Fluffy cotton growing in the fields – what could be more natural than that for your precious baby? But do you know how much chemical processing goes into cotton to turn it into the finished product? Here at The Sleep Store we are proud to offer a better alternative, with GOTS-certified organic cotton, which is safer for our little ones. So what is the difference between organic cotton and regular cotton for your baby?
Grown without chemicals, organic cotton has fewer potential allergens, making the fabric gentler on your skin. Organic cotton is perfect for those who suffer from eczema and other conditions. Because it's so soft, baby clothes won’t irritate the skin like conventional cotton can. More than that, choosing organic cotton is both ecologically and socially responsible.
Insecticides, herbicides, fungicides, synthetic fertilizers and other scary-sounding concoctions are completely avoided when growing organic cotton. The aim of this is to minimize the destructive impact that conventional cotton growing and manufacturing methods have on Mother Earth. In organic cotton farming, a back-to-basics but totally effective approach called crop rotation is used that does not strip the soil but keeps its nutrients intact. Weeds are eliminated through hand-weeding and hand-hoeing. Natural predators, beneficial insects and trap crops are used to keep pests at bay instead of harmful pesticides. This way, good cotton is produced without leaving damaging residue behind.
Our organic cotton is sourced through clothing manufacturer Babu, which works with a farmers' cooperative in India. Babu founder Ali Hui has found this to be a wonderful opportunity to support the village, families and the local school. Being close to the source of the cotton means that energy used in transportation is greatly reduced, ensuring a smaller carbon footprint and making the world a better place for generations to come.