What Is Organic Childrenswear?
Organic childrenswear and babywear has grown in popularity since around 2007, when organic clothing first became common. The public began asking for organic clothing, biodegradable household cleaners, and fuel sources that ultimately protected our environment. We addressed the toxicity problem by developing true organic clothing. Starting your child's life with the wearing of organic clothes gives them a head start in being actively involved in protecting the environment.
The term organic means the cloth, dyes, and the processing used to construct the garment is natural. Natural refers to things grown like cotton, hemp, and linen or fibers like wool or silk, made from living creatures. To be considered certified organic a fiber must meet certain qualifications. It must have organic fiber content (growers of cotton, linen, and hemp must maintain crop production that does not use chemical herbicides or pesticides) and they must not process the fibers after harvest using synthetic chemicals. Wool has similar requirements to be considered organic. The growers of sheep, alpaca, and llama must not use synthetic chemicals to dip or drench the animal's wool. Farmers cannot give antibiotics to their animals either. They must pay attention to the health of the soil, use sound stick rations, ensure good nutrition and treat their stocks with herbal treatments if they become ill (basically avoiding the use of chemicals).
Today's organic childrenswear and babywear is soft, durable, and colorful. Natural dyes range from muted to strong, bold colorations. You can find colorfast clothing in the deepest blacks and indigos, to bold and bright yellows and reds. There are many companies that are dedicated to producing chemical free dyes and paints for clothing. You not only find great fabrics colors, you can also find great prints and elaborate and colorful screen prints for children.
The fabrics used for children's clothes must be easy to wear and non-abrasive to the skin. We naturally assume the cloth won't be soft if it's organic, but manufacturers are producing some of the softest clothes in hemp fibers, cotton, linen, silk, and wool, all machine washable. You will find knits which are great for playwear, denims and twills, again great for active-wear. Organic fabrics come in bamboo - which is surprisingly similar to silk - and it's breathable, antimicrobial, and UV resistant. The list of fibers is longer than you might think and new inventions adding to the organic production of clothes take place every day.
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