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5 Facts About Pima Cotton That Will Blow Your Mind

Much like coffee, men, or wine – the quality of cotton varies greatly. Peruvian Pima cotton is the world’s finest. Prized for it’s durability, incredible softness, and brilliant luster.

Cotton is one of the world’s most important agricultural crops. It accounts for approximately half of the demand of fabric in the fashion industry. However, from an ethical point of view, conventional cotton is controversial. Both for its impact on the environment and workers in the field.

Conventional cotton uses a substantial amount of pesticides and water to grow. The use of pesticides poses health risks to the people working in the fields, factories, and the surrounding communities. Despite these shocking facts, only about 1% of the cotton grown in the world is organic. In contrast, organic cotton uses 45% less CO2 emissions and 90% less water! More and more brands are using organic cotton in their clothing. However, the fashion industry continues to be overdependent on this unsustainable crop. We at ñuñuy believe this needs to change.

Why We Chose Pima Cotton

We chose Pima cotton for our collection because it’s a resilient, long lasting, and easy to care for cotton. But, it’s also a high-end cotton native to Peru. Where my husband is from! You will be able to feel the difference when you wear a garment made from Pima cotton. To help you understand why this is such an amazing cotton, we’ve compiled a list of facts to highlight why it’s truly the best cotton in the world.

1. It has a very long life span

Most cotton begins to pill (those annoying little balls of tangled fibers that form on your clothing) after about 10 washes. On the other hand, Pima cotton almost never pills. Seriously! This means clothing made from this fabric will stay like new in your closet for many years to come!

2. It’s extremely soft and durable

When you touch clothing made from Pima cotton you will know it! It’s luxuriously soft compared to other cottons. This is because of the extra long staple length. The staple length of conventional cotton is around .5 – .75 inches. The staple length of Pima cotton is 1.375 inches. This is also why it’s highly resistant to pilling.

3. Peru has the perfect growing conditions for Pima cotton

You need exceptional growing conditions to produce exceptional cotton. The coastal valleys in Peru provide this perfect environment. The soil is rich and these valleys have a near perfect temperature due to their proximity to the equator. This all adds up to Peru producing the finest Pima cotton in the world!

Farmer hand picking pima cotton and placing it into his bag

4. Our cotton hand harvested

Unlike most commercial cotton, Peruvian pima cotton is entirely harvested by hand. Not only is this more environmentally sound, it creates a higher quality product. Industrial harvesting tears the cotton fibers. This gives the cotton a yellow hue and creates a scratchy texture that affects the smoothness of the garment. When cotton is hand harvested it results in a brilliant white shade of whole cotton. This allows the Pima cotton the ability to dye beautifully and it feels incredibly soft and smooth against your skin.

5. Cotton is hypoallergenic

It’s an excellent choice for people with skin sensitivities or allergies. It’s also a fantastic way to regulate the body’s temperature. Looking for something to cool you down during the day, but also keep you warm and cozy at night? Cotton is your obvious choice!

It’s easy to see why we chose Peruvian Pima cotton for our collection. These are just a few reasons why we love this cotton so much!

About the Author:

Brittani Velasquez is the owner and founder of ñuñuy. She is a mama of two, a home sewist, and is passionate about sustainable living. Read more about her here.

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