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The Very Long Journey Of A Cotton T-Shirt Before The Fabric Is Even Woven

Over at NPR’s Planet Money, they’ve had a dream for a few years now. That dream: to make a t-shirt for their listeners, and sell it to them. Not just to design and make a t-shirt, but to follow the entire supply chain from the cotton farm to the final silk-screening. This year, they finally achieved that glorious and nerdy dream. [More]

Rising Cotton Costs Make Paper Money More Expensive To Print

Rising Cotton Costs Make Paper Money More Expensive To Print

Even though it’s referred to as “paper” money, most of the material used to produce U.S. banknotes is actually cotton. And with raw cotton costs at a 140-year high, it’s costing more money to print money. [More]

Analyst: Material, Labor Costs Increases Will Inflate Clothing Prices

Analyst: Material, Labor Costs Increases Will Inflate Clothing Prices

Clothing prices have dropped for years thanks to cheap overseas labor, but increases in those labor costs as well as an increase in the cost of materials such as cotton could cause prices to rise. [More]

Buy Your Jeans Now Before Cotton Prices Go Up

Buy Your Jeans Now Before Cotton Prices Go Up

It’s been a bad year for cotton-producing regions in India, China and Pakistan and the price of cotton has skyrocketed since the summer. So before retailers begin tacking this cost of materials increase onto the consumer, the forward-thinking people at SmartMoney.com have put together a list of what items you should stock up on. [More]

Evil Mutant Cotton Sneaks Into H&M "Organic" Clothing

Evil Mutant Cotton Sneaks Into H&M "Organic" Clothing

Global fast fashion retailer H&M and European chains C&A and Tchibo have been caught selling misleading “organic cotton” products to consumers. Independent testing done by Germany’s Financial Times showed that 30% of the samples contained genetically modified strains of cotton. Oops. [More]

Putting Tampons Through Rigorous Comedy Testing

Putting Tampons Through Rigorous Comedy Testing

The last time Consumer Reports tested tampons was in 1995. Fortunately, Ball Saxbury is here. He bought a variety of tampons and tested them to see which is the least absorbent. Because, who better to test tampons than a man using next to no actual science? Exactly.