Usually when we think about buying organic, we think about food and produce. Many of us are more than willing to spend the extra dollars on organic apples or a gallon of milk to help avoid harmful additives like pesticides and hormones.
But how often do we think about what we're putting on our children’s bodies — not just what goes into them?
Personally, I had never considered the benefits of organic clothing until I met Kate Roberts, the founder of Katebaby. She started her USA-made clothing line to offer options for kids that were free of the gross chemicals found in many mainstream stores.
While there are currently few studies that demonstrate the health advantages of organic clothes, many moms are now embracing the growing market. Still, shelling out for organic clothes for little ones may be viewed by some as excessive. Why spend $30 on a cotton onesie that you could buy at Target for $4?
Well, there are a number of good reasons to spend the extra dollars, especially when it comes to the health of your children. Here's why you should consider going organic, not just in your kitchen but in your kid's closet as well:
1. Non-organic clothes can contain harmful chemicals.
Baby clothes made from non-organic, synthetic fibers are often manufactured with chemicals such as acrylic and PVC. And while research is limited, some studies suggest that chemicals in textiles can be harmful to our health.
It's also important to note that babies and young children are more vulnerable to chemicals and toxins than adults.
2. Babies chew on everything (including their clothes!).
In addition to the fact that the chemicals in clothes could be absorbed by the skin, babies may also be at increased risk because they put absolutely everything into their mouths. They chew and suck on whatever is around them — therefore potentially swallowing harmful chemicals if wearing a non-organic outfit.
3. Fabric finishing on non-organic clothes can release formaldehyde.
Scary, but true. Formaldehyde is a dangerous chemical that has been linked to some types of cancer in humans. In clothes, it can lead to rashes and other skin conditions. The only way to be completely sure that the clothes you’re buying for your baby are free of this risk is to opt for organic.
4. You'll be a friend to the environment.
In addition to protecting the health of your child, buying organic clothing is good for Mother Earth. Cotton is sometimes called the world's "dirtiest crop" due to the high amount of pesticides used, and chemicals used in the production of non-organic cotton are known to contaminate groundwater systems.
But the farming of organic cotton has a low environmental impact, by replenishing soil fertility and decreasing the use of toxic agents.
Looking to learn more about organic and eco-friendly clothes? Start here:
- Shop More Sustainably With These 4 Eco-Chic Tips
- Are Your Clothes Making You Sick? 4 Easy Ways To Detox Your Wardrobe
- How To Shop For Sustainable Clothes (Without Sacrificing Fashion!)
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