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Life Cycle: Cotton Shirt

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david philbert

on 15 April 2010

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David Philbert Life Cycle:
Cotton Shirt Raise and Extract: Growing Cotton Today, the majority of cotton growing is done using machines. Machines called tillers and planters prepare the soil, dig holes for the seeds, and plant them.
Cotton picking machines include pickers and strippers that twist the cotton from its thorny plant.
The only resource needed to make a cotton shirt is cotton. Process: String into Yarn Cotton from the fields arrives in fibers, is condensed into slivers, and then finally into string and yarn.
There have been many advancements in the textile industry, mostly involving the machines that make yarn from cotton.
Air jet and vortex systems have even eliminated the need for mechanical twisting when producing string and yarn.
Manufacture: Weaving Cloth Modern weaving machines still follow the basic method employed by the loom: weaving yarn horizontally with vertical yarn to produce cloth. The twill weave is more sturdy and is used for making denim. Most shirts, however, require the plain weave Uses: Wearing
Repair: Tayloring
Recycle: Yarn Re-Use The most common use of a shirt is wearing.
It is possible to make new fabric from recycled shirts. Reclaiming cotton is a great way to recycle shirts.
Shirts can be repaired with a simple sewing kit or patches. If the rip is small it may not even be noticable.
Disposal: End of a Shirt's Life Shirts ususally end up in landfills if they are disposed.
Because they are made of cotton, shirts are somewhat biodegradable. Sources: Loughborough University. "Life Cycle Assessment." Loughborough University. Loughborough University, Apr.-May 2004. Web. Apr.-May 2010. <http://lboro.ac.uk/>.
National Cotton Council of America. "Cotton: From Field to Fabric- Introduction." National Cotton Council of America. National Cotton Council of America, July-Aug. 2007. Web. 13 Apr. 2010. <http://www.cotton.org/pubs/cottoncounts/fieldtofabric/index.cfm>.
Smith, Penny, and Lorrie Mack. "Cotton T-Shirt." See How It's Made: Clothes, Toys, Shoes, Food, Drinks, Skateboards. London: DK Pub., 2007. 48-51. Print.
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