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Green Tip Tuesday

Organic Cotton and GOTS

Many people are not aware of something called GOTS when it comes to organic cotton and clothing or other products made from organic cotton. If you are any thing like me, when you see organic on the tag, you want to believe it is safe for your child, however, this is not always the case and I caution you to investigate things further before making a purchase.
I have recently gotten a lot of information from Beate at Levana Naturals (I will be posting a review/giveaway later this week, stay tuned!). One thing I didn’t realize was that clothing that is made from organic fibers may not be organic after it is converted into a piece of clothing. Beate told me that “cotton fibers go through a very lengthy process which includes washing, spinning, weaving or knitting, bleaching, dying or printing, to applying finishing agents such as flame retardants, resins to give textiles bulk or make them crease resistant or finishes to prevent shrinking that turns cotton balls into fabrics. Even organic textile producers might use toxic dyes and finishes like flame retardants or formaldehyde in their manufacturing process.These can pass through baby’s delicate skin (which is much thinner than an adults) and build up in tissue or enter the blood stream.” I never realized how much there is to changing cotton fibers into fabrics! I also never thought about the process and the fact that it can affect something that started out being organic. I know, I can be naive, but I am just so thankful that I was able to get some great information from Beate and I know I can make informed decisions now. We can’t afford to buy everything organic, but I want to know that when I am able to get something organic it is truly organic and what I am paying for.  
Beate also told me that GOTS is one of the strictest standards in the organic cotton industry. GOTS stands for Global Organic Textile Standards. GOTS is a comprehensive fiber processing standard which places very strict ecological and health criteria on each and every process of textile manufacturing.
Today’s Green Tip Tuesday is just a reminder that when buying organic cotton products, look into it further than just the word organic. Make sure the company is being held to high standards like those of GOTS to make sure you are getting what you are paying for.
Happy Nine Months LA!!
Happenings at Mama on a Green Mission this week!

Comments

  1. Little Tiny Love says:

    Oh my goodness, I hadn’t realized! Thank you for this! I try to buy organic whenever possible – of course I hadn’t thought about the processes to produce the product could change its originally organically grown loveliness =/

  2. Thank you so much for sharing!!!!!!!!!

  3. Tracey @ www.dontmesswithmama.com says:

    Just found this on a blog hop. Love your blog header. I’m a huge eco enthusiast too.

  4. SAPsMaMa says:

    Great tip! I too did a review for Levena naturals, and learned alot! Their clothing is wonderful! I look forward to reading your reveiw and hopefully winning some more of their amazing clothing!
    Check out my Levena Naturals review here: http://sapsmama.com/2011/04/levana-naturals/

    I just picked my winner last night! 🙂

  5. Kiersten W says:

    Wow. I had no idea. Thanks for posting! 🙂

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