Organic Cotton? How do you make a garment out of this?
After my travels to India over the past three years and researching at trade shows regarding organic cotton – I have found so many different versions of organic, that I thought I might just let the bloody truth out of the bag.
So, what does it mean to go organic when it comes to fabrics? You deserve to hear it from an expert. Sama Baby has been part of the Organic Exchange and many other certified organic organizations focusing on defining and bringing awareness to organic textiles.
- Did you know that when you take your child to the doctor, for issues regarding eczema, skin rashes, skin diseases, or skin irritations, one of the FIRST things they recommend is switching to organic cotton? I do not understand, why do they not preach early on as preventative care for babies to wear organic cotton? Why is it always a remedy AFTER the fact?
So how do we produce an organic cotton garment at Sama Baby? Well, first of all, Shivani and I go straight to the mouth of where it is being created. India. We go OURSELVES.
When we go there, we hand-pick our factories that we work with. I would say that probably 1 out of 5 of our competitors are as hands-on as we are. We work so closely with our factories, that we even have a family-owned factory that we produce some of our garments in. That is the level of quality we expect in every aspect of our lives, and therefore, deliver that level of excellent quality to you.
We make sure that our organic cotton is grown in a specific area – away from conventional cotton. The cotton is then grown with absolutely no pesticides, no chemicals, no fertilizers, nothing. Everything that touches that cotton is organic, water, earth, sun, and happiness!
Another aspect to organic cotton – that most people forget, is the dyeing process. People forget that to create a garment, it is not just about the actual fabric, it is about the PROCESS.
Then, that cotton is taken to the factory, and spun into threads and weaved into fabric.
With our fabrics, we use the highest level of eco-friendly dyes in the market. These are the most gentle dyes available, so that your baby’s skin is well protected.
The fabric is later taken to the factory to create each garment. Our factory has employees of age, pay fair wages, and work in a clean environment. In addition, some of our workers actually have the opportunity to stay for classes in the evening, and have a safe home near the factory to live, if needed.
Our factory is also partially powered by wind and solar energy – another little factor that makes Sama Baby organic and green start to finish!
So, that is how we make an organic cotton garment at Sama Baby.
Remember, it is the journey and process that matters when it comes to creating a product. How much of an impact are we making when creating a Sama Baby product? Who’s lives are we effecting in the process, and the customer? These are all HUGE questions when you are buying from a small business – and are all integral in the way we work at Sama Baby!