Posted on January 20 2016
I'm sure by now you've heard the phrase "going green" or "a green company" by now. What exactly does that mean? For us, it means everything from the apparel we buy to the packaging we ship in - it's somehow, someway ethically sourced and environmentally friendly.
97% of our Onesies® are made out of 100% organic cotton. And if it's not made in the USA, it's Fair Trade and made in India. Again, what does all of this mean? Let us break it down for you:
What's the difference between organic cotton & conventional cotton?
Seed Preparation Natural untreated GMO free seeds.
Soil Preparation Healthy soil through crop rotation. Retains moisture in soil from increased organic matter.
Weed Control Healthy soil creates natural balance. Beneficial insects and trap crops used.
Harvesting Natural defoliation from freezing temperatures or through the use of water management.
Production Warp fibers stabilized using double plying or non-toxic cornstarch.
Whitening Safe peroxide is used.
Finishing Soft Scour in warm water with soda ash for a PH of 7.5-8.
Dyeing Low-impact fiber reactive or natural dyes with low metal and sulfur content.
Printing Low impact or natural pigments with no heavy metals.
Seed Preparation Typically treated with fungicides or insecticides. Possible GMOs.
Soil Preparation Synthetic fertilizers, loss of soil due to monocrop culture, intensive irrigation.
Weed Control Aerial spraying of insecticides and pesticides. 9 of the most commonly used pesticides are known cancer-causing agents.
Harvesting Defoliation induced with toxic chemicals.
Production Warp fibers stabilized using toxic waxes.
Whitening Chlorine bleaching creates toxic bi-products which are released into the environment.
Finishing Hot water, synthetic surfactants, additional chemicals (sometimes formaldehyde).
Dyeing High temperature with heavy metals and sulfur content.
Printing Heavy metals in pigments run off into waterways polluting streams.
What does Fair Trade mean?
- No child labor. Period.
- Fair wages.
- Safe work environment.
- 8 hour work days.
Fair Trade USA is the leading third-party certifier of Fair Trade products in the United States. Fair Trade USA audits and certifies transactions between U.S. companies and their international suppliers to guarantee that the farmers and workers producing Fair Trade Certified goods are paid fair prices and wages, work in safe conditions, protect the environment, and receive community development funds to empower and uplift their communities. Fair Trade USA educates consumers, bring new manufacturers and retailers into the Fair Trade system, and provides farmers with tools, training and resources to thrive as international businesspeople.
How is our packaging environmentally friendly?
Made from 100% recycled content
Utilizes post-consumer & post-industrial waste
Made in the USA
Phew! We know that's a bunch of information to retain, but just know that when you buy from us, you're helping small business, the environment, and families across the globe.