Did you know that there are over 100 pests that attack the cotton plant? Farmers spray the crop with chemical pesticides to terminate the pests which then contaminates the cotton itself. BUT they get a better quality of cotton because it hasn’t been destroyed by the pests and they also get a higher yield making the pesticides an attractive and necessary evil. The downside to this is that the cotton has chemicals in it, that’s correct, 100% cotton isn’t pure cotton. Some farmers use genetically modified cotton plants that have the pesticides in them that kill the pests as soon as they take a nibble. Again, the downside is the cotton contains the pesticide.
Certified Organic farmers use natural means to control the pests. The downside for the farmer is that they harvest less. The farmer will spend most of their time and resources trying to naturally keep the crop pest free, if they don’t then the quality of the fibre suffers and the crop is of inferior quality. This process is costly to the farmer and subsequently makes the organic cotton more expensive also.
The reason the extra money is well spent when it comes to your baby is that most toxins are absorbed through our skin rather than ingested (baby’s skin is more sensitive and a lot thinner than an adults). Of course, that’s not to say that we don’t ingest them also, but the larger amount is through our skin.
Buying Organic is an investment in not only the comfort of naturally soft cotton, but also in the wellbeing of your precious little one.
There has been an increase in eczema and skin allergies which could be attributed to the toxins we absorb through our skin. Harsh detergents including soaps as also contribute to skin allergies.
In buying organic clothing for your baby you are reducing the risk of skin allergies and unwelcome toxins being absorbed by your baby through their skin.
Till next time …
Kim & Kate