Why choose organic cotton for baby gifts and if you do what are the benefits?
Until about 50 years ago, cotton-growing around the world mainly involved sustainable techniques which did not permanently deplete resources or create a health hazard.
But our present use of pesticides used on cotton crops increasingly threatens people, wildlife and the environment.
Most pesticides were originally developed as toxic nerve agents during World War II and it is therefore no wonder they have been linked to many forms of cancers.
Organic cotton represents a return to safe and sustainable practices. It is grown with natural fertilizers and is free from toxic chemicals.
Organic farmers rely on crop rotation to replenish and maintain soil fertility. Mechanical cultivation and botanical or biological means are used to control pests and weeds.
A field must be pesticide-free for at least three years to be certified organic, and the cotton must be processed according to international organic standards.
Some of the benefits of organic cotton baby gifts are:
Manual farming and organic practices have a lower carbon footprint as the entire process consumes less fuel and energy and emits fewer greenhouse gases
Not from genetically modified cottonseed
Grown with natural processes rather than synthetic pesticides and commonly used fertilizers, no chemical defoliants.
Eco-friendly processing that does not compromise workers’ health and helps reduce water and electric use and toxic effluent waste, e.g. non-chlorine bleach, silicon-free softeners and low impact chemical free dyes.
Strict testing of the organic cotton ensures the absence of contaminants like nickel, lead, formaldehyde, heavy metals, amines, and commonly used pesticides.
Many people that suffer with allergies and have chemical sensitivity especially benefit from organic cotton clothing. Conventional cotton may retain traces of harmful toxic residues that could affect them. Even if they don’t have sensitive skin, organic cotton will just feel naturally better against their skin.
I find this shocking what have we done to our trusted cotton supply we need to change and go back to our old ways to give future generations the right to feel safe in the clothes that they are wearing.
Baby Joy have selected some lovely organic baby clothing and new baby gifts for our baby gift range and we aim to grow this over the next year.