The Big Benefits of Organic Shopping

Organic Cotton

There was a day long ago when we paid more and bought less. Today, consumerist culture goes for more, more and more. This mentality has been a large contributor to global warming.  2016 was the hottest year recorded. This is largely due to the burning of fossil fuels and clearing of forests. Clean energy and protecting our forests are a critical part of the solution, but it doesn’t stop there. It makes you wonder, is it time to buy less and pay more for blue skies and clean water and the promise we made to our children?  How can we defend ourselves to our little ones that we didn’t care enough to respect Mother Earth, just because we got caught up in a consumerist culture? We think its time we really start researching not just what we’re putting into our bodies, but on them. While the list is long for reasons to choose organic foods, there are also big benefits of organic clothes.  So if you’re asking, “are organic clothes better” and actually important? The answer is yes!

 What is GOTS Organic Cotton?

 GOTS=Global Organic Textile Standard

If you’re looking for the best for your baby, choosing organic baby clothes with the GOTS symbol is the way to go. These products are grown and processed to organic standards, and are made from a minimum of 95% certified organic fibers. Each item meets strict environmental and social criteria during processing, and is certified by an independent third party along the whole supply chain. 

 What are the Environmental Benefits of Organic Clothes?

 Cotton is one of the world’s most chemically intensive crops. However, no toxic chemicals are used when growing organic cotton. That means while there are great benefits for you, there are also benefits for our planet. It doesn’t damage the soil, has less impact on the air, and uses 71% less water and 62% less energy than conventional cotton. You could say organic is the Earth’s best ally. Plus, organic certification in manufacturing requires dyes to meet biodegradability, uses the proper treatment of water, and prohibits the use of toxic heavy metals. If you love your planet, that’s reason enough to start eating organic foods and wearing organic clothes. Some more stats might help convince you: Conventional covers about 2.5% of the world’s total agricultural land butuses about 16%-25% of the world's pesticides. 80% of pollution to the marine environment comes from the land. When large tracts of land are plowed, the exposed soil can erode during rainstorms. Mush of this runoff flows to the sea, carrying with its agricultural fertilizers and pesticides. You might not believe it, but nearly 20% of all water pollution occurs through the making of non-organic clothing.

 But Organic Cotton Is More Expensive!

 This is often true, but let’s not be penny wise and pound foolish. Did you know that conventional cotton materials will begin to break down after several washes? Whereas, organic clothes are made with longer fibers that won’t begin to break down as easily, allowing them to last twice as long.  How could that be? Conventional Cotton takes so much abuse in production because it goes through scouring, bleaching, dying, softeners, formaldehyde spray, and flame and soil retardants. But organic cotton is all natural, so the garments have not been treated with agents that break down the fibers. And while buying organic clothes is well worth the extra money, there are plenty of affordable options out there too, you just have to be a smart shopper. Scour the sale racks or do an online search for clearance organic clothes for yourself or affordable organic baby clothes for your little one. We’ve even got a sale selection you can browse from, from cute bibs and bodysuits to soft and cozy organic baby blankets.

 What Are the Health Benefits to Organic Baby Clothing?

 Is organic better for babies? Nowadays, with a more health conscience culture, parents are choosing to feed and clothe their babies in the best of the best. And we’re so glad for that. There are huge benefits of organic baby clothes. Our skin is our largest organ, and babies have thin, more permeable skin that absorbs a lot more than adult skin. While both babies and adults have three layers of skin, the epidermis layer, tasked for protecting our body, is three to five times thinner than an adult’s. As a result, it is less resistant to substances and absorbs more easily. This is why we highly recommend buying organic baby clothes as often as you can. The way your little one’s clothes are made is crucial in ensuring the thousands of potentially harmful chemicals, found in a lot of baby clothing, never gets into their bodies.

 How Does Organic Cotton Impact Fair Trade/Social Responsibility?

Buying fair trade is a powerful way for consumers to reduce poverty through everyday shopping.Fair trade is a partnership between producers and consumers. At every step of the supply chain, producers are paid a living wage and work in safe, humane conditions. Unlike with cotton workers, because it’s still hand-picked in most countries, these field workers are exposed to extreme amounts of toxic chemicals on a daily basis. That’s just one reason we support Fair Trade, here are some others:

Employment is freely chosen.
Freedom of association and the right to collective bargaining are respected.
Working conditions are safe and hygienic.
Child labor must not be used.
Fare Living wages are paid.
Working hours are not excessive
No discrimination is practiced

Overall, you can’t go wrong when choosing organic items. While your focus may have been primarily on organic baby food, we also encourage you to shop organic baby clothing.  So next time you’re filling up a shopping cart, whether in the store or online, be sure to check the labels.

Go for organic only – it’s better for your body, better for your skin, and better for our planet.