Sustainable Baby Clothing - Benefits of Organic Cotton Clothing

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The word "organic" has gained a lot of respect in recent years. From foods, to clothes, to even construction materials, people have decided that sustainability is the way to go. Political views about whether or not climate change is real aside, clothes made from organic cotton is just plain healthier for you and your child. It is no secret that a child's skin is much more sensitive than an adult's skin especially when it comes to harmful environmental substances. With this in mind, conventionally grown cotton uses 7 of the top 15 pesticides on U.S. cotton crops that are potential or known human carcinogens. These carcinogens are left on the cotton fibers of the final product such as shirts or jeans that end up on shelves of retail stores across the country.

Besides having you and your child wear clothing that may trigger allergic reactions due these chemicals, choosing products made from organic cotton is better for the environment. Organic farmer research and utilize the latest natural methods to farm and solve the pest problems that plague these crops. For example, instead of using dangerous pesticides, the farmers might introduce natural predators of these pests. Or, they may grow "trap crops" to lure the pests away from the organic cotton crops. These techniques do not do any harm to the environment, helps maintain soil fertility, and keep chemicals off of you and your child.

Granted, no one is dying left and right as a result of wearing clothes made from conventionally grown cotton. But when there are two options in front of you, why wouldn't you choose the option that has the most benefits as well as give you the best bang for your buck? That's right! Clothes made from organic fibers, though may cost a bit more initially, last quite a bit longer than its conventionally-grown counterparts due to it not having been harshly treated with chemicals, dyes, and formaldehyde before it is even sent to be produced into a
product for retail stores. Rachel V. Birchler of Mooi, an organic children's clothing boutique in Pittsburgh, points out that "conventionally produced cotton material lasts 10-20 washes before it starts to break down. An organic cotton material lasts for 100 washes or more before it begins to wear down." This translates into saving quite a bit of money when you get right down to it.

You are not going to be seen as a bad parent if you don't buy organic clothes for your child but keep these factors in mind the next time you're in the market for a cute jumper for your little one or a button down shirt for yourself.

As responsible parents and just responsible citizens of our planet, we all should ensure our children grow up in a healthy, beautiful environment. This is why Fuzzy Green Monster was established. It is our goal to provide your children with eco-friendly apparel that is fashion-forward yet environmentally sound. There is not reason you should sacrifice style and comfort for sustainability and we at Fuzzy Green Monster strive to prove that every day with every piece.

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