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If you are reading this website you probably already have some sense of organic food and the importance of reducing chemicals related to what we eat. But have you thought about the chemicals that go on your bodies (not just in)? And more importantly, what are you putting on your babies skin?
More and more evidence is showing that buying organic clothing for you and especially your baby is probably a really good idea.
In many cases, conventional clothing is made from synthetic fibers including PVC, esters, petrochemicals and in the case of kids PJ’s flame retardant chemicals, all of which has been linked to a number of alarming health-related issues.
It’s also important to mention that even natural fabrics can be coated with a concoction of toxic chemicals like:
Volatile organic compounds (VOCs)
Halogens and bromines
PVC-based ink, azo-aniline, and petrochemical dyes
Now if you are buying baby or kids clothing and are not sure, you can always look at the label, here are some examples of words you may see (and you will want to avoid):
Your babies skin is super sensitive and studies have shown that some toxins are present in their clothes, can cause skin issues. Knowing all of this, we want to help you, we have rounded up our favourite Canadian sustainable baby brands.
Their Mantra: We love making high-quality, stylish baby clothes using organic
materials and a grow-with-me philosophy.
Why We Love Them: Every piece of clothing is designed and sewn in Kingston, Ontario. Their mission is to create high-quality, comfy fit clothing. All the fabrics they use are carefully sourced and are GOTS certified organic. We really love the fact that the clothing has a grow-with-me-philosophy, meaning many of the clothes are designed with adjustable features that extend the life of the garment.
Why We Love Them: Their blank garments are sweat-shop & child labour free and supplied by the fabulous company, Colored Organics. They ensure their Indian employees are paid proper livable wages, given health & social benefits while working in safe, clean and dynamic conditions. All while giving partial-proceeds back to each community it employs. Their designs are then thoughtfully illustrated, meticulously painted or hand carved onto these beautiful blanks in Fort Langley, British Columbia. They send them out to the world with love and our commitment to change the children’s wear marketplace, one thoughtfully made piece at a time. Thier designs are meticulously hand-carved into blocks and then carefully hand printed with non-toxic artist-grade inks onto our 100% Fair-Trade Certified, Organic cotton garments.
Their Mantra: Our products are made from earth-friendly textiles sourced new, from bolt-ends, up-cycled, or made from recycled content. We search far and wide for modern textiles that support our sustainable requirements, are of premium quality, and are unique and fun.
Why We Love Them: They offer a range of modern sustainable products for the family made with style and longevity in mind. Refluff products are hand-made in small batches in their Toronto studio using ethical production standards and are quality tested for durability.
Thier Mantra: Ollie Jones Clothing was born with a single thought in mind, comfort for kids. With the importance of using organic cotton and unique designs, all of our products are made in the studio, by us, we use organic cotton and other ethical materials.
Why We Love Them: They hand screen print their products with eco-friendly water-based soluble ink, they support Canadian – Made clothes by creating jobs locally and support Fashion programs in their community.
Do you have a favourite, sustainable Canadian baby or kids brand you want to share with us? Please share in the comments below.