When 50% of the world’s fiber needs comes from cotton, it is a good thing that organic cotton is starting to become more and more popular. “The fabric of our lives” is everywhere, the clothes we wear, the sheets we sleep on, the diapers we put on our babies, the fabric in our home and office, and even the food we eat has been made with cotton.
Conventional cotton requires an insane amount of pesticide, 55 millions of tons a year are used worldwide (cotton crops use 25% of world’s insecticide and 10% of world’s pesticide), and it is taking a huge toll on our environment.
Why have industries been using so much? The initial cost is much lower to grow cotton with pesticides, but it is destroying the environment and the health of the farm workers in the fields. The medical toll includes birth defects, reproductive disorders and weaker immune systems.
Run-off from cotton fields seeps into water supply, which drains into wells, rivers, lakes, and even the ocean. These chemicals are having a destructive effect on the aquatic life living in these areas. Although there have been studies showing some frogs adapting to these toxins, this is not the norm, and far more species are experiencing possible extinction from our use of these chemicals.
It’s not easy finding great clothing made with eco-friendly dyes and organic fabric. The good news is more designers are coming around to this new trend in kids fashion. Six years ago, I couldn’t find more than a handful of places to buy quality eco-friendly clothing, but today, more and more lines are starting to offer a wider variety of organic cotton, hemp, and wool products for kids to wear.
They are not all created equal, and some are too expensive or too fragile to last more than a week of wear. Age is irrelevant, but quality knee constuction is a must because no one has the time or the money to buy clothes every week for our kids.