We believe that our children deserve the best we can possibly offer, and we do so hopefully by gathering the best information we can. There’s a whole lot of talk about going ‘green’, being ‘sustainable’, and being smart about what we put into our bodies… now we need to think about what we put on our bodies. Chemicals, fibers and toxic materials can cause physical rashes and problems for children from infant to toddler, so it‘s a good idea to get informed.
*ORGANIC COTTON: FOR OUR CHILDREN AND OUR PLANET by Roxanne Quimby
(*Reprinted and excerpted from https://www.happygreenbee.com/organic.cfm)
With the frenzy of toy recalls last year, parents have started asking questions. Are any of their children’s toys safe? What about their kid’s bedding? The children’s clothing? Sure, lead-laden toys should obviously be out of a child’s reach, but it’s time to look more closely at all the things our children eat, touch, feel and wear in their everyday lives. Even ‘conventional’ cotton, once considered the natural fiber of choice, is no longer safe for our children. Organic cotton, on the other hand, is healthy for all our planet’s creatures, from children and wildlife to farm and factory workers.
Cotton clothing retains harmful toxic residues, often causing rashes and eczema on sensitive skin.
Clothing made with organically grown cotton does not retain toxic residues; it is a pure, natural, and breathable fiber.
Organically grown cotton is not treated with pesticides.
Petroleum based hydrocarbons (chemical fertilizers) are intensively applied to cotton crops to artificially speed up and otherwise “enhance” the plant’s growth cycle and productivity. The runoff of these compounds pollutes our watersheds and food chains.
Organically grown cotton does not use petroleum-based fertilizers.
The solution to this problem is to go organic. Organic farmers rely on crop rotation, not chemicals, to maintain and replenish soil fertility. In order to meet international organic standards and obtain organic certification, a field must be pesticide-free for at least three years, and organic cotton farmers cannot use genetically modified cottonseed. Organic cotton has softer, longer fibers than conventional cotton, so the resulting fabric is softer, thicker, and more durable.
Organically grown cotton does not use genetically engineered seed.
Organic cotton is especially great for infants and children. Whereas pesticide and chemically-treated clothing traps heat and prevents skin from absorbing adequate moisture—often causing rashes and eczema on sensitive skin—organic cotton is natural and breathable. Children with allergies particularly benefit, as organic cotton does not have the residual toxic residues that linger on conventional cotton. Even those without sensitive skin find organic cotton more comfortable and kid-friendly. The longer fibers stretch as children grow.
The best way to support organic cotton farmers is to use your consumer power wisely and support those businesses that make their products sustainable from the farm to the store. For example, Happy Green Bee—a company producing organic cotton playwear for infants and children—creates children’s clothing and accessories made with nontoxic dyes and no chemical bleaches or finishers. In addition, Happy Green Bee products are made in fair-trade-certified factories that are monitored for worker health and safety.
Whether shopping for kids’ clothing, sheets, blankets or personal care items, look for organic fiber products. Your children—our planet’s future—will thank you.
You can find these great products at www.happygreenbee.com