By FiveHive Community Member Carol Montrose from tshirtprinting.net
Anyone who is interested in purchasing organic clothing for their baby likely has a good idea of some of the benefits offered by this option. For one thing, you know that these textiles are better for the environment since the fibers are grown sans chemical fertilizers and pesticides and the fabrics are manufactured with less waste and pollution. This means that you’re spending your consumer dollars on products that will help to keep the world green for your kids and for future generations. In addition, these items are known to be safer for your baby’s sensitive skin. But there are many other benefits to choosing organic clothes for your baby. Here are just a few that may surprise you.
1. Sensitive skin.
Okay, so you know that a baby’s skin is sensitive and more susceptible to irritation. But did you know that it’s actually thinner and more porous than yours? This means that not only can rough fabrics cause discomfort and rashes, but any chemicals in or on your baby’s clothing can be more easily absorbed into the body. In addition, their skin produces less protective oils, so harsh chemicals can dry out their fragile skin. This is why organic clothing is a fantastic option. You can get the comfort of ultra-soft cotton without all of the potentially harmful toxins that normal textiles are saturated with.
It is fairly common for babies to develop allergies to chemicals. For this reason, you likely use safe and natural soaps, shampoos, lotions, and detergents. You may have even switched to green cleaning products in the home. So why wouldn’t you choose organic clothing? Your baby’s clothes will be in contact with his skin all day, much more than any cleansers you use, so it is important to preempt any allergens that they may introduce.
You might think that textiles untreated by chemicals would deteriorate more quickly, but in fact, just the opposite is true. When cotton fibers, for example, undergo the many chemical process required by standard manufacturing (bleaches, dyes, formaldehyde, and more) they begin to break down. As a result, these fabrics start to deteriorate in as few as ten washes. Organic cotton, on the other hand, will last ten times as long.
This is going to be a factor for any new parent, and if you have begun to look into organic clothing options then you have likely discovered that they often come with a higher price tag than items that have been mass produced (and treated with chemicals). And while it might be worth it to you to spend a little more up front to ensure the safety of your infant, keep in mind that the longevity and durability of the garment means that it will not only last longer before wearing out (up to 100 washes), but you can also get fewer items, which means you’ll save money over time.
5. Chemical waste.
You know that the lack of chemicals in your baby’s clothing is better for the environment, but when you realize just how many toxins your child breathes in and ingests through water and food (it gets into the soil and water supply and spreads through the air), you’ll definitely start to consider the benefits of switching to an entirely organic approach to living.