24% of the world’s total insecticides, including over 100 nerve poisons are used on cotton – it is the most heavily sprayed crop in the world. Cotton production and processing causes considerable environmental damage and the toxic chemicals used remain in the finished product. Sheep reared conventionally are dipped in chemical solutions containing organophosphates – these have proven health risks.
Tests by independent scientists commissioned by Greenpeace found highly toxic substances in a range of consumer products including children's pyjamas. Nonylphenol - thought to interfere with human DNA and effect sperm production in mammals, was found in Disney branded pyjamas as well as in a "Bob the Builder" garment from Mothercare. High levels of the closely related nonylphenol ethoxylate were also found in several children’s garments. All the children's garments also contained phthalates, these substances were recently banned from toys for children under the age of three in EU legislation because they can cause liver, kidney and testicular damage. The highest levels of phthalates were found in Disney "Tigger" pyjamas.
Buying organic clothing for your children reduces the exposure to the chemical irritants in conventional clothing. Children and babies in particular have delicate, sensitive skin and are at greater risk for pesticide related health problems, baby skin is 5 times thinner than adults, During the early years of development, exposure to chemicals, pollutants and irritations can cause serious health issues
Organic cotton is not exposed to any chemicals either in the fields where it is grown or during the production process. Hemp is another excellent fabric used in organic clothing and is a very environmentally friendly product; it yields more fibre per acre than cotton and can easily be grown without pesticides and other chemicals. Being very durable it is excellent for children’s clothes. Other natural fabrics include wools and fleeces. Organic clothing is free from heavy metals, chlorine bleach, chemical finishes and formaldehyde
Buying organic clothes not only protects your child from harmful chemical substances, but supports small farmers and helps to protect the environment. Many organic baby clothing companies also feature fair trade products ensuring workers have been paid fairly and have reasonable working conditions
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