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The Case for Organic Baby Clothes

“Be the change you wish to see in the world”~ Gandhi

The question this week is one you may have heard before (I did):

“You’ve registered for organic baby clothes… Does it matter? Is this really necessary?”

I will skip my opinionated commentary and just give you the facts, so you have an answer to this question if it ever gets asked of you.

Your Baby. A baby's skin is very delicate. It is three times thinner and more porous than adults, meaning their skin absorbs things very easily. It is more susceptible to harmful irritants and bacteria that can lead to infection and possible long-term ailments. This puts children at a greater risk for pesticide-related health problems than adults.

Chemicals. Traditional cotton crops account for $2.6 billion in pesticides used each year, and are the definition of chemically dependent agriculture. They are guilty of using 10 percent of all agricultural chemicals and 25 percent of the world's consumption of insecticides. Because it is not a food crop, pesticides, herbicides, and chemicals used on it are not regulated. In fact, the EPA has labeled 7 of the 15 pesticides that are regularly used, as “potential or known” carcinogens.

Over a third of a pound of pesticides are used to produce the average cotton t-shirt!

These highly toxic chemicals poison farm workers, wildlife, contaminate air and water, and cause major eco-system imbalances. According to the World Health Organization, cotton farming causes many of the 20,000 deaths that occur each year from pesticide poisoning.

And it doesn’t stop there. Chlorine bleach is used to whiten fabrics and formaldehyde is applied to finished garments. Yes, the same gross chemical that was used to preserve things in your science class is often used as a finish on baby and adult clothes alike, as a preservative before shipping.  Um, Eww. No amount of washing gets all of that out.

Cost. Organic baby clothes are more expensive, true. Often times, that is the reason that many parents and gift givers do not purchase them. But thankfully, as more people become educated about the facts, and more stores offer organic baby clothes and options, the price is coming down. Additionally, conventionally grown cotton breaks down much sooner than organically grown cotton, so in the long run; organic is the more financially sound choice.

The cost of a product isn't only what is on its price tag. Isn’t it worth remembering where that extra cost is going, and how it will benefit us, our babies, and our planet?

When you choose organic cotton baby clothes, blankets, bedding, etc., you’re not only protecting your child, but you also have a hand in making the whole world a little safer place to live.

So your answer to the question: Yes, it matters! Be the change!


xoxo Melanie