Organic Baby Clothes vs. Non-Organic: Which is better?

The debate rages on as to whether Organic Baby Clothes are really worth investing in, or whether they are in fact nothing more than a gimmick designed to part naïve consumers with their hard-earned cash. Needless to say, opinions vary quite extensively and those on both sides of the fence have their suitably strong points to make, but when it comes to the hard fact on paper it is rather difficult not to side with the organic options.

Sensibly, the only real way to evaluate the subject is to look at each of its facets in turn:

Right off the bat, organic clothing across the board no longer means dull, dowdy and largely monotone designs – contrary to popular belief. In fact, such is the sophistication of modern production techniques that organic baby clothes are literally 100% limitless in terms of scope for designs and creativity – anything that can be done with non-organic clothes can be done with the organic alternative.
As such, the two are on a level-pegging on the design front.

There was a time when synthetic fabrics and clothing lines were trusted as the most durable on the market and thus guaranteed to better stand the tests of time. However, this is quite contrary to the modern clothing market where mass-production techniques have led to synthetic lines in general delivering nothing close to the strength and durability of organic lines. In fact, 100% organic baby clothing has been found to last up to five-times longer than non-organic equivalents, adding up the wiser investment of the two by far.
A clear point in favour of organics.

Benefits for Baby
By its very nature, organic baby clothing offers superb hypoallergenic properties, incredible comfort, unparalleled warmth and the complete and total exclusion of harmful chemicals and toxins during the production stages. By contrast, synthetics have the potential to contain traces of dozens of toxic chemicals and treatments, that can be both breathed in by baby and absorbed through his/her skin.
If health and safety matters, organic lines are unbeatable.

Benefits for the Environment
Because the production process involved in organic baby clothes manufacture uses absolutely no harmful or non-organic products whatsoever, the effect on the environment is practically zero. Sadly, mass production techniques used in the creation of synthetic lines see thousands of tons of chemicals and toxins dumped into rivers and streams every single month, doing nothing for the health of the environment or the people who live in it.
Another point in favour of organics.

Last but not least, organic clothing specialists have proved once and for all that 100% organic lines can be offered for the same low prices as their synthetic counterparts, despite offering a myriad of additional bonuses and benefits. As such, there really is very little reason for siding with the inferior option when organic baby clothes and lined can be found for the same low prices.
Another point in favour of organics and a clear whitewash in terms of the most sensible options for those of a proactive persuasion.

By Paul Woods
Paul Woods is a part-time data analyst working for South Yorkshire Police who dedicates the rest of his time to green issues and challenges surrounding parenthood. He also makes and sells Organic Baby Clothes at a number of local markets with his wife of six years.


Robin W said...

I first bought the family organic bamboo socks a couple of years ago and they were the best socks I have every purchased. All for organic across the spectrum, but sometimes the price is too much.

Ari T said...

I wasn't really aware of the countering points between choosing organic wear and wearing synthetic, but this post really highlighted all the differences and similarities between the two options. I would be for organic for all matters, I think, but I do realize that one of the biggest issues comes down to price. When an infant grows so quickly, the duration of wearing the organic clothing diminishes. But I do know there are options or reselling these clothes. It's a very complicated decision. I would say it's just a personal choice made by the parents based on financial ability.

ellen b said...

I'm not sure about for baby clothes since they outgrow them so quickly but I personally like organic clothes - they seem softer

Karen Glatt said...

I did not even think that there was organic baby clothes. That sounds to me like a great thing to have for baby. But I am sure it is more expensive. If a parent can afford the extra cost then it would be great. My sister has a baby that is 6 months old, and he is going through clothes so fast. I am going to ask her what she thinks about getting organic clothes for him.

MyLittlePickle said...

Some organic baby clothes may not be washable. However, Hatley and Emile et Rose are two designers that offer organic baby clothes and non-organic options that withstand many washings without fading or stretching. Because babies may spit up, they tend to go through many clothing changes at first.Parents want clothing that won’t cause their baby skin rashes and won’t have to be taken to the cleaners after every wearing. They do not to have to pay an additional cleaning bill because they bought organic baby clothes. Parents should consider the ease of wash and wear before they look at the price tag. Even cheap organic baby clothes are not worth the cost if they require additional care instructions or an additional trip to the dry cleaners.

Denise Taylor-Dennis said...

I never purchased organic baby clothes when my son was a baby. I think the prices need to come down before they are widely purchased.

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