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!