The word ‘organic’ is defined by EU rules which apply to the production, labelling and control of all organic products, from textiles through to tomatoes.
In the UK there are a number of organisations that can approve an organic certification; The Soil Association is the main one. Anyone who wants to certify their products as organic has to meet EU minimum standards. This means that in the case of clothing – organic textiles will have been made with materials grown on organic farms, and manufactured without using harmful chemicals.
“Going organic” is becoming a way of life for many people who are keen to protect the environment and their own health. Most supermarkets now produce their own organic ranges and organic is the new badge of honour for clothing ranges too.
You might not realise it but the chemicals used on cotton crops aren’t regulated in the same way as food crops, because we don’t eat cotton. We still ingest harmful pesticides though, when the run-off leaches into our water, or livestock eat contaminated feed.
People are becoming more aware of how their fashion is manufactured – in conventional cotton wear production for example toxic chemicals are added at each stage of the process. Your cotton top could contain softeners, brighteners, heavy metals, petroleum scours, flame and soil retardants, ammonia and formaldehyde, and that’s just for starters. Would you really want that next to your baby’s delicate skin? A baby’s skin is thinner and more porous and thinner than an adult’s skin, so little ones are more at risk from pesticide-related health problems than adults.
One way you can cut down your children’s exposure to toxins is by choosing organic wherever you can; clothing, food and more. Organic clothes make use of cotton farmed without pesticides, which also benefits the environment as insects are generally used to control pests and workers have safer working conditions.
For parents looking for good quality clothing, organic cotton has other benefits too. It’s sturdier, and it feels nicer to wear. Even if it might seem more expensive, it also lasts longer. Organically produced cotton lasts around 100 washes before it starts to wear down, while conventionally produced cotton material only lasts 10-20! It’s hardly surprising with all the scouring, bleaching, and more it has to go through before even being made into a garment.
Top reasons for choosing organic clothing
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