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Creating Positive Change Thru Your Closet 1

Back in the turbulent 1960’s, the battles for social justice and peace were waged in the streets and campuses while their sometimes violent images were splashed across the television headline news. With time, the Hippies morphed into the Yuppies and their children have grown into Generation X and Gen Y. The collective voice for a higher quality of life has perhaps become less strident, but the desires for social justice, a healthy planet, and a pure life filled with happiness and energy are still strong and vibrant. One battle front has quietly moved into our closets. The organic clothing and eco-fashion movement has become a major and largely silent force in improving the life and health of our personal, social and global eco-systems.

When we think about global warming, growing cancer rates, deepening poverty in some of the world’s poorest countries, and even increasing chemical sensitivities, our clothes closets are probably not the first villain that comes to mind, but our clothes can be a significant, quiet co-conspirator.  The global clothing industry has a worldwide Dark Side of which most of us are not aware as we fill our shopping bags with inexpensive cotton shirts from mall clothing stores.  The simple act of conventionally growing and harvesting the one pound of cotton fiber needed to make a T-shirt takes an enormous and devastating toll on the earth’s air, water, and soil that impacts global health.  Also, policies and practices within the cotton industry from crop subsidies to garment sweatshops create poverty and misery that stretch around the world.

Just 2.4% of the world's arable land is planted with cotton yet cotton accounts for 24% of the world's insecticide market and 11% of global pesticides sales, making it the most pesticide-intensive crop grown on the planet.  The environmental damage due to toxic herbicides, pesticides, insecticides, and synthetic chemical fertilizers is significant and sometimes deadly to farm workers and wildlife near the cotton farms. Irrigation and rainwater runoff contain high levels of chemical pollutants which poison streams, rivers, lakes and seep into wells and reservoirs used for community drinking water. Many municipal water treatment centers lack equipment to eliminate these toxic chemicals before they enter city water lines. Residues of pesticides have been measured in human amniotic fluid and they accumulate in fatty tissues and have been found in human breast milk. For the chemically sensitive and everyone concerned about the levels of chemical toxicity that ultimately travel into our bodies, the cotton fields are just the beginning of the long, chemical road to our wardrobes and closets.

Chemical toxins are a growing problem for everyone – you, me, your family, people everywhere. Dr. Dick Irwin, a toxicologist at Texas A&M University, stated that “Chemicals have replaced bacteria and viruses as the main threat to health. The diseases we are beginning to see as the major causes of death in the later part of (the 1900’s) and into the 21st century are diseases of chemical origin.” The chemical toxic overload growing around us is taking many forms including increases in cancer, asthma, and a condition called Multiple Chemical Sensitivities (MCS) which medical researchers believe to arise from a physiology that has been weakened by an overexposure to chemical toxins. This overexposure probably occurs gradually over many years. Researchers have long known that chemical toxins can be stored and accumulated in the fatty tissue and organs such as the liver.  MCS is thought to be a result of the chemical “straw that breaks the back” of our body’s natural ability to purify and remove toxins and it causes a temporary or prolonged breakdown in the body’s natural balance.  Harsh and toxic chemicals from clothing dyes and easy-care clothing finishes can be directly absorbed through the wearer’s skin into the blood system.

The conventional garment industry has been like a silent, global tsunami that endlessly rolls across the world swamping communities in toxic pesticides, dyes, harsh manufacturing chemicals, polluting ground waters, killing wildlife, seriously harming farm workers, often trapping garment workers – many of whom are children – in developing countries to sweatshop conditions while U.S. cotton subsidies to corporate American cotton growers depress global cotton prices to some of the world’s poorest cotton farmers in developing African countries. All this pain is for cheap, easy-care, chain store clothing which has been drenched in harsh and often toxic chemicals. And the final irony is that this chemically-laced conventional clothing then aggravates and helps contribute to growing health problems and chemical sensitivities for the wearer.

Because of the vastness of the global clothing industry, any positive changes that we can produce in our clothes closets will have large rewards. There is a growing movement among fashion designers and independent, organic garment manufacturers to create apparel that is a positive, life supporting and eco-friendly force. Katharine Hamnett, an English fashion designer deeply committed to ethically and environmentally sustainable fashions and recipient of the prestigious British Designer Of The Year Award, recently proclaimed, “I want to prove to the industry that there’s a viable alternative financial model the world can benefit from. The effect of the clothing industry has more impact on climate change than if the entire world signed the Kyoto Agreement.”

Organic clothing has come a long way since the hippie, oatmeal-type of clothes. Linda Loudermilk, another eco-fashion designer of Haute Couture who is capturing global attention stated, “I design to hit people at a gut level; to capture the soul and raw beauty of people and nature. The garments in my fall collection inherently bring up our universal connectedness and our responsibility to take care of each other and the earth. This collection is about the hope in the world and the 'we are all one' spirit.”

The deep desire to improve the quality of life individually and globally is spreading throughout the clothing and fashion world.  Eco-designer to celebrities such as Charlize Theron, Gwen Stefani, Cameron Diaz and Sarah Jessica Parker, Deborah Lindquist simply declared, "I want to do my best to take care of the planet by designing with recycled and eco-friendly materials. I think we all have to start with what we know because it can seem like a daunting task since I feel the world is in crisis. I design clothing, so I figured I'd start there."

You need not be a celeb to begin to transform your clothes closet into a force for positive change. A growing number of organic clothing manufacturers are creating purely beautiful, healthy and practical clothing for everyday life using organic cottons, hemp, wool, alpaca, and newer eco-fibers such as bamboo and soya. As members of the Organic Trade Association, they also actively support the principles of Fair Trade and social justice for all farm and garment workers.

The organic and sustainable clothing industry has become a critical support for the holistic health movement. Yoga, for example, has become immensely popular to improve cardiovascular and respiratory efficiencies while reducing mental stress. It is difficult to imagine doing yoga while wrapped in conventional chemical clothing.

The most practical way to transform your clothes closet from chemical to healthy is one garment at a time. Few can afford a dramatic “everything goes” experience. When you need to replace a garment, replace it with organic. If you are replacing clothing that is still wearable, donate it to a local thrift store or homeless shelter. There are many who need decent clothing even if it is conventionally grown and manufactured. Recycling is an important, eco-friendly principal. When shopping for new apparel, forget the chain store malls and check out local and online organic clothing stores.

Clothing is innately an expression of your values, so if you care about social justice and the environment then make your clothing express those values. Katharine Hamnet expressed it very succinctly, “Are you going to mindlessly go the easy way or are you going to go the ethical way?”

 

Source: http://organicclothing.blogs.com/my_weblog/2006/01/creating_positi.html

The High Cost of Organic Clothing 4

We occasionally receive emails and calls from people who are confused, concerned, dismayed, and even irritated about the cost of organic and natural clothing. This is a touchy point that often comes up in the organic industry – clothing and also vegetables, fruit, skin care, and everything that can bear an organic label. We truly do understand people’s concern and irritation at the perceived high cost of some organic and natural clothing.

Like most new and emerging industries, small companies and “mom and pop” stores are working hard to build the organic and sustainable clothing market. Small companies lack the size and buying muscle to achieve economies of scale that drive prices lower. But the organic and sustainable clothing industry is about more than achieving Wal-Mart’s “always low prices”; it is also about ethics and sustainability and doing what is right for workers, consumers and the planet.

But all the fuzzy feel good issues aside, how can Wal-Mart charge only $3 for a conventionally-grown, manufactured and hand-sewn women’s cotton tank top while LotusOrganics.com charges $24? The reasons are many, complex, and vary according to a large shopping bag of factors. Let’s examine some of the most common and significant factors that affect the price of organic clothing. These are not in any particular order.

  1. Organic cotton is more expensive to grow than conventional, chemically drenched and unsustainable cotton. At first blush, you might think that organic should be less expensive to grow because organic doesn’t use expensive GMO seeds, expensive petroleum-based fertilizers, or expensive toxic herbicides and pesticides like conventionally grown crops and cottons. But organically grown crops still must contend with weeds and fight devouring insects and this all costs money … actually more money than conventional chemical methods which is why conventional methods use all those toxic and deadly chemicals. 

  2. Organic cotton is more expensive to harvest. To reduce harvesting costs and improve cotton yields, conventional cotton harvesting uses a variety of harvest-aids such as spraying cotton fields with chemicals like thidiazuron to defoliate cotton plants by removing mature and juvenile leaves to facilitate machine harvesting, suppress growth of new plant leaves, desiccants containing pyraflufen ethyl, carfentrazon, dimethipin, paraquat, and glyphosate to kill and dry leaves remaining on the cotton plants and weeds after chemical defoliation, and chemicals containing the active ingredient ethephon to accelerate the opening of the cotton bolls. Organic cotton harvesting is done without the use of these chemical harvest-aids and is more labor intensive resulting in higher harvest costs. 

  3. Organic fabrics are more expensive to manufacture. Because of the relatively small quantities of cotton involved, it is more expensive to gin, clean and manufacture organic cotton fabric. Almost all organic cotton fabric is manufactured in facilities that also process and manufacture conventional cotton fabrics from conventionally grown chemical cotton. But, before the organic cotton can be processed in these facilities, all the cotton gins and weaving and knitting machines must be cleaned of all residues from the processing of the conventional cotton. Of course, the facility owners add the additional costs for this cleaning and equipment downtime to the production costs for the organic fabrics. This all contributes to driving up the costs for producing organic cotton fabrics. 

  4. Organic garments are more expensive to manufacture for many reasons. Some of them relate to the relatively small size of the organic clothing market and the need to frequently share manufacturing facilities with conventional clothing. Like the manufacturing process, all sewing machines and work areas must be cleaned of conventional garments and contaminants before being used for sewing organic garments. 

    But there is another more significant factor why much conventional clothing is so inexpensive – cheap labor that often borders near being sweatshop or indentured. We have written several articles on the social pollution of sweatshops in the garment industry. Basically, most large clothing retailers contract with many dozens of clothing manufacturing facilities scattered in developing countries around the world. Many of these facilities exploit the poorest and most desperate workers and pay pennies a day to workers who sew long hours under appalling conditions to make those cheap, inexpensive shirts, pants and undergarments that fill the large, mega stores in our home towns and shopping malls. 

    Faded Glory, who manufactures those $3 rib knit cotton tank tops for Wal-Mart, has been implicated by the National Labor Committee of using desperately poor women and child labor working as much as 13 hours per day and 7 days per week at a base wage of 13 cents per hour in sweatshops in Nicaragua and other poor countries. Think about it! How can a company buy the fabric and materials, hire workers to sew the garments with a scoop neck accented by a satin bow and with ribbon-woven crochet trim around the neckline and armholes and a frill edge hem, ship them to a U.S. port, truck them to stores across the country, pay retail workers and building expenses, have a little profit for Wall Street, and only charge $3 for a tank top? You can be sure that very little of that $3 is going to the garment workers who did the sewing. And how many can a garment worker cut and sew in an hour for a few pennies each?  

    Fair trade and fair pay for workers are important cornerstones of the organic and natural clothing industry and significantly add to the cost of organic and fair trade apparel. Also, natural clothing companies such as Earth Creationsand Blue Canoe manufacture in the U.S. and pay fair wages plus benefits in an attempt to revive the deceased U.S. garment manufacturing industry.
  5. Organic garments are more expensive to ship to distributors, retailers and customer. This isn’t because they are organic, but because the market size is so much smaller. Wal-Mart, Gap, J.Crew and the other large retail chains can deliver a large trailer load of clothes to their stores at significantly lower per-garment prices than it costs to FedEx a box or two of organic clothes to your local organic clothing store.
  6. Organic clothing retailers find it more expensive to advertise and market. The huge retail chains can use their enormous marketing budgets and muscle to get the most cost-effective advertising. This, also, is really a small store vs. enormous chain store issue but it figures into the perception of organic clothing being more expensive than conventional clothing.
  7.  Organic growers, manufacturers and retailers lack the mass buying power and the economies of scale found in the large retail chains. Trade organizations such as Co-op America, Organic Trade Association, Soil Association, Green People, and a growing number of non-profit organizations are helping promote, expand, advertise and market organic and sustainable clothing and apparel. Their help is hugely appreciated.

Although we have frequently mentioned cotton, the same factors are generally also true for other natural fibers such as hemp, bamboo, wool, soya, corn and the growing number of other natural fibers being used to manufacture natural and healthy fabrics.

An inconvenient truth is that organic and all-natural clothing will always be more expensive than conventional, chemical clothing. The good news is that the price gap will continue to shrink as the market size of organic clothing grows and the economies of scale improve. Doing what is right is not always easy … or cheap, sometimes. But, as Dumbledore counseled Harry Potter, “It’s not our abilities, but our choices that define who we are.”

Don’t worry. No one is growing fat or wealthy from selling organic and all natural clothing. We all wish that everyone could easily afford all the organic, sustainable and healthy clothing that they need and we are working toward that end. But it will only happen by all us working together and supporting each other. The blog Organicasm has posted "How to Get Great Deals on Organic Clothing" to help consumers make the best use of their eco-dollars.  Check it out.

Enjoy.

Michael
LotusOrganics.com


Source: http://organicclothing.blogs.com/my_weblog/2006/12/the_high_cost_o.html

How to Buy Eco-Friendly Clothing 0

You know, and clothing made of nylon, acrylic and other synthetic fibers include plastic. They are made from petrochemicals, and some consumer advocates have toxic effects and wearing a plastic fiber. Therefore, artificial silk clothing is the best option because it is composed of cellulose, which are found in plants. However, it is used in the petrochemical industry to break down cellulose, so that can be converted to the line.

You know, are often treated fabric with formaldehyde. The establishment of the order to complete the non-ferrous cotton fabric, they make the explosion nylon. It is best to wash new clothes before wearing to remove the excess to complete. Please note that the wool is naturally resistant to fire. May not respond to sensitivity wool, wool clothes laundering, because it may actually be sensitive with bleach and dyes.

Choose clothes made from natural fibers, but because of the clothes from natural fibers so that it can create adverse environmental impact. For example, the cotton has always been the most polluted natural materials, fungicides and pesticides used to grow cotton. More of the production of organic cotton clothing and environmentally friendly. Organic cotton grown without pesticides, and organic cotton clothing manufacturers are often used in the dye, is less toxic.

Please note that some retailers cloth made of organic cotton mix, along with recycled fiber, such as polyester fibers. Other sales of sandals by a group of foam and recycled rubber.

Looking for clothing made from bamboo. Retailers who sell clothing made from bamboo fibers that are naturally anti-microbial, which means it does not require any chemicals to prevent bacterial growth. In addition, the bamboo grown without pesticides, natural supplement their own.

 

 

Source: http://ffarberwaretlj.copious-systems.com/articles/4d187cdf1a8efc1e37001196/

  • Christian Morqueda

Going Green in 2011 1

 First comes the New Year, and then comes the resolutions.  With eco awareness on the rise, it's not surprising that many New Year's resolutions are to start living green.   While green living may be the new buzz word, to start doing it may take some definition.

Our eco friendly training defines green living or a sustainable lifestyle as a set of choices that minimizes a person's environmental impact.  Why is living a sustainable lifestyle appealing?  A sustainable lifestyle is chosen for a host of reasons.  Some are inspired to protect natural resources while others are called to ensure healthier living.  There are those that embrace a sustainable lifestyle because it makes sense financially.  Regardless of the source of inspiration, many are now finding the value in living green.

Following are 10 tips to get you started in living a sustainable lifestyle:
1.    Organics: visit your local farmer's market for organic fruits and veggies and use organic personal care and clothing from natural fibers.
2.    Recycling: recycle everything! Paper, materials, home items, and more!
3.    Energy efficiency: purchase energy efficient appliances.  Buy and use renewable or wind energy and monitor your use of energy.
4.    Water: get to know what is in your water and use it efficiently.
5.    Indoor air quality: use chemical free cleaners, live plants, sustainable fabrics and paint in your home. Your indoor air quality will improve and you'll support sustainable businesses producing green products.
6.    Green your home: Reduce your use of paper and eliminate junk mail.
7.    Innovate and inspire your employer and coworkers and green your work.
8.    Green your travel.
9.    Make every day choices matter.
10.  Explore which alternative transportation option is interesting to you. 

Worried about making those resolutions stick?  Here are a few more tips:

1.    Select one eco action that you feel inspired to act on.  The key words here are one and inspired.   If it's a big resolution and meaningful to you, we suggest picking one thing.  Also, go for something BIG!  An area in which you really want to see achievement and a feeling of reward. 

2.    Break it down.  Start by working backwards working from the end result to where you are now.  One of the biggest problems is that the goals we set are sometimes too drastic or too big to bite off.  We make efforts towards that goal and when we see little to no progress, we give up.  So, by breaking it down, backwards, you get an idea of what stage you would like to be in towards that development.  Then, start taking action towards the smaller, incremental goal.  In time, that goal will lead you to the next incremental goal and then the final goal.

3.    Recognize and acknowledge indicators.  Indicators are improvements in your mood towards your goal.  If you are feeling good about your efforts, how you are doing, noticing yourself taking action in a positive way, acknowledge yourself.  In fact, focus exclusively on the positive efforts you are making and that in itself will align you more with the achievement of your resolution.

4.    Have fun with it.  If you can find creative ways to document your efforts and success while holding yourself accountable, then you'll not only find success but enjoy the process as well.

 

 

Source: http://envirooftheusa.blogspot.com/2010/12/going-green-in-2011.html

  • Christian Morqueda

The Contact Dermatitis and Clothing Connection 61

 

Persons who suffer with dermatitis or sensitive skin have a difficult time living day to day avoiding allergens and the dreaded rash, itching and discomfort that comes with it. I have sensitive skin and prone to develop contact dermatitis at any time often reacting to something next to my skin that I have used for long periods of time. I recently had to discard my favorite pair of pants after months of developing a rash on my stomach and side whenever I wore them. How could this be I said to myself, of all the things in the world to have, why did I inherit this strange skin?

While researching the matter I came across some interesting information regarding contact dermatitis and clothing. It seems there are quite a few people who develop contact dermatitis from formaldehyde resins which are used for textile finishes. Apparently it's pretty common in women but men can also develop the condition if they have sensitive skin. I was amazed and had no idea that formaldehyde was used on fabrics. Can you imagine being allergic to your clothes? If you are experiencing a chronic recurring rash on various part of your body, particularly where clothes fit tightly you may want to contact your Dermatologist and request testing for this sensitivity. The rash can get particularly irritated from perspiration and in areas where the friction of the fabric rubs against the skin.

According to the American Contact Dermatitis Society common eruption sites include the posterior neck, upper back, lateral thorax (part of the body between the head or neck and abdomen), waistband and flexor (fingers) surfaces. It can however appear in other areas like the forehead if you wear a cap that's been treated with formaldehyde.

Formaldehyde is used to make clothing that is wrinkle resistant (permanent press) and these can release significant amounts of the substance. The American Contact Dermatitis Society states that rayon, blended cotton, corduroy, wrinkle-resistant 100% cotton, and any synthetic blended polymer are likely to have been treated with formaldehyde resins. Women's clothing also includes lingerie and undergarments.

Many individuals are allergic to formaldehyde and know to avoid personal care products that contain formaldehyde releasing preservatives. Keep in mind that many pharmaceuticals including OTC drugs also use these same preservatives so it's not limited to skin care products. For those sensitive to formaldehyde clothing can also be a stong source of irritation.

Each country has its own manufacturing standards for acceptable levels for formaldehyde resins. A low indicator of formaldehyde releasing resin would be 75 ppm which is the Japanese standard, the US standard is somewhere near 300ppm, quite a difference.

Fabrics safe to wear: 100% silk, 100% linen (if it wrinkles easy), 100% polyester, 100% acrylic, 100% nylon, spandex, flannel (soft), wool (may cause irritation) and denim.

Do not wear these fabrics: Permanent press, wrinkle resistant, color-fast, stain-resistant, blends (including rayon, polyester-cotton), corduroy or shrink-proof wool.

It is suggested that you read the labels in your existing clothing and separate them in your closet so you will know what's safe to wear. Always opt for loose fitting clothing since friction and perspiration can cause the condition to flare. Read the labels in any new clothing before you purchase. Clothes made in Japan are the safest and companies that sell clothes in Japan also have to meet the Japanese standard.

Companies that meet the Japanese standard: GAP, Old Navy, Banana Republic, Liz Claiborne, Eddie Bauer, Cuddle Duds and Levi Strauss. There may be others but these were on the list from the American Contact Dermatitis Society.

If you suspect that you or a loved one may have this sensitivity please contact your dermatologist to be tested. Also visit the website of The American Contact Dermatitis Society for more detailed information.

 

 

Source: Y Walker, http://www.clothing-racks.tk/270165-The-Contact-Dermatitis-and-Clothing-Connection.html

  • Christian Morqueda

The Many Benefits of a Natural Approach to Baby Clothing 0

 

Becoming enviromentally friendly is now a large way of living for many people all around the globe. Quite a few people may ditch their cars and opt to ride a bike to the office, while others are taking all of their water bottles to the recycling bin at their local supermarket. But there are also other steps you can do to help the environment and make an amazing, clean home for themselves and their family. Something as simple as turning to organic clothing will in fact help the way the planet works. And what better way to begin a kid’s life than by dressing them in organic baby clothing .

Lots of people may be aware about organic farmers. These farmers make a living by growing simply organically planted and collected plants. The plants aren’t sprayed with just about any pesticides and there’s never any preservative chemicals or artificial harvesting methods employed. To be an organic farmer, you will discover stern guidelines which have to be followed and the farm itself must be certified organic. Growing to be an organic farmer is not an easy task, seeing that so many stern guidelines and guidelines do not allow any artificial ways to be employed during farming. All foods which are organically developed are a lot much healthier than those which have been sprayed with pesticide sprays and other toxins and bacteria. Regrettably, mainly because organic farmers aren’t allowed to use synthetic chemical preservatives or pesticide sprays, their crops have a smaller shelf existence. What that does mean would be that the crops are delivered out to stores almost the very day they’re farmed.

So now, just what does that have to do with organic clothing Cotton can be a crop that can be organically developed. Cotton farmers who go green make use of the same rules and principals as any other crop farmer. Since of this, the cotton comes out fresher and cleaner. The cotton is then utilized to create lovely, organic clothing. Baby clothing and accessories are among the most well-liked organic products available. Since babies skin is so delicate, the pure simpleness of organic clothes allows the child to relax and be wholesome while sporting their clothes. No dyes or harsh chemical compounds are employed when creating organic baby clothes. Due to the fact of this, the clothes is a tan or white color. The clothes is in its most natural and most natural form.

What’s so great about going green for your baby are entirely unlimited. For one, you will like the idea of supporting the planet while dressing your baby. Another benefit is the fact that your baby will not suffer any allergies from certain dyes that are normally used in baby clothes. Organic clothing is entirely organic and dye-free. And if you’re wondering if you’ll find any other ways to go green for your baby, try using non-disposable nappies. Any parent would know that disposable nappies cost a lot of money and are a huge waste of valuable materials. Non-disposable nappies let you wash and reuse the clothing, saving you money and saving the planet harmful toxic waste. Given that of all of these invaluable benefits, being enviromentally friendly for your baby is just a smart choice to make. 

 

 

Source: http://bargaintravelagency.com/archives/2010/12/03/the-many-benefits-of-a-natural-approach-to-baby-clothing/

  • Christian Morqueda

Why Organic Baby Clothes 5

 

Having a child is one stair nearer to becoming selfless. It opens a whole new world of unselfishness and sensitivity of others needs. We tend to become mindful of the things that come in and out, whether it is the food, the water, and even the clothes that our family members put on.

Organic baby clothing has lately been heard. We listen so often about organic this and organic that. It is because there have been an observed increased in asthma, eczema, spots, nappy rash, bugs, and other hypersensitivity-related illnesses. More and more parents are concerned about their babies clothing and would definitely go for those without toxic substances like pesticides and fabric finishing. Organic baby clothing seems to be the smart and best alternative parents choose.

What It Takes to Get Organic Clothing


In order to grow organic crops that will be used in making organic baby clothes, it takes about three years to treat the land that it grows on. It must not be sprayed with any synthetic fertilizer, pesticide, and herbicide. Organic treatments such as the use of manure fertilizers and crop rotation will be employed. All natural agriculture techniques will be exploited to develop organic crops that will be made into organic baby clothing.

Benefits of Organic Clothing


There has been a widespread use of certified organic baby clothing all because of the fact that babies are more sensitive than adults. Nevertheless, going organic does not only benefit the babies but also the entire ecosystem that we are a part of. A single shirt made of a 100 percent organic material saves a third for every hundred pounds of synthetic fertilizers and chemicals because growing these organic crops does not use chemical fertilizers that are sprayed from above, hence, affecting nearby houses, rivers and even people who would also ingest the chemicals. To ensure that a field grows certified organic crops, it should be chemical free for 3 years and should conform to certain standards.

What Organic Baby Clothes Are Made Of


Organic baby clothes are made from toxic-free substances and are also devoid from flare retardants, petrochemicals, heavy metals, and other toxins that could be risky to the health of a baby. Asthma attack, skin allergies, intoxication, and even cancer are the health risks that are associated in using traditionally fully grown crops same cotton wool. Sensitivities in using these garments are the reason of the remnants of the toxicant in development cotton wool. Organic baby clothing are less potential to cause allergies and sensitivities. Its cotton is softer than traditionally grown cotton and is more durable.

In today’s world, where most people are getting more conscious about their health, the movement toward going organic has increased. Much more when it concerns babies. Organic baby clothing will not only protect your babies, but it will also ensure the safety of our environment. It is the pure heart of a altruistic parent who thinks of acquiring organic baby clothes for their children.

 

 

Source: http://articlewriterdirectory.com/home-and-family/why-organic-baby-clothes/

  • Christian Morqueda

Baby Sleep Issues The Safety Of Natural Baby Products 1

 

 

When it comes to keeping baby healthy and safe, there is much to consider. There are many organic and natural baby products; it’s easy to find the right products for your baby. If your baby’s safety is important to you, you should consider one of the many natural products available for your child.

Organic baby food is one of the most popular items for baby’s health and wellness. From organic fruits and vegetables to organic formula, there are many items for your babies that are organic. With eco-friendly products becoming more popular, there are organic items for all areas of baby’s life. Keeping your little one in natural baby products is important to many parents. Whatever you choose, it’s important to keep baby’s safety in mind with all things she comes in contact with.

Organic mattresses, furniture, and bedding are popular for babies. These soft and toxin-free items are sure to keep your baby safe and comfortable. The variety of natural baby products makes it easy to keep your baby healthy by using only the best items. There is also organic food and even organic skincare. These products are wonderful for babies with allergies or sensitive skin.

It’s healthier for all babies to be exposed to only organic or natural products. If you’re looking for toys for your baby, there are even many natural baby products for your baby to play with. Things like wood play sets and natural rubber pacifiers are available and easy to find. Keeping your baby safe is easier than ever before.

From bamboo clothing to organic food, it’s easy to find natural baby products for your baby. Shop around carefully before you make a decision though. All parents consider their baby’s safety to be the biggest priority, so it’s no wonder so many parents are choosing organic and natural items for their baby.

 

Source: http://babysleepisslpe.blog.com/2010/11/26/baby-sleep-issues-the-safety-of-natural-baby-products/#comment-2

  • Christian Morqueda

Why Organic Cotton Is Best for Infants 0

 

Some thing occurs when parents have their initial babythey start worrying. A lot. Mostly, they worry about the welfare of their new child, particularly in terms of what to feed their new arrival and what to put on his or her skin.

Unsurprisingly, organic food, regardless of whether out of a jar or homemade is frequently chosen as parents effortlessly recognise that you will find no nasty chemicals concerned. Organic and normal skincare goods, or goods designed specifically for delicate child skin are an simple option too as they’re less likely to trigger eczema. Its an obvious jump from organic food and skincare to natural child clothing. Yet so several parents have not got to grips with this however. 

 

Regrettably, organic baby clothing is proving a little slower to grow in popularity. Its not as simple to comprehend ” a lot of people dont make the connection between the clothes that they dress their baby in and the cotton plants growing in fields. But cotton is in reality one of the most heavily pesticided crops in the world, which means that you will find an awful good deal of chemicals concerned. And thats just in growing it. When you add the dyes, processing and anti-shrink resins, you have 1 very chemical-heavy product.

But these clothes are going directly against your babys skin all day and all night, and that means that your babys pores and skin is exposed to these chemical substances. Organic cotton is different. There are no nasty chemical substances or pesticides concerned ” to be fully certified the dyes and processes require to be chemical free too ” which indicates that natural cotton is as natural and pure as it possibly could be, which makes it a great choice for child clothing.

The reality that natural cotton is chemical-free indicates that it is a lot, a lot kinder to eczema, allergies and sensitive child skin. A good deal of mother and father have found that dressing their children in natural clothing can truly help if their little one suffers from eczema, and several do make the option only to use organic clothes for their infants for this reason. It makes a massive distinction, and if youve chosen natural child food and skincare, then organic baby clothes are the next logical step. 

 

 

Source: http://www.key2loans.com/why-organic-cotton-is-best-for-infants/

 
  • Christian Morqueda

Organic clothing? A Return to Safe and Sustainable Practices 0

 

The judgment of “Go Green” rarely favors organic civilised world to strengthen a illness of people as good as a world by shortening a altogether bearing to poisonous chemicals from fake pesticides which can finish up in a ground, air, H2O as good as food supply, as good as which have been compared with illness consequences, from asthma to cancer. While many of us consider of food when we consider organic, there have been good ways to move immature in to a habit given wardrobe attention is really large as good as a garments we wear fool around an critical purpose in a bland life.

Due to a damaging goods of pesticides as good as fake materials upon a people as good as environment, some-more as good as some-more people have been right away returning to healthy as good as organic products. Organic clothing additionally represents a lapse to protected as good as tolerable practices. It is progressively winning people’s preference given there have been no toxins or fake fertilizers which have been damaging to environment. There have been essentially many opposite materials which organic wardrobe can be done from similar to hemp, soy, wool, string as good as bamboo, though a many renouned between all is organic cotton.

No doubt, string is a world’s many renouned fabric. Soft as good as comfortable, it’s used for roughly any sort of clothing; Socks, shirts, sweaters, dresses, jackets, sleepwear, sportswear as good as some-more – all proceed in sensuous immature fields of string though required string is additionally a single of a many chemically-dependent crops, sucking up 10 percent of all rural chemicals as good as twenty-five percent of insecticides upon 3 percent of a cultivatable land; that’s some-more than any alternative stand per unit. Since string is a a single of a many during large traded commodity (nearly half of all weave products produced), required cotton-growing leads to large environmental as good as illness problems.

The actuality is which a problems with wardrobe prolongation do not stop in a field. During a acclimatisation of required string in to clothing, countless poisonous chemicals have been combined during any theatre – silicone waxes, oppressive fake substance scours, softeners, brighteners, complicated metals, fire as good as dirt retardants, ammonia as good as formaldehyde etc. which equates to inauspicious outcome upon a environment. Developmental damage, respiratory problems, leukemia, allergies, eye irritation, as good as shaken complement basin have all been related to these industrial chemicals.

On a alternative hand, Organic string is grown with healthy fertilizers to revoke a environmental stroke of wardrobe production. Mechanical civilised world as good as biological equates to have been used to carry out pests as good as weeds. Clothes done from organic string have been pure, healthy as good as some-more breathable for ethereal skin similar to baby skin. Organic baby wardrobe is super soothing opposite a skin as good as thus really gentle to wear, creation it preferred for babies as good as children. Baby garments done from organic string not usually keep dangerous pesticides out of a environment, they keep them off your baby’s supportive skin as well.

People with allergies as good as containing alkali attraction generally good from organic clothing, as there have been no damaging poisonous residues in it. Organic string clothing lasts longer due to a healthy composition. From infrequent wear to sportswear, apparels can found in string organically raised. Woven from excellent organic string they feel for a fabric is unique as good as overwhelming. Organic T-shirts have been still renouned apparels for younger generation. The fabric is so gentle which a users adore to wear them. You will never wish to go for fake string once we buy an organic outfit.



Source: http://www.hairremovalproducts.info/organic-clothing-a-return-to-safe-and-sustainable-practices.html#comment-5591

  • Christian Morqueda

The Contact Dermatitis and Clothing Connection 1

Persons who suffer with dermatitis or sensitive skin have a difficult time living day to day avoiding allergens and the dreaded rash, itching and discomfort that comes with it. I have sensitive skin and prone to develop contact dermatitis at any time often reacting to something next to my skin that I have used for long periods of time. I recently had to discard my favorite pair of pants after months of developing a rash on my stomach and side whenever I wore them. How could this be I said to myself, of all the things in the world to have, why did I inherit this strange skin?

While researching the matter I came across some interesting information regarding contact dermatitis and clothing. It seems there are quite a few people who develop contact dermatitis from formaldehyde resins which are used for textile finishes. Apparently it's pretty common in women but men can also develop the condition if they have sensitive skin. I was amazed and had no idea that formaldehyde was used on fabrics. Can you imagine being allergic to your clothes? If you are experiencing a chronic recurring rash on various part of your body, particularly where clothes fit tightly you may want to contact your Dermatologist and request testing for this sensitivity. The rash can get particularly irritated from perspiration and in areas where the friction of the fabric rubs against the skin.

According to the American Contact Dermatitis Society common eruption sites include the posterior neck, upper back, lateral thorax (part of the body between the head or neck and abdomen), waistband and flexor (fingers) surfaces. It can however appear in other areas like the forehead if you wear a cap that's been treated with formaldehyde.

Formaldehyde is used to make clothing that is wrinkle resistant (permanent press) and these can release significant amounts of the substance. The American Contact Dermatitis Society states that rayon, blended cotton, corduroy, wrinkle-resistant 100% cotton, and any synthetic blended polymer are likely to have been treated with formaldehyde resins. Women's clothing also includes lingerie and undergarments.

Many individuals are allergic to formaldehyde and know to avoid personal care products that contain formaldehyde releasing preservatives. Keep in mind that many pharmaceuticals including OTC drugs also use these same preservatives so it's not limited to skin care products. For those sensitive to formaldehyde clothing can also be a stong source of irritation.

Each country has its own manufacturing standards for acceptable levels for formaldehyde resins. A low indicator of formaldehyde releasing resin would be 75 ppm which is the Japanese standard, the US standard is somewhere near 300ppm, quite a difference.

Fabrics safe to wear: 100% silk, 100% linen (if it wrinkles easy), 100% polyester, 100% acrylic, 100% nylon, spandex, flannel (soft), wool (may cause irritation) and denim.

Do not wear these fabrics: Permanent press, wrinkle resistant, color-fast, stain-resistant, blends (including rayon, polyester-cotton), corduroy or shrink-proof wool.

It is suggested that you read the labels in your existing clothing and separate them in your closet so you will know what's safe to wear. Always opt for loose fitting clothing since friction and perspiration can cause the condition to flare. Read the labels in any new clothing before you purchase. Clothes made in Japan are the safest and companies that sell clothes in Japan also have to meet the Japanese standard.

Companies that meet the Japanese standard: GAP, Old Navy, Banana Republic, Liz Claiborne, Eddie Bauer, Cuddle Duds and Levi Strauss. There may be others but these were on the list from the American Contact Dermatitis Society.

 

 

Source: Y Walker (http://www.m5-clothing.tk/272166-The-Contact-Dermatitis-and-Clothing-Connection.html)

  • Christian Morqueda

Organic Clothing and Natural Feelings 2

 

If we take a decision to have fabrics which is devoid of any chemicals we will be one among many to be instrumental for avoiding many negative impacts which are having far reaching consequences. The notable among them is that we are taking the first step to remove the harmful chemicals from the fertilizers and pesticides at our surroundings which are directly responsible for altering the ecosystem.

There are obvious and glaring examples through out the world, one of them is the dead zones of Gulf of Mexico. This is created by the continuous use of harmful chemicals containing in the heavy fertilizers, which is constantly pouring to the rivers and is carried down stream. This not only damages the eco balancing of the earth but also a constant threat to the endangered species, notable among them is the bald eagle.

Having taken a decision to go for only clothes that is organic or in other words without chemicals, we have to also take into account that the clothing which you are going to have, has to pass the test of fair trade regulations. The fair trade is nothing but to ensure legally and ethically that the workers who are engaged in the production of these items are treated fairly and their remunerations are in commensurate with their efforts

Adhering to the fair trade regulations is a current trend particularly for those who take the organics as their way of life and also for them who are dreaming of a pollution free earth. But the negative flip of the coin is the cost of production of eco friendly clothing. The eco friendly and fair trade goods are indeed expensive due to their cost of production. The fabrics which are exposed to fertilizers and pesticides are far cheaper than the organic one.

The fact that for the production of organic clothes requires no pesticides and synthetic fertilizers, it also gives no irritation to the skin. This is due to the non inclusive of certain addictives which normally used to prevent wrinkles to the clothes. For example, the chemical Formaldehyde, a bonder substance for the wrinkle free cotton fabrics, is a confirmed chemical for causing irritating allergy, and also most likely to induce side effects of deformities of the infants and even to the extent of causing cancer.

As a general rule the present acceptable level of formaldehyde may not be that harmful for a vast majority of humans, but it does give a harmful impact to those who are susceptible to allergies. The countries like Japan and Sweden have already banned formaldehyde in cosmetics.

It is the chemicals which make the fabrics wrinkle free look. So the absence of such chemicals will indeed pose problems and challenges for maintaining organic clothing. But thankfully there are products of organic origins to reduce the problems of maintaining organic fabrics.

When you are for organic clothing you have to go for soft laundry soaps made from organic substances, as naturally the harsh chemicals will certainly reduce the look and durability of the cotton fabrics. The greatest aspect is that such organic detergents are bio degradable and posing no threat to the eco system.

Of the many products of Earth Friendly Products, the product Ice Melt compound stands apart which is really safe for pets and plants. This product working to -13 Fahrenheit and is really safe for pets.

The Earth Friendly Products and its innovative approach will help the environment and the future generation. The internet and specialized retail stores will be giving all possible assistance.

 

 

Source: William Suburn (http://www.greendaze.org/organic-clothing-and-natural-feelings/comment-page-1/#comment-20526)

  • Christian Morqueda