Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Organic Baby - Why it makes sense

There is so much in the news these days about going "green" and "organics". If you are an expectant or new parent, I am sure that you have seen many organic products for your baby. However, does it really make a difference to raise an "organic baby"? When our little boy was born, we tried to use organic products as part of our routine, but I never really understood why.
Over the past couple of months, we have began adding organic baby products to our lines. During this time, I have read more and I now understand why this movement is so important to our babies and to our environment.
Here are just a few nuggets of information that I have become aware of:

  • Over 60% of babies currently suffer from diaper rash in their first twelve months. This has increased from 7% to 60% since the advent of conventional disposable diapers. It is shown in studies that babies using organic cotton diapers are much less likely to suffer from this painful rash.

  • Conventional Cotton represents less than 4% of all crops grown worldwide, but is responsible for over 25% of the chemical pesticides and fertilizers. In the US alone, over 750 million pounds of these chemicals will be introduced into the environment just as a result of cotton farming. Half of these chemicals used in traditional cotton farming are potential or known carcinogens.

  • Organic Cotton is a crop grown naturally..using methods and materials that have a low or no impact on the environment. It is grown without the use of toxic pesticides and synthetic fertilizers. The organic cotton plant is also free of genetically engineered seeds.

These few tidbits of information should be enough to convince you to make a small effort to improve your buying habits.....protect your organic baby and the environment at the same time!