrochemical feedstock as well: enter the super-absorbant diaper.
Congradulations to Jimtex, for taking the progressive step backward: turning a waste that was once a feedstock back into a commercial product.
Eco2cottonâ„¢ yarns are offered in solid colors as well as heathers, with hints of multiple colors. Uses include socks, sweaters, t-shirts, hats, fleece, apparel, upholstery, and kitchen and bath textiles pillow fill, non-wovens, sponges, under-carpet pad, automotive sound insulation, and mattresses.