- Everyday Cotton
Everyday (non-organic) cotton accounts for 25% of the chemicals used on crops worldwide. Excess remainder from these poisons are transferred from the soil, making their way into the fibers of our conventional cotton clothing. Even the smallest dose of chemical (involving insecticide and pesticide) exposure has been linked to brain and fetal damage in humans.
Organic fabrics are better for your body and when grown organically, it conserves land biodiversity. The growing and harvesting of organic cotton also uses 71% less water and 62% less energy than conventional cotton making it the more environmentally-friendly choice.
2. Synthetic fabrics
Did you know that your skin keeps you healthy by discharging up to .5kg of toxins per day? Synthetic fibers like polyester and nylon can actually inhibit toxin release. Wearing synthetic fabrics can cause eczema, nausea, headaches and respiratory problems.
Natural fabrics are Best
Unlike synthetics, natural materials like organic cotton, linen, silk and hemp allow the body to breath and regulate body temperature properly. Natural fibers are also naturally biodegradable and can be composted, while synthetics don’t break down and can live in landfills for hundreds of years.
3. Mass Production
Ever thought that the on trend, exquisite baby clothing you have purchased has been ethically made? Think again. Whilst many companies tend to make this claim, most who have their clothing made out of India or China are coming out of the same factories as the big retailers (think Ali Express, Ali baba, Target, Kmart and Big w). It is essentially modern day slavery and child laborers that are making the clothes, paid wages far below the poverty line.
Instead, Support Small.
Find out where the clothes are made, if the retailer can have the conversation about their process, how the clothes are made and who makes their clothes, chances are they are an ethical company to purchase from. Find companies who support their seamstresses/sewing team (including their families) and don’t be afraid to ask how much they are paid!