Green Clothing for Your Kids

13 Jul

When it comes to children wear, some parents are inclined to make the mistake of assuming that the more expensive the clothes, the better the quality.  That is not necessarily the case, since there are quite a lot of quality garment brands offering reasonable prices.  However, if you are quite concerned about reducing the risk of your kids’ being exposed to harmful substances such as BPA, formaldehyde, etc then buying them organic clothing, or green clothes, is the way to go.

First and foremost, you should have a basic understanding of Green Clothes for the purpose of dressing your children in an environmentally-friendly way.  Green clothing does not refer to color, silly.  Rather, it refers to clothes that are manufactured through methods that pose the least possible damage to the environment.  Green Clothes should meet three requirements:
1.   Production ecology: Simply speaking, the production process should avoid produce toxic gas and effluent. On the contrary, no noxious chemical agents and pigments should be used.

2.   User ecology: that is to say the final productions are harmless to the users’ skin, brain, and other body organs.

3.  Dispose ecology: clothes can be disposed environmentally or changed into fertilizers to the plant after abandoned.

To be able to make sure that your kid is wearing green clothing, it is not enough to simply rely on the label.  Just because it claims to be organic clothes, or eco-friendly wear does not make it automatically so.  For one thing, it is all too easy to make fake claims, especially if you are buying brands that are not so well-known.   To discern which types kids clothing can truly qualify as eco apparel, you need to have a familiarity with the most commonly used materials.

100% organic cotton is your best bet for children's wear

The most widely used material is cotton. Here you should make a distinction between organic cotton and cotton. The former one is growing without synthetic chemicals. It’s cultivated by the natural fertilizer, reducing the use of toxic pesticides and fertilizers. Organic cotton does not possess a more authentic quality in terms of appearance; children are bound to find it more comfortable as well.  Unfortunately, the majority of cotton grown and processed for textiles are mostly non-organic.  In fact, about 25% of the world’s insecticides and more than 10% world’s pesticides are used on cotton. What’s more, in the production process, hazardous chemicals are used, like softeners, heavy metals and formaldehyde. As you can easily imagine, any miscalculation of mishandling with these substances can easily cause harm to children, animals, and adults.  You probably have heard enough news about product recalls to be alarmed on this account.
A new organic material that is gaining in popularity is bamboo.  It is naturally organic and growing well even without the benefit of fertilizer and other synthetic chemicals. Generally speaking, clothes made from bamboo are sustainable, supple and comfortable. All of these qualities make bamboo an ideal material for the production of green clothing, not just for kids but even for adults as well.

Less known yet also frequently used, hemp is another environmentally friendly material. Manufactures get hemps from cannabis plants (Yup, the same one that is harvested to make marijuana smokes–this is probably one more reason why hemp clothing is not that widely manufactured, given that growing the cannabis or marijuana plant is illegal in most countries.)   It can be made into types of clothes, like T-shirt and trousers. Clothes made from hemp are inexpensive. To some degree, the garment made from this material is a satisfactory option for most people.

As concerned parents, you naturally want what is best for your kids.  With this in mind, making educated consumer choices are definitely the way to go.

This post was written by Sherry, who works for Miccostumes.com, a shop supplying wonderful costumes online. She’s also busy with running her blog. You can find her on facebook and twitter.

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