The skin is the largest organ of the body and naturally what we put on our skin is absorbed into our bodies. A baby’s new skin is much more sensitive and thinner than adults, and their developing bodies are more susceptible to chemicals in non-organic products and residues of chemicals used to grow and process textiles.
This makes them more likely to develop allergic reactions to ingredients such as fragrances, and the residues of chemicals in clothing can be absorbed through the skin and may cause allergies, skin rashes or respiratory problems.
My little boy was born 6 weeks premature and spent the first few weeks of his life in intensive care - he nearly never made it due to an infection. When we could finally hold him, we realised his skin was soooooo thin, so sensitive and of course, he was so special to us.
Almost 25% of all the world’s insecticides and 10% of pesticides are sprayed on cotton. As cotton is not primarily a food product, some of the most toxic and aggressive pesticides are used – and it’s these that are responsible for poisoning wildlife and rivers.
Pests build up resistance to chemicals, farmer borrows money to buy more chemicals than before, farmer gets less profit from crop, repeat until farmer is destitute. Many chemicals used in cotton farming are acutely toxic and at least three of them are in the “dirty dozen” – so dangerous that 120 countries agreed at a UNEP conference in 2001 to ban them and so far this hasn’t happened. The World Trade Organisation estimates 20,000 deaths and three million chronic health problems each year are the result of the use of agricultural pesticides in developing countries.
In addition textile production uses thousands of chemicals to clean, bleach, prepare, dye, print and finish textiles with many of these chemicals being extremely toxic. Organic farming and textile production prohibits the use of harmful pesticides and fertilisers and ensures strict standards on any chemicals used in the production of textiles meaning these natural fibres are renewable and biodegradable.
Heavy pesticide use disrupts ecosystems and contaminates water supplies and worse still, pests exposed to synthetic pesticides build up a resistance to them. So each year, farmers have to buy and use more pesticides to grow the same amount of cotton – increasing the annual damage to the environment.
I decided it was time to create a store online for all the things that we used whilst out son was little - some were hard to find, some not so but now they are all in the same place. We've created a range of organic baby gifts too suitable for newborn babies. We thought it would be nice to give presents which were gentle on the new little one!
Using organic baby products isn't about being an ecowarrior (although it does help the environment!), it's about looking after your clan as best you can (ooo, that rhymes!).
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