Cotton Linters are fine, silky fibers which adhere to the seeds of the cotton plant after ginning. This environment-friendly alternative can replace the use of wood and other precious natural resources while making paper, viscose and other products. In India, linter is available in the First Cut and the Second Cut variety – depending on the process of extraction. First Cut has a longer fibre length than the Second Cut and is extracted with the aid of sophisticated ginning machines. The process involves super cleaning of raw cotton where fibres are extracted and baled. Alternatively, linter is passed through the de-linting machine – where the First Cut larger fibres are obtained. When passed for the second time to extract the remaining short fibres, it is called the Second Cut.
* Cotton Linters First Cut consists of longer, more resilient fibres and is used in a number of nonwoven products. Second Cuts are made up of short fibres to produce high grade bond paper and as a source of cellulose in the chemical industry.
* Cotton Linters First cut linters are linters of the highest grade with more resilience and length, and are used in manufacturing non-chemical products, such as medical supplies, twine, and candle wicks. Second-cut linters (short fibres or fuzz), removed in further delinting steps, are incorporated in chemical products, found in various foods, toiletries, film, and paper. These are valued for their bulk and purity and used for archival papers and other securities. They are processed into batting for padding mattresses, furniture and automobile cushions. As a refined product, cotton linter also has medical, cosmetic and other uses.