Why buy organic children’s clothing?
To us at Noni Bee the organic question is one of global ethics. Producing garments with organic cotton is much more expensive than with its conventional counterpart (especially when you are a stickler for ethical manufacturing)— but for us it was never a question of price but of social responsibility.
Many brands will tell you that organic cotton is a safer choice for your child (if your child is extremely chemically sensitive this might very well be true)— but in truth most of the pesticides used in cotton growth are washed out during the processing of the fiber. So while these harmful chemicals may not be directly affecting your childs health, they are certainly affecting the environment and the farmers involved in the crops cultivation.
Conventionally grown cotton is known by many to be the world's dirtiest crop. Cotton production accounts for over ten percent of the world’s insecticide use and 25 percent of pesticide use. It is estimated that a staggering 800 million pounds of pesticides are used in US cotton production yearly.
Clothing made using organic cotton supports sustainable farming practices, and helps to reduce soil contamination from pesticides and insecticides. According to the Organic Trade Association, "Organic production systems replenish and maintain soil fertility, reduce the use of toxic and persistent pesticides and fertilizers, and build biologically diverse agriculture.”
Organic cotton represents less than 0.1 percent of all the cotton produced worldwide, and at Noni Bee we are proud to be part of this small percentage of ethical manufacturers.
The other important thing to bear in mind when looking at clothing is what lies on the surface. Dyes and inks can also be made from extremely harmful chemicals— many of which are listed as carcinogens, hormone disruptors, and blood contaminants (scary stuff). At Noni Bee our fabric is dyed with fiber reactive dyes (free from azos and heavy metals) and printed with water based inks (free from lead and phthalates). We also have our fabrics tested by a 3rd party lab to make sure that we are CPSIA complaint.