Why We Love Organic Cotton
So what’s all the fuss about organic cotton?
Put simply; it’s better for our kids, our workers and our planet – and here’s why:
It’s naturally soft. There’s a reason why organic cotton is so soft. It waves goodbye to all the harsh chemicals and dyes used to process bog-standard cotton, breaking down fibres and damaging the fabric.
Safe and sound. Organic cotton producers and clothes manufacturers aren’t exposed to harsh chemicals and dyes, making it far safer for them (phew!) – plus, it's miles better for the environment. Only natural pest control methods are used, which helps to keep the soil fertile, water clean and our air unpolluted.
It’s super kind to skin. Organic cotton is lovely and super soft on even the most delicate skin, thanks to the ban on nasty chemicals. That means it’s perfect for babies and kids – and less likely to trigger allergies and skin conditions like eczema.
You can love your clothes for longer. Because organic garments haven’t been messed about with like regular clothes, they’ll last much longer and wash well – even at 30 degrees – so they can be worn repeatedly. Then, pass it on to friends or down for generations when your little one goes up a size!
We go the extra organic mile.
Toby Tiger clothes are also GOTS-certified, a badge of honour for us. In a nutshell, it means we – and you – can be super sure that our lovely cotton suppliers and clothes makers follow only the best methods for organic, social and ethical standards.
Factories are checked to ensure workers have a safe and clean environment and are paid a fair living wage. The factories also need to show how much water and energy they use to make their cotton, while GOTS puts targets and practices into place to help lessen the load.
All in all, happy workers make our comfortable clothes, which makes the environment much happier too. This puts a smile on our faces and, of course, the little ones wearing them!
What are Organic fibres?
Today's sustainability challenges and the contributions of the fashion and textile industries to those challenges require us to rethink textiles' production and consumption collectively. Organic fibres play multiple roles in creating a sustainable sector that actively lowers its environmental impact and prioritises human health over short-term profits. A textile product carrying the GOTs label must contain at least 70% certified organic fibres, and a product with a GOTS label grade 'organic' must have at least 95% certified organic fibres. Organic fibres are natural fibres grown without synthetic pesticides (like insecticides) or herbicide and GMOs (Genetically Modified Organisms) according to the principles of organic agriculture, which is a production process that sustain the health of ecosystems soil and people.
What are AZO-free dyes?
Azo-free dyes are a type of dye that does not contain any azo compounds. Azo compounds are synthetic chemicals that have been traditionally used in the textile industry to create vibrant and long-lasting colours. However, certain azo compounds are harmful to human health and the environment.
Azo-free dyes are an alternative to conventional dyes that contain azo compounds. These dyes are made from natural or organic materials, such as plant extracts, and do not involve the use of any harmful chemicals or toxins. They are considered to be more environmentally friendly and safer for both the wearer and the planet.
By choosing products made with azo-free dyes, you can ensure that your clothing is free from potentially harmful substances while still enjoying a wide range of vibrant colours. It's a win-win for style, safety, and sustainability!