Before you put that tiny, sweet, white cotton newborn onesie on your baby, check the label for pesticides and other toxins. While the label won’t be marked with the names or amounts of synthetics, it will tell you if the cotton is organic. If it’s not, you might want to think twice before wrapping your little one in potentially harmful chemicals.
According to the Organic Trade Association, cotton crops use 10% of the world’s pesticides, 25% of the world’s insecticides, and each pound of cotton uses up to one-third pound of synthetic fertilizers. In addition, once the cotton is made into clothing it’s often colored with chemical dyes and treated to preserve the fabric. That’s a whole lot of toxins in one little t-shirt. Nowadays, organic clothing is not just for hippies and health nuts. Clothing made from chemical-free fabric is easy to find and, like organic food, the more consumers buy, the more affordable it will become. Below are some benefits of choosing organic clothing for your baby. Image
- Help the Environment
The green movement is getting bigger with each passing year, but it wasn’t always popular to be a tree-hugger. Luckily your baby will grow up being Eco-conscious, and with your help their love of the earth will grow as they do. They might not remember being green at such a young age, but you can show off photos of them in their earth friendly leggings and sweaters to future dates. They will probably appreciate it more than the naked baby pictures.
- Healthy skin
Baby’s skin is notoriously delicate and sensitive, and chemicals and irritants in their clothing can cause redness and rashes. Parents can help keep itchiness away with organic clothes. Allergic reactions can be attributed to toxins, and even though we often think about the creams and salves we put on our body, our clothes touch our skin all day long.
- Clothes last longer
You might think that fabric that has been treated for preservation would be stronger than fabric with no additives, however, the opposite is true. Fibers treated with harsh chemicals and agitated longer break down faster over time. Fibers that are left untreated keep their natural strength and elasticity. In addition to cotton organic clothes can be made from bamboo, hemp, and even silk. Image
- Beautiful clothing
Clothes made of natural cotton are not only durable, but beautiful as well. Natural dyes can be used to color fibers, and styles have been improved from days past when natural clothes just meant a beige t-shirt and hemp drawstring pants. Eco-fashion keeps getting better, and your baby can look modern and stylish, while remaining comfortable and healthy. Green parenting is all about making the best choices for your family, that also benefit the environment. As parents we feed our baby homemade pureed organic foods, use natural shampoos and lotions, and keep them happy with chemical-free toys. The clothes they wear day in and day out are just as important, and now it’s easy to dress them up green and natural.