The environment is a big topic for us all and one aspect that we have a responsibility to consider with everything we do, but it is one we tend to put aside when it affects our own family life. So, could organic baby clothing be a solution that keeps everyone happy?
With an increase in pollution, waste and synthetic products, our environment is at risk from the things we do to it. Sometimes, it is small changes that make the biggest difference, and organic baby clothing is one such change that we can all make. Not only would this new type of clothing benefit the world around us, it also benefits our children and their futures.
What Is Organic Baby Clothing?
Organic baby clothing is a simple idea that uses organic natural materials to make every item. This includes organically grown, natural fibers such as cotton, silk and wool. Some items might also include some less likely ingredients for buttons and linings such as organic rubber or wood. Chemical and synthetic substances are completely bypassed and only organic processes are used to put every garment together. Even organic bleach and colors are used to keep the items completely natural.
We all want the best for our babies and it is our natural paternal instinct to protect them, and this is even easier to achieve with organic clothing. A baby’s skin is typically delicate and sensitive, and so something which has been naturally produced will be gentler on their skin than items full of harsh chemicals. With an increasing number of skin sensitivities and allergies amongst babies and children, a natural form of clothing is no longer seen as out of the ordinary, and has simply become a responsible choice.
Whilst organic baby clothes are more and more popular, the unique materials and procedures needed to make them can mean that they are a more expensive option than traditional baby clothing.
What To Look For In Organic Baby Clothing?
When buying organic baby clothing, you need to be on the lookout for a recognised certifying agency to be sure that what you are purchasing is genuinely organic. These agencies scrutinise the entire manufacturing process, from seedling to sewing and can then grade the product as being organic or not. Names to look out for include Skal (of the Netherlands), KRAV (of Sweden), Demeter International, IFOAM (Internal Federation of Organic Agriculture Movement) and Oeko-Tex Standard 100. For this reason, organic baby clothing is most typically available in developing nations.
Always ensure that the fabric you buy is natural, with cotton being a popular choice as it is less likely to trigger any allergies and is gentle and breathable on the skin. With baby skin being so delicate, you should always ensure that the fabric you buy is soft to the touch and does not have any loose strands that may irritate or make your baby feel uncomfortable.
As the clothing is for babies, you should ensure that any material is absorbent, as it is likely this will be put to the test more than once. A durable item will make it much easier to wash and dry on a frequent basis.
Whilst bright prints may seem typical in baby clothing, they can be indicative of synthetic dyes. Organic colours are not yet in sufficient production to achieve complete dying, and natural organic colours are not usually bright.
Your baby is the most precious thing you will ever own, so choosing to surround it in natural and gentle clothing is the ideal way to protect it for longer from the increasingly harsh environment around us.
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