Before parenthood we hardly knew what organic textile and farming was. Nowadays, after personal research and experience, we can validly claim that the main reasons to prefer organic baby/kids clothing are:
- It’s better for the earth – It takes almost 1/3 of a pound of chemicals to produce enough cotton to make one t-shirt. That’s a lot considering how many people live on this earth and how many of us own way more t-shirts than we even know what to do with. Choosing cotton that has been organically grown reduces the amount of chemicals used to grow and process the fiber. This means fewer chemicals to leach into ground water, steams and oceans.
- It’s better for the farmer and producers – Going beyond organic, cotton or other natural fiber garments such as hemp that are certified under Fair Trade USA’s apparel program ensures the farmers and garment producers receive fair wages, high working standards, investment in their community’s development. They’re also not exposed to the toxic chemicals that can cause serious health issues including cancer.
- It’s better for you – Many of you are already aware of the effects of pesticides/herbicides/fungicides on your health so you’re choosing to eat organic produce and other foods whenever possible. But did you know that cotton is one of the most heavily sprayed and treated crops grown around the world? Those chemicals plus the ones used to clean, process and dye cotton for use in garments come in direct contact with your skin – many of them posing health risks such as reproductive disorders, birth defects and weakened immune systems.
- It lasts longer –Meanwhile, organic cotton that’s harvested by hand (rather than machines) doesn’t require chemicals to clean and bleach it which makes it more durable when turned into textiles.
- It just feels good – There likely aren’t any studies to back this one up but organic cotton just feels softer and seems to hold it’s shape longer, even when air dried on the clothesline.