Cal Poly Alumna Sally Fox founded Foxfibre. She created two strains of cotton that were both pest-resistant and commercially usable.
How Does Brown Cotton Turn Green?
Sally Fox was an entomologist when she first came across brown cotton. Unlike the standard white cotton, these plants were pest-resistant. Unfortunately, their fiber was also difficult to spin and unsuitable for modern textile machinery. Sally put her Cal Poly Learn by Doing attitude and her childhood hobby, spinning, to work. She began testing and cross-breeding until she created two strains of cotton that were both pest-resistant and commercially usable—one was still brown, the other, a pale green. That was the beginning of Foxfibre® and many more Learn by Doing chapters in her life.