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Green baby products aren't just for the "crunchy granola" types anymore. All parents want the best for their baby, and luckily, it's never been easier — or more affordable — to find eco-friendly and organic baby products that not only remove harmful chemicals and toxins from your home, but also help the planet, too.
Here at My Organic Child, we handpick brands for our directory that create products that are not only beautiful - they are created with respect to the planet and the people who make them. Our aim is to connect you to these brands so that you can make positive consumer choices for your family while creating a ripple effect of change within the industry at the same time.
Browse the directory here.
Over the last decade, the term "Organic" has risen to incredible status - adopted by hipsters and companies alike as they have become more aware of the impact of conventional practices on the way we eat, wear and play.
Regardless of our lifestyle, organic clothing, in particular organic cotton, is a smart but often overlooked priority. Opting for organic clothing is a conscious and effective choice for both the health of our children and that of our earth.
Take this in for a second.
While 2.5% of all farmland worldwide is used to grow cotton, 10% of all chemical pesticides and 22% of insecticides are sprayed on cotton (more than any other crop!!).
Now think about this:
77 million non-organic workers suffer poisoning from pesticides each year and more than 1 million workers require hospitalization.
If that doesn't shake you, know this - in the conventional fashion industry, often:
- There are no mandatory checks or audits of the factories and farming processes meaning there are often poor working conditions including sweatshops with child + forced labour
- The soil used for the crops is less fertile, contaminated with toxic chemicals + has higher carbon emissions
- Thousands of toxic chemicals are used including chemical dyes, heavy metals and solvents which are associated with skin irritability such as eczema, allergies + respiratory problems.
- QUALITY Organic cotton is free from GMO's (or Genetically Modified Organisms). Why is that important you ask? Have you ever bought a top from a fast-fashion brand to have it ruined after the first wash?? (Yep. ALL. THE. TIME). GMO cotton has shorter strands of fiber and therefore breaks faster - organic cotton is a much higher quality and durable and creates pieces that can last generations, saving you money (and the environment!) in the long run.
- SUSTAINABLE It's better for the earth. Organic cotton is farmed in a completely different way to your non-organic cotton - there are no pesticides and toxins used, other safer methods are used to produce the organic crops such as physical removal of weeds which stops the farmers from having to use any pesticides to kill of the weeds, the workers then have better working conditions as they are not being exposed to all the toxins and chemicals. Also, less water and energy is used (which is always a good thing!).
- SUPPORTS HUMAN RIGHTS Buying Organic cotton gives control back to the farmers, not GM companies. That cute top or onesie that you see on the rack looks great, but the cotton products we buy have a story woven into them, telling us about the daily lives of the farmers and their families - unfortunately it is often one of sadness and exploitation. Buying organic cotton (and Fairtrade) gives back control to the farmers to allow them to make investments into their own future (such as covering production costs and funding community projects).
- PURE It's better for baby's skin. Babies have incredibly sensitive skin - much more thinner and delicate than our adult skin. Just like you would look carefully at the type of shampoos or body washes you use on you children, the clothes they wear also needs to be considered as it comes into contact with their beautiful skin. Organic cotton is free from nasties, soft, luxurious AND it feels AH-MAAAAZING.
Organic textiles can be made from cotton, wool and even bamboo or hemp.
But unlike organic food, textile products don't HAVE to be certified to be described as organic. So when purchasing organic, it's hugely important you choose products that are certified as you can buy something claiming to be organic which may only contain a small percentage of organic cotton or perhaps use toxic dyes in its processing. This is known as "greenwashing" (as opposed to throwing Kermit the Frog in the washing machine!) and a PR spin to promote the idea a product is environmentally friendly.
In order to achieve organic certification, the fibre must be of certified organic origin. Simply put, a cotton or bamboo operation has to have been managed in accordance with the organic standards (no prohibited chemicals used) for more than 3 years. Wool must come from certified organic sheep (no prohibited chemicals used on the land for more than 3 years and the animal also raised in accordance with the standards).
Using any organic and natural materials is an awesome first step, but there is an easier way to know for sure that a product is really organic from the seed to the soil to your skin. Look for these symbols or in the description of the product.
The Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) is the name of the governing body that oversees the certification criteria of organic cotton right around the world.