Organic agriculture protects the health of people and the planet by reducing the overall exposure to toxic chemicals from synthetic pesticides that can end up in the ground, air, water and food supply, and that are associated with health consequences, from asthma to cancer. Because organic agriculture doesn’t use toxic and persistent pesticides, choosing organic products is an easy way to help protect yourself. (Source: Organic Trade Association)
Chemicals added to baby clothing, even after washing, continue to release toxins. The safest cloth for your baby and the environment is organically grown fabrics. Babies developing skin is sensitive and thin and has less of a barrier to environmental toxins then adult skin.
What does "organic" mean?
The Organic Trade Association defines four levels of organic labeling:
1. "100% Organic". All components are organically grown and certified, including the sewing threads, and all processes used to manufacture the garment conform to the processing requirements stated in the standard;
2. "Organic". At least 95% (by weight) of the agricultural fibers are organically grown and all processing adheres to the environmental processing requirements given in the document;
3. "Made with organic (specified fiber products)". At least 70% (by weight) of the garment have been organically grown;
4. "Less than 70% organically produced constituents". Maybe it has some organic fiber content, maybe not. All non-organic garment components may be processed and handled without regard to the OTA standards.
Fair-trade and sweat-free
What does this mean? Fairtrade labelling is a certification system designed to allow consumers to identify goods which meet agreed standards. Fairtrade certification guarantees not only fair prices, but also the principles of ethical purchasing. These principles include adherence to ILO agreements such as those banning child and slave labour, guaranteeing a safe workplace and the right to unionise, adherence to the United Nations charter of human rights, a fair price that covers the cost of production and facilitates social development, and protection and conservation of the environment. The Fairtrade certification system also promotes long-term business relationships between buyers and sellers, crop prefinancing, and greater transparency throughout the supply chain and more.
Why throw it away when you can buy products that can be re-used. Products like cloth diapers can be cleaned and re-used, therefore reducing the amount of garbage going to our landfills.
Transportation is one of the largest contributors to green house gases. Choosing products that are made closer to home contribute to the reduction in greenhouse gases and the economy.
Many innovative companies are looking for ways to recycle materials to produce toys, clothing and other products. Examples include toy production and packaging using recycled product like milk cartons, plastic bags and paper.