Why choose organic cotton clothes for your baby?
A baby's skin is up to 5 times thinner than adult skin, they have higher metabolisms and lower weight making them extremely susceptible to absorbing toxins and more sensitive to chemicals.
The following is a list of some of the chemicals which are found as residues in conventionally produced clothing and that may affect the health of the end user – particularly babies and children:
- Chlorine bleaches
- Silicone based softeners
- Optical whiteners
- Azo dyes
- petroleum scours
- silicon waxes
In conventional cotton production "finishing" is the final processing to create easy care clothing that is soft, wrinkle-resistant, stain and odour resistant, fireproof, mothproof, and anti-static.
Residual chemical traces used for "finishing" on the fabric can cause burning eyes, nose, and throat, as well as difficulties with sleep, concentration, and memory and they can increase susceptibility to cancer.
Organic cotton has none of these harmful chemicals and is produced without the use of pesticides making it a much healthier option, especially for infants and those with skin conditions such as eczema.
And it's not only the health benefits that make organic cotton such a great alternative to conventional cotton garments. It is incredibly soft and gentle to the touch while the gentle chemical free
processing leaves it substantially stronger and more durable than conventionally grown cotton garments.
The benefits of choosing organic cotton clothes for your child are far reaching and extend right back to the very beginning, to the field where each cotton seed is planted.
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Conventional cotton farming has become increasingly dependent on chemical pesticides and fertilizers using about 10% of all agricultural chemicals and 25% of insecticides on just 3% of arable land, that's more than any other crop.
The WHO reports three million pesticide poisonings per year and 20,000 unintentional deaths, largely among the rural poor in the third world.
These pesticides and chemicals work to destroy the environment with the reduction of soil fertility and biodiversity not to mention the pollution of water supplies.
It's not only this systematic poisoning that farmers and cotton producers face but intolerable debt as the pests become resistant to the pesticides the farmer must borrow more and more money to buy more pesticides - and sink deeper into debt.
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Organic cotton production is based on a system of farming that maintains and regenerates soil fertility without the persistent use of chemicals, toxins, pesticides, fertilizers or GM seeds or sprays.
The philosophy behind organic farming is balance.
To practice farming methods that work with nature using time honoured practices such as crop rotation and the use of natural predators that work instead of pesticides to produce an ecosystem that is both stronger and benefits all from the beginning to the end product
This excerpt is from an article written by Ode magazine:
"Ever since Sahare stopped using pesticides, his workers no longer fall sick or complain of stomach aches or eye pain - and he does not have to deal with the medical emergencies of the past. Once, he rushed a worker to the hospital after the bag of pesticide spray he was carrying leaked and burned his back.
Nilesh Dambare, 24, lives in Vini, a village six miles from Sahare's fields. Dambare's late father, who owned seven acres (three hectares) of cotton fields, was debt-ridden and struggled to send his two sons and daughter to school. Dambare earned a diploma in agriculture a few years ago, but all he learned about fertilizers and pest control didn't seem to work in his own fields.
"The pests became more resistant and the high costs dragged us deeper into loans," says Dambare.
Dambare had a debt of $633 last year when he stopped using chemical fertilizers and pesticides. Nothing in Dambare's fields now is wasted. Weeds are mulched and turned into compost using ox dung. Cattle urine is used as pest-repellent on the cotton seeds. In a year, he has already repaid a third of his loan."
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And so we begin to see a much bigger picture start to emerge.
We begin to realize that Organic cotton clothing is not only a great choice for you and your children but that choosing organic cotton makes a worldwide impact by working to protect the hundreds of thousands of cotton farmers and their children.
Earthlings clothes are created using only 100% truly organic cotton.
But you don't have to take our word for it – We have ensured that the cotton that is used to make our clothes has been certified by international certification agency GOTS - Global Organic Textile Standards (formerly SKAL)- see the eco logo on our pages – this ensures that our cotton is guaranteed 100% organic.
Earthlings are dedicated to ethical and sustainable fashion and all of our garments are fairly traded and have been produced ethically so that everyone involved in the supply chain gets a better deal.
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