Thursday, February 28, 2008

Three R Thursday - Organic Children's Clothing Part 2

If you read last week's "Three R Thursday" post, you know I'm crazy and hormonal in the process of figuring out the world of organic clothing. Based on what I discovered about conventional cotton production, I think it's important to invest in organic clothing (if possible) - and I do mean it is an investment!

After a week of searching the net and being on hold with more customer service departments than I care to mention, here's what I discovered. Last week I was optimistic and hoped to score the "green trifecta" of clothing -- certified organic, manufactured under fair trade practices and local. This pr
oved to be a very tough challenge.

I discovered the following brands/companies are certified organic: Tadpoles at Target, George at Wal-Mart, Pottery Barn for Kids, BabyGap, and Hanna Andersson. For now, I don't think I can consider these companies under Fair Trade practices, but depending on your priorities, I think it is important to mention them because they
are made from certified organic cotton. I think these are budget-friendly options for the basics (especially onesies that can get ruined easily). I think finding local organic clothing is going to be near impossible, but one can always hope.
If you have information contrary to what I found, please let me know about it.

The following 5 companies are all certified organic and fair trade. The price point is based on one short sleeve onesie.

Price Point: $20
Summary: Speesees' mission is to be fun, fair and organic in their products and the way they conduct business. They are taking baby steps towards creating a more sustainable future for the animal, plant and human speesees on our children's planet.
Top pick: I love these colored animal kimonos.

Price Point: $15
Summary: Kate Quinn Organics features stylish apparel made from the finest 100% certified organic fabrics. They strive to care for the earth and its community without sacrificing fun and style.
Top Pick: For the style, price and colors, you can't beat this set of 7 onesies.

Price Point: $13
Summary: Under the Nile offers an alternative to conventional cotton apparel for infants and children. All products are made from 100% handpicked organic cotton that is grown exclusively in Egypt. Their dyeing process uses metal-free or vegetable dyes.
Top Pick: I love this basic collection of 24/7 items.

Under the Nile's site is very informative and contains great information on the importance of organic cotton.

Price Point: $21
Sage Creek Naturals is committed to providing families with organic cotton baby clothes and bedding. Their priority is to offer a line of organic cotton clothes that are stylish, affordable, safe and of course, soft! Sage Creek Naturals shares your concern for: the health of our loved ones and of our fragile environment, the quality of life and the value of products and services.
Top Pick: I love all the pieces in this bear collection.

Price Point: $21.95
Ecoland was started by a mother of two girls. Their first brand for babies, “Ecoland for Angel”, is made exclusively from the highest quality 100% organically grown cotton, which is certified by SKAL. All of their garments are sustainable processed and sewn in a sweatshop-free environment.
Top pick: It doesn't get much better than this shirt & pant set.