Holidays centered around gift-giving are fun and exciting for most people. There’s nothing like surprising someone with a perfect present they were not expecting, or going the extra mile for a friend (or stranger) in need. Of course, it’s nice to receive, but it’s the spirit of giving that really gets those warm and fuzzy feelings going. The downside to this is the tremendous amount of waste generated by excess. A bit of mindful preparation can ensure the family is ready for those holiday pictures without contributing to the problem. Keep reading to see how choosing organic kids clothes are kind to the planet and your recipients.
Choosing sustainable clothing for kids doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice style. There are many companies that use organic fabrics like organically grown cotton, hemp, and bamboo, to make cute clothes year-round. You must be sure not to be fooled by clever marketing. Just because cotton says “undyed” or “untreated” doesn’t mean it’s organic. Bamboo that says “rayon made from bamboo” is not organic either. It takes a careful eye and sometimes a bit of research but you will soon become familiar with how to spot legitimate organically made clothes. Unfortunately, some companies try to capitalize off of the “green” mentality without putting in the work.
You can also find holiday clothing with festive prints, special dresses, and adorable family pajamas with sustainable, eco-friendly companies. Organic clothing actually tends to hold up better than conventionally made clothing because it’s not treated with harsh chemicals and dyes, which actually wear down the fabrics. This means even when your kids have outgrown them, you can feel good about passing along these clothes to friends, family, or others in need.
A lot of chemical treatments used on conventional clothing can cause a whole host of issues for people, especially children with sensitive skin. Rashes, breakouts, headaches, even weakened immune systems can result from wearing some clothes. When you choose organic clothing, you are keeping your children’s soft, sensitive skin safe from these harmful chemicals.
People who have kids or family members with allergies or asthma should be mindful of these conditions when shopping for clothes. Organic clothes are hypoallergenic and safe for nearly everyone. Even if your little ones don’t suffer from these issues, organic fabrics are still a great choice.
There is a special feeling you get when you give or receive an especially thoughtful gift. It doesn’t matter how much it costs or if it only took a few minutes to make. It’s the thoughtfulness that might bring a tear to your eye or a laugh from your belly. When you buy organic clothes for your kids, you are thinking of them, but you are also thinking of our planet, the environment, and the many workers who are involved in the production of goods.
Conventionally produced clothing is quite harmful to the environment. The air, waterways, land, and animals all suffer the consequences of the toxic pesticides used in farming and the harsh chemicals used in manufacturing. When you buy organic, you are supporting businesses that help keep farmers, their families, communities, and workers safe from pesticides, which have been linked to numerous health issues. Going a step further and looking for organic goods with a “Fair Trade” label, ensures these workers are paid a living wage and work in safe and healthy environments. You can feel good knowing no one was harmed in the creation of your gifts.
While it does take a little preparation and know-how, there is always time to make more sustainable choices for the holiday season and beyond.