As a parent, you always want the best for your children and that includes dressing them in safe, organic and comfortable clothing. But did you know that children's clothing can affect their health and wellbeing? When the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation had 38 pieces of children’s clothing tested from the ultra-fast-fashion brands Zaful, AliExpress, and Shein, it found that one in five had elevated levels of toxic chemicals such as lead, PFAS, and phthalates.
As a rule of thumb, it's best to be dressing your children in organic clothing that is free from toxins and chemicals. Natural fibres such as cotton, linen, bamboo and wool are a great choice. Finding the best organic clothing for your newborn baby and children involves a combination of research, product evaluation, and making informed choices. Here's a step-by-step guide to help you find the right organic clothing:
Understand What "Organic" Means: Organic clothing is made from natural fibers that are grown without the use of synthetic pesticides, fertilizers, or genetically modified organisms (GMOs).
Research Brands and Retailers: Look for reputable brands and retailers that specialize in organic baby and children's clothing. At Kit & Cradle, we pride ourselves on keeping every step of our production in Australia. Our clothing is made from 100% organic cotton sourced from an Australian business, printed in Australia using water based ink and made in Australia with care and love.
Check Fabric Materials: Organic clothing can be made from various materials, such as organic cotton, bamboo, hemp, or wool. Organic cotton is a popular choice for baby clothing due to its softness and breathability. Research the benefits of different materials to find what suits your baby's needs..
Read Labels and Descriptions: Pay attention to labels and product descriptions. Look for terms like "100% organic," "GOTS-certified," or "chemical-free." Be cautious of vague terms like "natural" or "eco-friendly," as they may not necessarily mean the product is organic.
Prioritize Comfort and Safety: Newborns and children have sensitive skin, so prioritize comfort and safety. Choose clothing with flat seams, no itchy tags, and consider clothing that is easy to put on and take off. Avoid clothing with decorative elements that could pose a choking hazard.
Consider Functionality: Think about the practicality of the clothing. Choose items that are easy to clean, durable, and appropriate for the climate. Cotton layering options are useful for regulating temperature. Our Cotton Bloomers are perfect to be worn alone or for wearing under dresses to protect baby's bottom.
Sizing: Babies and children grow quickly, so consider purchasing slightly larger sizes to allow for growth. Our Kit & Cradle styles are made with a bit more room for baby's to grow into. Our kids range are also designed to be worn slightly oversized.
Support Local and Small Businesses: Consider supporting local or small businesses that prioritize ethical and sustainable practices. These businesses like ours at Kit & Cradle, may have a smaller carbon footprint and a more personal approach to customer service.
Wash Care Instructions: Follow the recommended wash care instructions to maintain the quality and longevity of the organic clothing. Using mild, eco-friendly detergents is recommended to avoid harsh chemicals.
Price Comparison: Compare prices and quality across different brands and retailers. Remember that organic clothing may have a slightly higher upfront cost, but the long-term benefits to your baby's health and the environment can outweigh the initial investment.
Educate Yourself: Stay informed about sustainable and ethical practices in the fashion industry. As your child grows, continue to make mindful choices when purchasing clothing.
We all know that babies and children can have several changes of clothing a day and we all know how quickly they grow out of their clothing. So what is the environmental impact of this and what can we do about it?
Why You Should Choose Green and not Black this Friday
Black Friday has always been about electronics but this year it’s all about Sustainability. With dramatic climate events happening all around the world, consumers are now looking beyond price to guide their purchasing behaviour.
- Black Friday has always been about electronics but this year it’s all about Sustainability and a ‘greener’ Friday
- Consumers are looking beyond price to guide their purchasing behaviour. Nearly 1 in 4 Australians are willing to pay a premium for more sustainable goods and services and 1 in 5 would pay a premium for brands that contribute to the community
- Kit & Cradle focuses on ethical and responsible business practices, producing baby and kids clothing with 100% organic cotton and choosing to work with Australian makers and suppliers
- According to recent Roy Morgan research, if every household spent an additional $10 a week on Australian Made products, it would inject an extra $5 billion into the economy each year and create up to 11,000 new jobs
Organic baby clothing made in Australia by Kit & Cradle.
We know babies are super precious and our skin is the body's largest organ. It makes sense that we want to wrap our babies in the purest and safest fibers available.
All Kit & Cradle's garments are made from certified 100% organic cotton which is a superior natural material. During the growing process, no chemicals including pesticides, herbicides or insecticides are used. They are also free of genetically modified (GMO) cotton crops. These practices are not only ethical, but strive for sustainability long term.
At Kit & Cradle, we are the very few Australian baby brands that design our patterns, print our fabric and manufacture baby clothes all in Australia. Our patterns are firstly designed in Adelaide then our 100% organic fabric is printed in Melbourne and finally our baby clothes are lovingly made in Sydney.
Most baby brands manufacture in Asian countries so that they are able to drive down the cost of their product by mass producing. Just think - the cost of manufacturing overseas, shipping the product into Australia and paying all the import duties is still cheaper than manufacturing in Australia!