Organic cotton, Eco-friendly, Ethical and sustainable clothes. When it comes to our kids, going organic is the best way to keep them healthy…. and stylish!
Synthetic materials like rayon and polyester are known to cause respiratory infection, skin irritation, and to emit hormone disrupters. Even worse, over one third of the world’s pesticides, fertilizers, and other chemicals are exclusively used to grow cotton.
Baby’s and young children have thinner and more porous skin than we do and they absorb the toxins found in their environments like a sponge. In fact, all of us absorb more through our skin than we do through our stomachs every single day! The skin can absorb toxins in as little as 6 seconds. Choosing organic and natural fibers can also protect your baby from many chemically induced allergies and sensitivities.
We don’t often consider the textiles our clothes are made of when we shop for baby clothes. Instead, we look for clothes that are comfortable, cute, and warm.
We do not realise that synthetic fabrics below are laden with chemicals and harmful to the environment.
- Polyester – the worst fabric you can buy. It is made from synthetic polymers that are made from esters of dihydric alcohol and terpthalic acid which causes skin irritation and respiratory discomfort when swallowed
- Acrylic – fabrics are polycrylonitriles and may cause cancer, according to the EPA
- Rayon – recycled wood pulp that must be treated with chemicals like caustic soda, ammonia, acetone, and sulfuric acid to survive regular washing and wearing
- Acetate and Triacetate – are made from wood fibers called cellulose and undergo extensive chemical processing to produce the finished product. These chemicals are known to cause skin and nasal irritation
- Nylon is made from petroleum and is often given a permanent chemical finish that can be harmful
- Anything static resistant, stain resistant, permanent press, wrinkle-free, stain proof, or moth repellent. Many stain resistant and wrinkle-free fabrics are treated with perfluorinated chemicals (PFCs), like Teflon, which causes polymer fumes, a Flu-like effects in humans that can also be hazardous to birds
- Formaldehyde is used in packaging clothes so that they will not be rumpled in transit and is a major irritant to our airways
Luckily the world is full of organic natural and safe textiles that are soft, warm, and cute as can be. It is time to return to natural organic fibers!