Many parents are looking for ways to improve their child’s life and raise an environmentally conscious child. Buying organic clothing is one way parents can instil a culture of responsibility, potentially having enormous ethical significance to the next generation. But does this “responsibility” come at a high cost, and if so, is it worth buying organic baby clothes?
Here in Australia, where our little Elves are busy packing our magical wardrove with gorgeous soft, ethical and stylish children/baby clothing, we decided it was time to run through some of the key reason why “going organic” is worth it! That’s not to say that organic baby clothing is always more expensive, as we know that’s not always the case. Sure, organic cotton is more costly to grow than conventional, chemically drenched and unsustainable cotton. Still, the benefits you reap are huge, and we will be touching on each of these below. That said, for too many big brands, the term “sustainability” is just a marketing buzzword that means very little and doesn’t reflect the true personality or values beneath the glossy logo. Many global fashion companies have a long way to go to boost their eco-credentials, but here at Elves, we focus on the smaller brands that are leading the way, lovingly creating organic clothing for our little ones.
The top reasons why organic baby clothes are worth it!
Natural clothing is immensely popular right now. Many parents prefer to buy organic cotton bodysuits, dresses, skirts, jackets, jumpers, nappies, shorts, pants, swimwear, and sleepwear for their newborn babies or young children. But why is that?
No pesticides or chemicals
One crucial reason organic clothing is free of both cotton pesticides and the toxic chemicals found in synthetic materials. As a result, this fabric gives parents peace of mind, reducing the risk of the baby’s skin being irritated. Organic clothing is therefore often appropriate for children with eczema. Cotton’s resilience and feel appeal to most parents. It’s one of the most common materials used in the world of clothing, but it’s also heavily pesticide-treated. Organic baby clothes are free of unhealthy or dangerous substances in synthetic fabrics, which is excellent news for children who suffer from eczema and other skin conditions.
Since your child grows so quickly, the cost of purchasing baby clothes can soon add up. Without all of the extra sprays, organic cotton is just as sturdy and durable as conventional cotton. It’s also customarily farmed with more consideration, so the output is likely to be even higher. You can wash shirts and pants as many times as you like without them falling apart or looking shabby.
Organic cotton farming reduces environmental stress by requiring farmers to detoxify the land they cultivate their crops, use naturally beneficial practices such as crop rotation and mechanical weed removal, and not use fungicides on any of their plants. When you buy organic garments for your kids, you’ll feel like you’re not only helping them but also Mother Earth — being of service to your loved ones as well as the world at large. Our whimsical Elves certainly identify this wonderful feeling.
Organic cotton will not only prevent your baby’s skin from breaking out into a rash, but it will also make them feel more at ease when at home or playing outside. If you live here in Australia, where we have several different climate zones, a relatively cool climate like the UK or a cold environment like Sweden, the material can adapt to the weather and help your child’s body maintain a healthy temperature. The organic cotton material wicks away moisture and allows cool air to circulate, making it less likely for the baby to sweat or get overheated. Its weave will also keep you warm in the colder months.
The purity of cotton fibre is determined by how it is selected, whether handpicked or machine picked. Organic cotton is fully handpicked, preserving the integrity of each fabric. On the other hand, standard cotton is unable to preserve thread purity because it is usually machine-picked to balance supply and demand. Organic cotton is lighter and more resilient than standard cotton because of its long fibres.
There is no straightforward answer to the question of whether organic baby clothes are worth the extra cost. It’s entirely up to the person. Fabric is ‘going organic’ everywhere, from cotton to bamboo and hemp. On the surface, organic clothing may seem to be more costly than non-organic clothing. However, aside from the cost, there are numerous advantages to purchasing organic clothing. Natural cotton clothing is also healthier for the environment, cotton producers, all people involved in the manufacturing process, and, of course, you and us! The price disparity between organic and non-organic clothing can make purchasing organic a more expensive endeavour, but a few extra dollars translate to better quality and fewer purchases.