Cotton is the world's oldest natural fibre, dating back some 8,000 years.  With a long history, and an industry including over 300 million farming families there are plenty of interesting facts about cotton that you may not know.

  1. The word ‘cotton’ is derived from ‘qutun’ or ‘kutun’, an Arabic word used to describe any fine textile
  2. In an average year, Australia’s cotton growers produce enough cotton to clothe 500 million people 
  3. Cotton and its by-products are used in the production of a huge range of products including bank notes, margarine, rubber and medical supplies  
  4. There are 43 species of cotton in the world and some cotton grows on trees  
  5. Cotton can absorb up to 27 times its own weight in water  
  6. Cotton is a unique crop in that it is both a food and a fibre 
  7. Cotton dates from at least 7,000 years ago making it one of the world’s oldest known fibres
  8. Naturally coloured cotton varieties in South America have come in shades of red, yellow, beige, chocolate, pink, purple, green, striped like a tiger and even spotted like a leopard 
  9. The first light bulb manufactured by Thomas Edison in the late 1800s used a cotton thread filament
  10. American ‘paper’ money is a blend of 75% cotton and 25% linen

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