Why is the conventional textile and fashion industry the second most polluting industry to our planet?
Why buying organic clothing and organic soft toys can make a real difference.
The fashion industry is one of the most damaging industries to our planet. A lot of clothing we buy is made of polyester which is actually a type of plastic! Yep, when we run on that treadmill, wear our outdoor clothing or dress up for a night out we are probably wrapped up in plastic… No wonder I always get so hot when I’m doing exercise! J The real problem happens when we wash these clothes. In the washing machine the polyester clothing releases millions of little parts of microplastics which then end up in our drinking water and oceans…. Unfortunately simply swapping to cotton clothing is not a great solution either although it would probably make for a nicer feel on your skin. Conventionally produced cotton is heavily sprayed with toxic fertilizers and pesticides. When textile is processed toxic chemicals are commonly used that can cause cancer, birth defects and other serious illnesses. This makes for very hazardous workplaces for workers and a toxic world for all of us. We all share the same water and air and are therefore affected by the industry long before we wear the clothes on our skin or cuddle up to the cuddly toys.
Luckily, it’s not all bad news….
Buying organically produced and certified clothing really does make a difference. It’s fantastic news that year on year, the UK’s organic and sustainable fashion market keeps growing at a really strong pace. There are now more and more organic kids clothing brands such as Frugi and Kite clothing and organic soft toys such as EFIE https://onepurefox.co.uk.
The most important certification for organically produced fabrics is GOTS (Global Organic Textile Standard). The GOTS label ensures that only organically produced cotton and wool are used to make the clothes and toys and that the whole process from growing the cotton to dying it and making it into lovely clothes and organic soft toys is done according to strict organic standards, which prohibit toxic and harmful chemicals. GOTS also has strict ethical criteria ensuring the wellbeing of workers. Another great option to avoid chemicals on your baby’s skin is to use hand me downs (the chemicals would probably have been washed out by the time you are using them). Buying organic protects nature, the lovely people making the fabrics and the little people cuddling up to them. Organically grown cotton is also a lot softer than polyester and makes wonderfully pure and snuggly organic clothes and soft toys gentle enough for baby’s delicate skin.