Choosing organic baby clothes matters for your baby, the planet and the people who produce them. But what sets the best organic baby clothes apart from the rest? Read below for more on what you need to know when investing in baby girl or baby boy clothes.
Why Choose Organic Baby Clothes?
Wearing all-natural fabrics is important for your little one’s health. Today, cotton growers use close to 25% of the world’s pesticides. These chemicals are bad for the environment and babies’ sensitive skin.
What Does Organic Mean?
There are strict rulesfor what organic means. For organic cotton baby clothes, this goes beyond avoiding certain pesticides. 12|12 products meet Oeko-Tex requirements, a global certification that guarantees that textiles have been farmed and produced sustainably. In other words, our products meet human and environmental standards at all levels of the supply chain.
Conventional cotton has a significant negative impact on the environment and your health. Here’s why organic baby girl and baby boy clothes can make a major impact in your child’s life and beyond.
The Softest Cotton For Your Baby
The softest cotton in the world is sustainable. Specifically, organic Pima cotton from Peru has longer fibers, making it more durable and softer than your average cotton.
And because our products are sustainably grown and produced, the material is ultra-breathable, perfect for day and night. Our organic cotton baby clothes won’t irritate your child’s skin, but keep them cozy and comfortable.
Comfortable for Playing, Napping, and Snacking
Playing, moving, and only occasionally making a mess (hopefully) are all part of day-to-day life. That’s why we make our organic baby clothes from durable, easy to clean cotton.
Organic Baby Clothes Are the Healthy Choice
We’re more conscious of our health and environmental impact than ever before. In other words, choosing organic baby clothes is an easy way to keep your little one healthy.
Baby Clothes Produced Without Toxins
The most common cotton farming chemicals, including pesticides, insecticides, and dyes are some of the most toxic, according to the World Health Organization. When these are used in cotton production, they’re easily absorbed into the body through the skin.
At 12|12, we’re certified organic. This means that our cotton is only sourcedwithout the most commonplace--and most dangerous--chemicals. Our dyes are also nontoxic.
It’s no secret that baby’s skin is extremely sensitive: The skin only finishes developing in the third trimester of pregnancy. In other words, products that may not irritate adult skin could cause discomfort for your little one.
Since they’re chemical-free, organic cotton baby clothes are both breathable and hypoallergenic.
Organic Cotton Is Best for the Planet
Cotton farming typically uses lots of pesticides. Not only do these practices create garments with chemicals and toxins, but they contribute to widespread pollution with terrible environmental consequences by:
Polluting rivers and groundwater
Reducing biodiversity by wiping out wildlife
Leading to soil salinization, which makes the soil less fertile
Contributing to climate change by releasing large amounts of carbon dioxide
Environmentally Friendly Growing Practices
By choosing organic baby clothes, you’re empowering farmers with more eco-friendly practices. One of the tenets of organic farming is mimicking nature’s growing cycles. This can mean crop rotation, finding alternatives to monocropping, and, of course, avoiding toxins that pollute the air and water.
Sustainable Products and Packaging
The impact that your choices have on the environment goes beyond how they were produced. Plastic-heavy packaging can be a big source of pollution. In keeping with our organic philosophy, we only use sustainable packaging.
Ethical Working Practices Come with Buying Organic
Conventional farming is not a long-term solution. For the farmers who use pesticides, they often struggle with declining soil quality and lower yields over time.
Not only does it ultimately hurt their businesses, but people in the surrounding communities have to deal with the impact that these commonly used chemicals have on their quality of life. These include: contaminated drinking water, air pollution and health consequences from ingesting these toxins.
Better Conditions and Pay
Organic baby clothes do not put the communities who make them at risk. In addition to using more sustainable growing practices and non-toxic production, organic companies provide more ethical compensation and a better working environment.
How to Choose Best Organic Baby Clothes for Your Baby
Baby boy and baby girl clothes are not all created equal. In fact, some companies that claim to be organic may not actually be. Here’s how to tell.
Not All Products That Say They’re Organic Actually Are
All brands that are organic typically label their products as such. But not all companies that use some organic materials are creating organic products. The best way to tell whether a product is organic is to read about them: Where do their products come from? What materials are they using?
Questions to Ask Yourself Before Buying
Where do these organic cotton baby clothes come from? How open is the brand about their production? What is the brand’s reputation? Today, the organic movement is growing rapidly, but most companies haven’t yet adopted these practices. Choosing organic baby clothes for your child or as a gift are a great way to promote awareness about why organic matters for your family and the planet.