We all have heard about organic products – organic food, organic clothing and what not! What makes them organic? Why should we buy organic? I know there are many parents who wonder if it’s really worth to buy organic clothing for their babies. Even I didn’t know much about it till I started researching about this topic. So, let me share with you what I found and why I feel organic clothing is important, especially for babies.
- Conventionally-grown cotton occupies only 3%of the world's farmland, but uses 25% of the world's chemical pesticides.
- It is estimated that less than 10% of the chemicals applied to cotton actually accomplish their task, rest are absorbed into the soil, air, water and eventually our bodies.
- Nitrates from nitrogen fertilizers used in conventional cotton production have been known to cause what is called “blue-baby syndrome” in infants.
- Organic cotton represents only 0.76% of global cotton.
- If you are planning to shop for your baby, consider choosing only organic for basic essentials.
- Share this information with your friends and relatives. How will this help? Firstly, they will consider picking something organic when they are purchasing gifts for your newborn 😉Secondly, they will appreciate your sensibility and also start switching to organic, contributing to a better environment.
- If you don’t feel the need to buy new clothes for your infant, dress them in natural fabrics as often as possible. And if you can buy a couple of new products, you should go for organic night suits/lounge suits and bed sheets/swaddles because infants spend more time sleeping.
- If your baby has extra sensitive skin or has experienced allergies or rashes, it could be due to chemical sensitivities and you might consider switching to organic clothes in that case.
- Don’t buy any clothing or bedding that has a stain resistant or wrinkle resistant finish on it because they contain nasty chemicals.
- If you are considering buying a crib mattress, buy a natural latex core covered in certified organic fabric. Because crib mattresses are often made of polyurethane foam enclosed in vinyl covers.
- Make sure that baby clothes are washed before they are worn and always use natural laundry detergent otherwise even organic clothes can irritate their skin.
- If you want to be 100 % sure that a specific clothing is organic and non-toxic from field to finish, look for certifications like GOTS, Oeko-Tek certification, etc.
“To cherish what remains of the Earth and to foster its renewal is our only
legitimate hope of survival.” -Wendell Berry