100% Organic… So what?
Find out why 100% Organic is worth considering.
Cotton is a natural fibre which is renewable and biodegradable.
Mankind has been using cotton for the last 7000 years on a daily basis for different purposes. However, conventional cotton has huge environmental impacts, which have lead the cotton industries to globally shift to the sustainable choice – organic cotton.
Today, cotton is the most widely used raw material in the world. It is used for manufacturing apparels, denims, home textiles, towels, lingerie and even food and medical products. Nevertheless, it is a known fact that growing cotton has many challenges, since it requires large amount of water, chemicals and pesticides. The cost of production and purchasing conventional cotton is less, but for the well-being of the land and farm workers, organic cotton is the best choice.
Courtesy of Fibre2fashion.com
Traditional Cotton Production Methods
Traditional methods of farming cotton involve the use of many highly toxic pesticides and large amounts of water. This creates not only issues for the wearers with heightened skin responses, but terrible repercussions for the workers of the cotton industry.
Check out this link on our YouTube channel for further information about the effect of pesticides in production, on its workers.
Water consumption required for traditional cotton growing methods continues to make a significant environmental impact that we should all be aware of. Organic cotton production supports sustainable cotton production with consideration for the planet and our ongoing carbon footprint.
Go over to our YouTube channel and check out this story of environmental impact from cotton production.
What’s GOTS all about?
The Global Organic Textile Standard was established in 2002 during a workshop of organic cotton producers, the textile industry, consumers and certifiers who discussed the need for a harmonised and world-wide recognised organic textile standard.
The different standards at the time caused confusion for the few producers, retailers and consumers at that time.
Now within the Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) quality assurance system, all processors, manufacturers and traders in the supply chain of textile goods sold, labelled or represented according to GOTS (=GOTS Goods) are subject to inspection by Approved Certifiers in order to provide a credible assurance to the end consumer.
Accordingly, anyone who sells, labels or represents any textile product so as to use the (trademark registered) GOTS label or other reference to GOTS certification must first ensure that the respective criteria and licensing conditions of the Global Organic Textile Standard Program are met.
That’s how you can be guaranteed anything sold under the GOTS certification label will provide a safer future for not only you and your family, but the families of those producing it!
Support Organic Cotton and Sustainable futures for our children and theirs.
We love this short video that reminds us all of our choices every day to support a sustainable future for our families. http://bit.ly/2cqdl4r
Why use Bamboo fabrics?
Not familiar with the benefits of Bamboo fabric? Here’s a quick look at some of the key qualities of Bamboo:
– Bamboo grows so quickly making it an easily renewable resource.
Rapid Growth Rate
– It requires 1/3 the amount of water to grow that cotton uses.
Organic & Pest Resistant
– it has no natural pests. This means that bamboo can be grown with little to no use of pesticides or herbicides to maintain growth. Bamboo plantations can quite easily be kept organic and replanted every year.
– Bamboo fabric is very soft, often described as feeling like cashmere. This is because the bamboo fibre itself is naturally round and smooth without any chemical treatment. This means that there are no sharp spurs to irritate the skin. This means that bamboo can be worn directly next to skin, even with many people who are allergic to other natural fibres such as hemp or wool. The softness and quality of the fabric itself seems to stand up to multiple washings. Many even describe the fabric as getting even softer with each washing!
Antibacterial Properties –
fibre. The bamboo kun helps to reduce bacteria that thrive on clothing and human skin. This means that the wearer and the fabric have less bacteria that causes unpleasant odours.
The bamboo plant is highly water absorbent. It is able to take in up to three times it’s weight in water! The textile retains this ability to some extent, pulling the moisture away from the skin so that it can evaporate
Bamboo fabric also has some insulating properties. This means that the fabric will help the wearer stay warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer.
Even when the bamboo fabric is beyond usefulness, it is completely biodegradable in soil. And the decomposition process doesn’t cause any pollution to the environment.
– Information courtesy of the Green Living Center
I’m buying a Sleeping bag – What is TOG rating all about?
It can be really confusing with the references to TOG ratings when you’re purchasing sleeping bags, so we’ve put together some facts below that you need to know when trying to decide what’s right for your baby.
TOG refers to how much warmth the thickness of material/s will retain.
Everybody’s requirements will vary depending on where you live and the local climate, the warmth of baby’s environment, what you dress baby in to sleep as well as your baby’s health. This can vary considerably, just as it does in adults.
It is intended a baby sleep bag is for use in a cot without additional bedding.
You may find the recommended TOG for your temperatures varies between brands. So it’s extremely important you learn how to check whether your baby is too hot or too cold to maintain a safe sleep environment for them.
A very quick and efficient way you can check your baby’s temperature is by placing your hand between the shoulder blades or across the chest. Baby should feel a temperature you would be comfortable as – not too hot or cold.
Natural fibres will assist in baby not becoming excessively sweaty or overheating as the fibres will breath more.
However, listed below is a general guide to help determine your ideal TOG rated sleeping bag:
3.0 TOG – typically long sleeve padded bags. Suitable for colder climates and rooms that are below 16 degrees Celsius. Combine with long sleeve, light weight onesie/romper or pyjamas.
2.5 TOG – often sleeveless, padded bags. Suitable for rooms 16-18 degrees Celsius. Combine with long sleeve onesie/romper or pyjamas.
1.0 TOG – either long or short sleeve unpadded bag. Suitable for rooms 18-22 degrees Celsius. Team with a short sleeve summer onesie/romper or pyjamas.
0.5 TOG – usually sleeveless, unpadded bag. Suitable for temperatures above 20 degrees Celsius. Wear with a short sleeve summer onesie, or simply a singlet and nappie/diaper in hotter weather.
Some suggest the ideal temperature for a babies sleep environment is approximately 18 degrees Celsius. SIDS and Kids make specific reference to this on their site and maintain room temperature is not a significant factor.
“…there is no evidence to show that extra thermal insulation increases the risk of SIDS in babies who sleep on the back with the head and face uncovered.10 There is also no evidence to support maintaining a specific room temperature or any specific bedding configurations (number of blankets required) as this depends on a number of factors such as what the baby is wearing, whether it is summer or winter and whether there is heating or cooling.”
Check out this document at SIDS & Kids for more details.
ADDITIONAL FEATURES TO LOOK FOR IN YOUR SLEEPING BAG
– Under arm press-stud/button/clip to secure a smaller baby – many sleeping bags now feature a clasp of some sort to secure the arm opening on a smaller baby. This reduces movement of the sleeping bag and prevents the bag riding up over baby’s face through their sleep.
- – Seatbelt clasp opening between the legs – typically the bag will have a small opening in the rear of the bag and again in the front, to make provision for placing sleeping baby into a car-seat or pram harness securely.
– Two-way zip – most sleeping bags now will make the very practical provision for night-time nappy changes and allow you to open the bag and change nappies without exposing baby fully and therefore reducing the amount of heat lost to baby during the change.
- – Protector tab for zip ends – this is important for the top especially as you want to protect baby’s delicate skin under the chin from rubbing on the zip end while they sleep or causing irritations.
OTHER HELPFUL LINKS
We support the work and research of the following organisations and encourage parents to check out these sites for further information.
SIDS & Kids – Safe Sleeping
We endorse SIDS & Kids guidelines for safe sleeping.
For further information relating to SIDS & Kids safe sleeping please follow the link: http://www.sidsandkids.org/safe-sleeping
How to Sleep your Baby Safely:
- Sleep baby on the back from birth, not on the tummy or side
- Sleep baby with head and face uncovered
- Keep baby smoke free before birth and after
- Provide a safe sleeping environment night and day
- Sleep baby in their own safe sleeping place in the same room as an adult caregiver for the first six to twelve months
- Breastfeed baby whenever possible
Breastfeeding – Australian Breastfeeding Association
“The Australian Breastfeeding Association (ABA) is Australia’s largest breastfeeding information and support service. Breastfeeding is a practical, learned skill and ABA help more than 80,000 mothers each year. ABA also provides up-to-date information and continuing education for thousands of health professionals working with mothers and babies.”
Raising Children Network
The Australian Parenting Website A fabulous resource for all your parenting questions – from Newborns to Teens the Raising Children Network covers a variety of aspects on newborns and babies, such as their behaviour, development, safety, sleep, health and much more. This site caters for all levels of literacy with plenty of videos and articles for all parents and circumstances.
– Playgroups are a great way to meet other families and parents as well as providing both parents and children with valuable social contact in your local area. Check out Playgroup Australia and find a playgroup in your area.
“Every playgroup is as unique as the people that attend. The environment that is created by Playgroup welcomes everyone to play, laugh, read, sing, support and enjoy the experience of getting together. Playgroup Australia and its members can help you find a playgroup that suits your family.”
Having a baby changes so many things in your life – your body goes through so many physical changes with the growth and birth of a baby. Sleep routines and everyday demands on your body, mind and emotions all change dramatically. During this period we can have thoughts and concerns pop up that never seemed to be an issue previously. Sometimes it can reach a point that it becomes overwhelming and debilitating; For others we might just need to talk through some issues to move past it to feel happy and on top of things again.
Whatever stage you’re at, PANDA are there to support you through it.
– For a fact sheet about Post Natal Depression and Anxiety follow this link http://bit.ly/2bITklX
– If you would like to speak to someone about the way you’re feeling please contact PANDA’s specialised help centre.
PANDA National Helpline
Mon to Fri, 10am – 5pm AEST|
1300 726 306
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