Although you may not notice it, cotton is all around us and part of our everyday lives.
Most things we interact with contain cotton including our clothes, money, and even our cars.
How much does a bale of cotton weigh?
The weight will vary depending on what country you live in.
In the U.S., a bale weighs approximately 500 pounds (226.8 kg).
In India, a bale weighs in at 392 pounds (177.8 kg). In the UK it weighs 730 pounds (331.1 kg).
Although the main part of the plant is the fiber, no part of the plant is wasted. For example, the seeds are used in animal feed.
The most common type of cotton that you are likely to come across is upland cotton.
The fiber length of upland cotton is around 1.3 inches and will therefore not be as high quality as something like Egyptian cotton which has a fiber length of up to 1.7 inches.
The longer the fiber the finer it can be spun which is why Egyptian cotton is known to be the highest quality cotton.
Today there are more than 43 species of cotton in the world.
~ Fun Fact ~
Which state produces the most amount of cotton per year? That would be Texas. The state produces around 4.5 million bales of cotton per year.