You are probably like me. You want the best for your little one and you know that his skin is particularly sensitive and you wouldn’t like him to feel uncomfortable, overheated, get allergic reactions or even a heat rash…That’s why, I always use cotton vests…It’s absorbent, durable and soft. I am not so fussy for the rest of the outfit when it is not in direct contact to my baby’s skin but maybe I should…
One thing, I discovered recently is that cotton is one of the most polluting textiles. Even if cotton is a natural fibre, sometimes is grown with numerous toxic chemicals, insecticides and pesticides. Each year, they use 16% of the world insecticides and 10% of the pesticides in the world for only 2.5% of the world’s agricultural land. However, you need to keep in mind that it is nearly impossible to produce any textiles in an industrial way without the use of chemicals inputs.
That’s the reason why; GOTS has defined criteria for low impact and low residual natural end synthetic chemical inputs.
If you want something that is as good for your baby as well as for the environment and the farmers, Organic Cotton could be a good option. I have decided to focus on the major label that exists today: GOTS and try to get an understanding on what lies beneath it.
GOTS introduced in 2006 has harmonised numerous labels, such as SOIL Association Certification in the UK and ECO CERT in France and has gained a global recognition.
GOTS aims to define a universal standard for organic natural textiles. To add the label on a finished product, the entire supply chain needs to be controlled: from harvesting through production, processing, manufacturing and labelling taking into account social criteria for all textiles made from at least 70% certified organic natural fibres. It is a very expensive certification to obtain and it’s very difficult for small independents brands to afford. Some still want to offer an ecological and socially responsible product but can’t afford the full process of certifications. That’s why they only use Certified organic materials and can’t mention the GOTS certification.
The standard GOTS has 2 levels of grading
« Organic textiles »: 95% minimum of fibres coming from organic agriculture, with 5% maximum of synthetic or artificial fibres
An example : “La Queue du Chat“
La Queue du Chat respects the planet and takes care of your baby’s sensitive skin. Their cotton grown in the district of Dhar in India, is bought by a cooperative at a price up to 80% higher than conventional cotton to guarantee the best organic cotton quality. All their clothes are made from 100% Organic Cotton certified GOTS.
« Textiles containing organic fibers »: 70% minimum of fibers coming from organic agriculture, with 10% maximum of synthetic or artificial fibres or 25% maximum for footwear and sportswear.
All chemical inputs (dyes and auxiliaries) have to meet basic requirements on toxicity and biodegradability and GOTS also prohibits entire classes of chemicals such as all Heavy metals.
The approved certified bodies are the Soil Association in the UK and Ecocert in France.
La Queue du Chat and other amazing French designer children’s brands are available on Tendre Deal Boutique at a fraction of their retail price.