Sneak Peak! Plus organic info

I hope your week is going well so far!

Maybe with practicing the mindfulness exercises from last Monday you’re even feeling more energized and ready for whatever life gives you!

I am SUPER jazzed to share with you a little sneak peak of the fabric that arrived last week for the first couple of products I am making for my shop!

I will be offering several different options in my eco-friendly shop including organic cotton, organic bamboo, hemp, fabrics that have been dyed with eco-friendly dyes, recycled fabric, and repurposed fabrics. On top of having a positive impact on the environment, they are going to be cute too! After all, they are for the baby in your life, and of course you want them to have cute stuff! I know I definitely consider the cuteness factor when I’m shopping for my son.

I mean, look at this one!

This adorable peacock fabric is an organic cotton knit. Knit is a stretchy fabric that’s good for baby clothes and blankets.

So at this point you might be asking yourself what is organic and what does it actually DO for the environment? I keep talking about good for the environment, eco-friendly, positive impact on the environment.

What actually is organic?

The USDA’s National Organic Program defines organic as “organic production [is] a production system that…respond[s] to site-specific conditions by integrating cultural, biological, and mechanical practices that foster cycling of resources, promote ecological balance, and conserve biological diversity.” (1)

Basically what that means is organic farms have to take their own specific soil, rainfall, animals, insects, what they are growing, whatever into consideration and use practices that are sustainable, and low to no (and a very limited type) insecticide. (1)

Some of the practices are really simple, like planting a lot of different types of crops and crop covers in a field and using some insects to keep other insects out. Over time, that makes the soil a lot healthier and can help crops fight off lack of rain, diseases, and bugs. Sorta like our own immune systems. (1)

Cotton had the highest amount of insecticides used around the world. A whopping 16-25% (2) and 10% of the pesticides (3).

Most pesticides used in traditional cotton growing farms are not allowed in organic farms and must not have been used for three years before they can be considered organic (1).

So this fabric here, was grown in a field that had no banned pesticides for at least three years. I think it looks all the cuter because of that!

As a new mom, it’s important that I am giving my kid something that is safe to use. Organic fits that bill. Do I always buy organic? No, but when that option is presented to me I take it, and I’m doing it more and more. So far thanks to all the wonderful people in our lives, we haven’t had to actually BUY my son clothes yet. We are still working our way through the baby shower gifts 🙂

I have also learned a LOT about what have been the most helpful products, what saved my life (so to speak) to help my little guy fall to sleep, what I didn’t need right away but needed later down the line, and things that are just fun and nice to have. This information and insight will fuel what I offer in my shop. Of course what YOU guys want to see is important too.

Can you imagine what this fabric will be used for????? Drum roll please………….

What would be some items you would like to buy for the little ones in your life? Which fabric is your favorite? What were YOUR life saving items when your baby was little? Let me know in the comments!

Please note that colors of the actual fabric may vary based on the settings of your computer/device!

My sources:
(1) https://www.ams.usda.gov/sites/default/files/media/GuideForOrganicCropProducers.pdf
(2) EJF. (2007). The deadly chemicals in cotton. Environmental Justice Foundation in collaboration with Pesticide Action Network UK: London, UK. ISBN No. 1-904523-10-2
(3) https://www.huffingtonpost.com/david-dietz/organic-cotton-sustainable-fashion_b_3562788.html