Why are organic cotton baby clothes important for the health of your baby?
June 23, 2020
What do you want against your baby’s skin? Organic cotton baby clothes or conventional cotton baby clothes? Read on…
Conventional cotton is considered the world’s dirtiest crop due to its heavy use of pesticides. Worldwide, cotton covers 2.5% of the cultivated land and cotton growers use 16% of the world’s pesticides.
Eight of the top 10 pesticides most commonly used on U.S. conventionally produced cotton were classified as moderately to highly hazardous by the World Health Organization.
In fact, Aldicarb, a particularly poisonous chemical used on the cotton crop was discontinued in 2010, but it’s making a comeback under a different name recently. It is used to control insect pests and nemotodes in cotton. The name has been changed to AgLogic 15G and is now available in all cotton producing states.
It is acutely poisonous to humans and wildlife.
When you shop for cotton clothing, socks, diapers, bedding, towels, mattresses etc. remember that "All Natural" cotton or "All Natural" fibers are not necessarily chemical-free or GMO free, because the processing of cotton textiles relies heavily on toxic and hazardous chemicals.
Traces of these chemicals can remain in fabrics after washing and these chemicals can cause an array of health problems.
Cotton pesticides can prevent individual nerve cells from communicating with one another. Effects also include impaired memory, severe depression, and disruption of the immune system, paralysis and death according to the Theworldcounts.com website.
Did you know that a baby’s skin is paper thin?
Bernard Cohen, M.D., Director of Pediatric Dermatology at Johns Hopkins Children’s Center says, “A baby’s skin starts out thinner, has less pigment, and doesn’t regulate temperature as well as the skin of bigger kids and adults…it takes about a year for that epidermis to get up to speed and function effectively.”
What baby clothing do you want against your baby boy or baby girl’s skin?
Seek out GOTS certified organic cotton. It stands for global organic textile standard and ensures the fabric adheres to strict environmental and ethical standards.
“Organic production prohibits the use of synthetic toxic and persistent pesticides and fertilizers, as well as genetically engineered seed. Third-party certification organizations verify that organic producers meet strict federal regulations addressing methods and materials allowed in organic production.” (Organic Trade Association)
Organic cotton baby clothes are softer, better for the environment, more durable, they wick moisture away better, and are more comfortable for a baby.