Organic Baby Clothing

While cruising around the internet tubes, I came across a Q&A article in the Detroit News with a question about whether or not organic clothing was better for a baby. Basically, the answer they gave was that organic or not did not matter, as long as it was cotton.

Well, one good piece of info to come out of it was that even organic wool is a skin irritant for the little ones (which, if you’ve worn wool, would seem like a no-brainer).

I think this answer is a little mis-leading, however, because it implies a health benefit, or lack there-of, only from the clothing coming in direct contact with the baby’s skin, and misses entirely, the reason many of us “go organic”.

By growing/raising organic products, we are reducing the amount of toxins that go into our air, ground and water. I don’t see how reducing toxins into the environment is not beneficial to our children’s health. These toxins could just as easily wind in our children’s food.

It also misses the point on supporting the practice of growing/raising organic. Just as one of the reasons we are willing to pay more for our hybrid automobiles is to support the technology, hopefully making it more abundant and cheaper in the future, so to does our buying organic products say we, as consumers, support the idea of growing/raising organic, and wish to see more products/foods being produced in this manner.

But, hey, it is nice to know that when we buy non-organic clothing, or get it as a gift, it isn’t going to irritate our daughter’s skin…

And if you’re looking for organic clothing, there are a lot of on-line stores which carry them now. I like to check out the Great Green Baby blog for announcements on new products, sales, etc. If you have any on-line stores you’d recommend, we’d love to hear about them!

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21 Responses to Organic Baby Clothing

  1. Rob says:

    I was going to make a similar statement about the eco benefits of organic, but you beat me to the punch. So instead, I’ll ask a silly question – Would the title of the blog still be ‘I Hate Snaps’ if they were organic?
    And really, isn’t there enough hate in the world? 🙂

    [Kaz: Well, first off, there are organic meats, and, being a vegetarian, I hate those personally. But, if you gotta slaughter animals, I guess organic is better than not 😉 And there was a little more room for hate when I started my blog. Now there is just enough ;)]

  2. Henitsirk says:

    I have to disagree a bit about wool. My kids wear merino wool underwear about 3/4 of the year, day and night. My son often wears the pants outside his jammies because he has a bit of excema, but otherwise they have never been irritated by it.
    Merino is much softer than the typical wool sweater, and the brand we have, Ruskovilla, is made from very fine yarns. Not organic sadly, though. Available at http://www.novanatural.com/category.phtml?category_id=360
    Interesting how much that article left out: what about fire retardants in cotton pajamas? Yuck!

    [Kaz: Merino, eh? Have to check it out. I bet there’s gotta be organic merino wool out there somewhere! And you’re right about fire retardants. Although, with the way organic labelling is these days, there’s no guarantee that something labelled “organic wool” doesn’t have fire retardants added.]

  3. Sara says:

    There is some amazing wool product out there by LanaCare. It’s organic and so supersoft. The best thing is, you hardly have to wash it-breastmilk, urine, whatever, let it air dry & you’re good to go.
    http://www.danishwool.com

    I am so lucky that there is this wonderful little shop in my neighborhood (Jamaica Plain, MA) That specializes in organic Baby & Toddler clothing. They carry Lana, Speesees, Nature Baby, Sckoon, Earth, Happy Green Bee…the list goes on. They also stock some locally made jackets & sweaters (again, all organic cottons, etc.) Actually, they have some neat toys & such too. But the clothes are amazing.

    http://hatchedboston.com

    Both my boys have super sensitive skin and honeslty there isn’t much of a difference $$ wise if you were paying full price at Baby Gap! (the fact that you’re helping the planet seals the deal!)
    I’ve also found the clothes to be really durable-good hand me downs. I do think organic makes a difference against their skin.

    Is that really true about fire retardants being in things without being labelled? Ugh. It’s like sewage sludge being used as “orgainc” fertilizer-legal in some states.

    [Kaz: to be honest, I am not really sure about the veracity of it. This is the kind of thing Google is made for. Thanks for stopping by, and thanks for the links!]

  4. Liz says:

    Hi there,
    Thanks for the link. I just wanted to add my .02 that Hatched is the cutest best little eco friendly baby store on the planet….and I get lots of inspiration for GreatGreenBaby.com by wandering around the store.

    I’m with you on the advantages of organic. Organic cotton lets the earth bypass huge amounts of unnecessary chemicals and toxins. (1/3 of a pound of chemicals required to produce 1 pound of cotton). If it is not better against your skin, you can at least smile knowing that organic, sustainable cotton is not adversely affecting the farmers who grow it.

    [Kaz: It is the same way with hybrid cars – everyone came down on them because you “weren’t really saving money”, when in fact, many people, including us, bought them for many more reasons than saving money. Thanks for stopping by, and thanks for making it easy for us to find places to buy these things on-line!]

  5. Jussi says:

    I have a small range of organic merino on my website, it probably makes up 40% of my business, I buy the yarn from NZ, the owners control the whole process from sheep to yarn, and it is certified. The sheep are treated very well, no mulesing, pasture fed, etc. The yarn is not treated at all, even the scourer (wool cleaner) is organic, wool should never be treated with flame retardant as it is naturally self-extinguishing. The other beautiful thing about wool is that when it gets wet it stays warm, so is perfect for babies. This merino is also incredibly soft (not soft enough for someone who has allergies) but very soft.
    I use a seperate knitting machine to make my organic range, and the notions I use with it are organic as well, I am considering extending into organic cotton, when I can find one which has the quality my customers expect.

    [Kaz: Hi, Jussi. Thanks for stopping by, and letting us know about your site! I hope my readers interested in organic clothing will check it out.]

  6. Caroline says:

    I am new to the organic industry, but wholeheartedly believe in the advantages and importance of an organic lifestyle. We are surrounded by toxicity in our everyday life, and buying organic is one way, a great way, to combat that toxicity.

    In response to the article in the Detroit news about the validity of organic clothing for babies, I so disagree! To say that organic clothing does not benefit babies is a totally unwarranted assumption. Consider the fact that conventionally grown cotton uses more insecticides than any other single crop and epitomizes the worst effects of chemically dependent agriculture. Each year cotton producers around the world use nearly $2.6 billion worth of pesticides — more than 10% of the world’s pesticides and nearly 25% of the world’s insecticides. With these statistics, I would bargain to say that everyone is at an advantage with organic cotton production.

    I have recently changed careers and have opened an organic baby web site offering certified organic Egyptian cotton clothes, organic merino wool, biodynamic skin care products, educational toys, games, music and eco friendly baby furniture. For those of you who are “greening” your home and lifestyle, there are some great choices for you to check out – http://www.susiejane.com. I will be featuring additional research and information on organic products so please check back for updates!

    [Kaz: Hi, Caroline. Thanks for stopping by, and thanks for the additional info! I think a lot of people like to see numbers to back statements up. I look forward to reading more of your research. And we will definitely have to check out your website. I think buying more organic (non-food) items is something Ms. Kaz and I hope to do better in the coming year.]

  7. Marcia says:

    I found a website where you can find organic clothes. And it’s also fair trade. It’s made in USA and Canada.

    http://www.RAINBOWFACTORY3000.COM

    You can order different styles and different colors. They seem to be very friendly and there are clothes for adults too.

  8. Marcia says:

    (Me again!!)

    About http://www.rainbowfactory3000.com

    i forgot to say: it’s interesting cause it’s 100% cotton 😉

  9. Marcia says:

    I ordered some actually (for my kids) and they were perfect 🙂
    they absolutly love them! the quality is amazing 😉 🙂

  10. maria410 says:

    How can there be any doubt that organic isn’t best. As mentioned earlier it is not just the fact that it is in direct contact with our baby’s skin but the benefits go deeper in terms of the environment and protection of ecosystems.
    There can be nothing wrong in seeking to go back to an age where everything was naturally organic and it was not even an issue or choice say 50 years ago before the invention of pesticides.
    Modern farming methods has a lot to answer for, but can we really blame the farmers if the demand has been consumer led??
    My shop in Italy, Marias Oragnic Babies sells organic clothing in wool and cotton for babies and children and other organic and ecofriendly products. It has been difficult and many have said why don’t you maximise by selling conventional products too-but to me that is so wrong and unethical- it is not just about money.

    http://www.mariasorganicbabies.com

    [Kaz: Maria – thanks for stopping by and giving us the word about your store! That is awesome that you stick to your values that are important to you. I think we’re seeing more and more small businesses starting to do this, and it is great.]

  11. jen says:

    Those looking for speesees or other organic clothing designers might want to check out http://www.bohmo.com. Bohmo is running an organic clothing Thanksgiving sale until 11/25/07.

  12. maria410 says:

    http://www.mariasorganicbabies.com is soon to be bringing a beautiful range of organic cotton clothing with an Italian flavour.
    Keep an eye out for the summer 2008 range.

  13. marc says:

    Hello my name is Marc Acrich.

    I’m a fabric representative at Eagle Fabrics.
    I wanted to introduce myself and offer my services to any of your designers who would like to come and visit our showroom at 1114 East Walnut Street Carson, California 90746.

    Eagle Fabrics is a state-of-the-art facility specializing in knits. As you know, organic cotton is a big hit right now and we have several styles of organics, offering them as low as 4 1/2 oz.
    In addition, we have new modal blends. Many styles including Thermos, Pointells, and Ribs.
    Supima modal spandex is very popular, while Supima cotton jersey is also currently in big demand. Silk cotton blends, very fine jerseys, many different weights of French terry and fleece, even soy fabric –
    everything in the world of knits is available at Eagle Fabrics. With both domestic and imported goods, we can also help with your printing needs mostly all over printing.

    I look forward to helping your designers with any of their fabric needs. Please give me a call anytime to schedule a tour or if you have any questions.
    Thank you for your time and for giving me a chance to be of service to your company.

    Heathers are the next big fabrics for this and next season they are eco-friendly. We offer several organic styles fleece, jersey spandex, as well as bamboo styles.
    And, believe or not, coming soon is fabric made from seaweed. It’s so amazing you have to see it to believe it!
    One more for the road, we have some wovens twills, poplin and shirting material.

    Eagle Fabric has developed a network of both domestic and import manufacturers. Recently leveraging this network to provide full garment packages to our fabric customers.
    Production can be done in Mexico, China, or India. This option is available for larger programs. We have the best quality, service selection and price to meet your needs.

    Sincerely,

    Marc Acrich

  14. Maria says:

    I’d just like to introduce Maria’s organic babies range of organic cotton clothing for summer 2008.
    Available for wholesale and retail at our online store and various stockists worldwide.

    Contact us for more information, we look forward to hearing from you.

    http://www.mariasorganicbabies.com

  15. Maria says:

    Sale of huge range of Organic clothing at Maria’s Organic Babies

  16. I’m always into discussions on anything organic, so this read made me feel at home.
    I’ll bookmark the site and subscribe to the feed!

  17. I know from first hand that organic cotton clothing is a great way to naturally alleviate some skin conditions.

    That is an easy call since conventional methods of cotton production use such harsh chemicals.

    I have heard some varying numbers on the amount, but everyone agrees the chemicals just are bad for the earth and us.

    “Traditional cotton production also attributes to 25% of worldwide insecticide use and 10% of worldwide pesticide use.”

    http://www.peacefuldisorder.com

  18. tsisul says:

    I think there is a complete lack of understanding on the subject when people say that non-organic is as good as organic. I completely agree with your statement:

    “I don’t see how reducing toxins into the environment is not beneficial to our children’s health.”

    The reality is that if it’s non-organic, then it likely has chemicals or pesticides of some sort within the cotton. This can be absorbed by the skin very easily, which is why some people with thyroid problems can merely drop iodine on their skin for fast absorption into the blood stream.

    Great post by the way. I’m glad to see someone else trying to open the eyes of a confused public.

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  20. I think organic clothing is best, yes it is very much true. Wool is irritant for baby’s skin. Cotton clothes are the best organic clothing for babies. An informative post.

    Thanks.
    Jessica

  21. Shena Mattu says:

    Hi, what a nice website you have. I found it on Yahoo while looking for some baby stuff. Thanks and God bless.

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