Is Cotton Rotten? Congratulations Blake Shepherd!

Blake’s brilliant project recently won the Royal Society of Wellington branch prize at the NIWA Science Fair.

His project was titled “Is Cotton Rotten?” and investigated aspects such as absorbency, ability to retain heat, water resistance, and bacterial growth in different types of fabric for tramping clothing. He found that cotton is indeed “rotten” and ranked in the bottom 3 of the 6 fabrics he investigated. Based on his results and a weighted ranking system, the top 3 fabrics were merino, polypropylene, and nylon.

Congratulations Blake!