What is “Supima Cotton?” Is it worth buying?

Supima Cotton, is basically a genetic cross breeding of Sea Island (Sea Island, Georgia, USA) cotton and Egyptian cotton blends.  This new blend was first grown in Sacaton, Arizona where the Pima Indians were instrumental in growing this new cotton and running the field trials. Hence the name Pima was created for this new cotton.  Over the years a better grade of cotton was developed and named Superior Pima.  Now like a lot of things the name was shortened to Supima.  Pima cotton (extra long staple cotton) is now being used by other producing nations such as Peru, Australia, and Israel.

Chances are the products you are currently using are not of Supima Cotton.  The label on the towel will specify if it was made with Supima Cotton.  Before you decide that purchasing Supima Cotton towels is out of you price range.   Consider this,

The properties of US grown Supima cotton are above the qualities of Egyptian cotton (long staple cotton).   The staple (length) of the cotton is longer, therefore creating a stronger, finer, and higher quality fiber.  Shorter cotton staples are used in everyday “run of the mill” textile goods.  With this higher quality of cotton you will receive not only a stronger towel, but also a softer one.Growers Collection by CalCot

Supima cotton towels will launder better than most towels in the marketplace.  That is due to this finer grade of cotton that does not lint (excess cotton) up like less expensive towels.   Not only do your towels look better out of the dryer, but the dryer doesn’t work as much when there is less lint to deal with.

Look at the labels on the towels to see where the cotton was grown.  US farms proudly put their Cotton Cooperative on the label.  They want you to know that you are supporting US farms and families.

So you can’t change out all of your towels today, but next time you are in the market for towels, consider Supima Cotton.  Over time the investment will be worth it.



    • Actually what happen to manufacturing of Home Linens in the USA is that back in the mid to late 80’s retailers, who wanted to stay competitive, realized that the biggest cost in their home linen products was labor, and therefore went looking elsewhere when negoitiations at home failed.

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