WHY YOUR BABY
NEEDS ORGANIC PRODUCTS
Organic cotton is grown without the use of toxic and persistent pesticides and fertilizers, which builds a biologically diverse agriculture. Third party organizations verify that organic producers use only methods and materials allowed in organic production. (Organic Trade Association, 2006)
The amount of chemicals used on cotton crops is staggering. 25% of the world’s pesticides and 10% of the world’s insecticides are used on cotton crops yearly. And cotton crops only account for 2.4% of all cultivated land. In other words, 1/3 pound of chemicals (pesticides and fertilizers) are used to grow enough cotton for one t-shirt. Yikes! When considering the amount of chemicals that are used on cotton crops, and the negative, harmful effects they may have on your baby, organic cotton is a much healthier alternative.
A baby’s skin is 5-7 times thinner than an adult’s and is extremely porous. This means that their skin absorbs things very easily. This is concerning considering the following. The Environmental Protection Agency considers seven of the top 15 pesticides used on cotton in 2000 in the U.S. as “possible,” “probable,” or “known,” human carcinogens. When organic alternatives are chosen for your baby, you are reducing their exposure to allergens and irritants. Our world is toxin-ridden, so, if you can limit their exposure to these toxins, you are putting them in a safer environment. Even reduced exposure is beneficial. Every little bit helps!
Skin care for babies is another important topic to discuss. Skin care products are not regulated the same way that food and fibers are. This means that manufacturers can, and do, put harmful ingredients in their products. The FDA regulates companies for a ‘maximum use’ of cancer causing agents in each product and therefore, if you add up all the small amounts from each of your baby’s many products, you have something to be concerned about. It is important to choose companies that are known ‘green’ companies and you should also be aware of which ingredients to avoid. As a general rule you should avoid products containing, but not limited to: Fragrances, Mineral Oil, Parabens, Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Lanolin, Propylene Glycol (PG), FD&C colors, DEA, TEA, MEA and 1,4-Dioxane.
The effects of environmental toxins affect children and adults alike. Several complications that may arise from exposure to the many pollutants we come in contact with include: asthma, auto-immune disorders, cancer, and learning disorders to name just a few. As a parent wanting the very best for your baby, I am sure that the above are not on your list!
The benefits of organic cotton can be simply stated…
• Reduces allergen and irritant exposure
• Reduces pesticide use
• Protects water quality (run-off from toxic soil)
• Prevents soil erosion
• Protects farm workers
• Sturdier Fabric, i.e. money saver in long run
• Promotes biodiversity
Everybody is a winner when organic products are chosen over conventional ones. And remember, small steps count! Don’t bag the whole idea of organics because you can’t go completely organic. Every little bit helps you, your family and the environment!
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