Have you had the chance to feel the significant difference between the softness of organic and non-organic baby clothes? If you did, you might be like us and don’t want anything else after feeling the buttery-soft organic baby clothes.
Alternatively, organic cotton may be new to you, and you like to learn more about the substantial benefits of buying organic baby clothes?
Is paying more for organic cotton worthwhile? Are the high price tags helpful?
Considering organic cotton
We want to make the very best choices for our family and especially for our little ones and their sensitive skin. Often we reconsider all our previous life choices after bringing a new baby home.
Our society slowly grows awareness of how our lifestyle choices affect the environment, and interest increases how we can make more sustainable life choices.
Speaking for myself, my lifestyle choices are leaving lots of room for improvement to be more sustainable. Still, the subject is definitely on my mind, and I try to discover how I can improve my daily choices to be more organic and sustainable in the future, step by step…
100% cotton clothing
What is wrong with 100% cotton? Beautiful, breathable and more affordable! I thought cotton is a reasonably good choice?
Unfortunately, this seems far from the truth. Non-organic cotton is grown from genetically modified seeds. The seeds are designed to be resistant to bugs so the plant won’t get eaten. But the insects get resistant and therefore more, and more pesticides are needed to grow the plant.
Benefits of organic cotton
What about organic cotton? What are the benefits?
Organic cotton is grown from genetically unmodified seeds. In the process of growing and harvesting cotton, there is no use of synthetic chemicals. Also, the harvesting process is different.
Using organic cotton has excellent benefits compared to non-organic cottons, such as:
- Healthier for body and mind.
- Avoid allergic reactions from the skin
- A safer and healthier life for the farmers.
- Environmentally friendly with no use of synthetic chemicals and less water use during the growing of the cotton.
- Higher quality product.
Did you ever notice the difference in the softness of non-organic and organic clothes?
The non-organic cotton is, in most cases picked by machine due to high demand. In this process, the fibres break
easily and are not pure anymore. Also, the herbicide is used during the harvest to kill the weeds which da the cotton.
Organic cotton is handpicked. In this process, no chemicals are needed, and fibres of the cotton won’t damage.
Using organic cotton is a softer and longer-lasting product than items made out of the chemically treated and damaged cotton.
Why is babies’ skin so sensitive?
Our babies’ skin is more sensitive than adult skin. Babies’ epidermis layer, (the upper layer, which protects us from the outside world), is built from tiny cells, and three times thinner than adult skin. It becomes easy irritated, and substances will penetrate deeper into babies’ skin than into the surface of an adult.
Babies are not able to tolerate chemicals very well; therefore, leftover chemicals in clothing can easily irritate babies’ skin and can cause allergic reactions.
How organic are you?
More people are becoming aware of the benefits of eating organic and the long term risks of eating non-organic food.
Knowledge has grown that all the pesticides used growing our food are not very good for our health and the environment.
More and more researches claim that these chemicals can contribute to side effects in our body, including asthma, obesity, learning disabilities, autism and diabetes.
Eating organic can be challenging for various reasons. First of all, a wide range of fruit and vegetables can be hard to find. Secondly, we often have to pay a high price for organic items.
However, it seems like our society is slowly coming to terms to eat more organic and make environmentally healthier choices.
An organic wardrobe
Other than eating organic, we try to use organic cleaning products and such. But what about our clothes? It seems hard to overthink an organic wardrobe, and maybe we are not there just yet.
I love the softness of Organic cotton, and my baby has some adorable organic cotton items. However, I don’t think I could afford to purchase a complete organic wardrobe for baby; I try to buy as much organic as possible.
Affordable ways to be more organic
One of the more affordable ways to be more organic, food-wise, might be growing as much as you can at home if you have the opportunity.
Growing produce at home also contributes to a healthier environment as well.
Growing things that grow naturally in your climate is a win-win and successful for people who are not highly talented gardeners.
Regarding organic clothes, did you know there are companies out there where you can return organic newborn clothes after your child has grown out of them, which makes using organic clothes for your baby much more affordable? You can check out a company having such deals available, to check it out click here
Room for improvement
Well, if I can speak for myself, there are many changes I’d like to make for myself and my family to be healthier and more environmentally friendly. Even though they will be baby steps, in my life there’s a lot of room for improvements.
I have to change my babies nappies to a healthier and more environmental friendlier choice. I was reading today about eco nappies, and I wonder about eco nappies’ performance and the improvement of sustainability compared to regular disposable nappies.
Cloth nappies are something I considered as well, highly popular with mums today already.
I definitely will look into organic clothes, especially for my baby girl. Also, I’d like to see if there are more things we can quickly grow ourself, even though we already grow Banans, passionfruit, pawpaw, pineapple, ginger and many herbs.
We live in the tropics, and our babies don’t need too many clothes up here as they can run around in nappies:). However, we always have to be aware of the sunshine, but this is a whole other story again for another day!
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