We are all guilty of dishing out on designer labels on occasion, however, we ultimately know there’s more to fashion than just a brand. When it comes to our families, it is important to consider the origins of these fabrics and how they’ve been processed and prepared prior to ripping off the tags. These questions are crucial when exposing our environment and our loved ones to these unknown potentially harmful textiles.
Many conventional materials are coated with toxins, which can affect those who make the clothes, as well as, those who wear them. This is why organic, eco-friendly, locally-made materials are ultimately at the top of a conscious-consumer’s checklist when attempting to limit exposure to poisonous substances. Let me briefly explain what it means for clothing to qualify as organic. If the cotton is grown without the use of pesticides and fertilizers it is considered to be organic and therefore safe. Otherwise, the toxins found in nonorganic fabrics can be harmful to our health and environment. Their damaging effects have been linked to potential skin issues, such as, eczema. Since a baby’s skin is already sensitive it makes them prone to skin allergies. In order to avoid or resolve irritated skin issues, I strongly suggest you steer clear of conventional fabrics and welcome organic clothing into you wardrobe.
Accessibility and cost are the main reasons why many choose conventional clothing over organic options. Although, with a rise of emerging eco-driven stores popping up in the city and online boutiques just a click away, the bridge to a greener lifestyle have narrowed the gap allowing for more access and choices for cleaner products to make headway. The other issue is cost, since organic labels tend to be a bit pricier than some leading conventional brands. However, you must take into account that you get a better quality product that is more durable and can stand the test of time. This is because untreated fabrics actually last longer, saving you money in the long run.
When you do everything in your mommy-power to ensure your baby has the best of everything from the foods they consume to the products they wear, it is no wonder why we search high and low for shops that share our common goal to keep our families and environment safe for future generations. So when you stumble upon a place where everything just looks, fits, and feels right, you know you’ve hit the green-urban baby jackpot. As such, I must share my excitement with my fellow green-fashionistas! Mini Mioche is fairly new on the map (est. 2010) and is known for offering fashion-forward baby and toddler clothing that is organic, eco-friendly, and is made in Canada. Their admirable initiative is to create durable, super-soft and safe fabrics that are sustainable, using recyclable material wherever possible. The clothes are designed by Alyssa Kerbel, founder of Mini Mioche who draws inspiration for her trendy and practical designs from her own two children. This reputable store, makes it convenient for parents to get the items they need from low-impact apparel and accessories to green toys and essentials. This ethical establishment carries hard to find earthy-tones, edgy styles, comfort-fitting clothes that are stylish enough for even you to wear-just on a miniature-scale, hence the French translation of the company’s name, “Little One”. Manufactured right here in Toronto by local members of the community in ideal working conditions.
This one-stop-shop is currently available at two Toronto locations and at several other boutiques across North America. Busy moms can also purchase their adorable products online, which deliver right to your door step using minimal packaging and reducing unnecessary waste. When you sign up for their newsletter, you get 10% off your first online order. If you like solid colours, trending fashions, eco-conscious clothes, toys, accessories, and essentials, then you’ve found the right place. As an added bonus to signing up for the newsletter, you’ll also get special invitations to free events such as fun music time, book readings, sign language classes, and much more at one of their great locations as seen in the photo of my son below.
Here is some advice on how to become a eco-savvy shopper:
- Look on the label for items that use sustainable fibres, nontoxic dyes and inks because they are safest and have the least amount of environmental impact.
- Be weary of cotton that is coated with toxic finishes. A dead giveaway is the “new clothing smell”. If the clothing has a scent, it has been chemically treated.
- Look for The Global Organic Textile Standard label. GOTS sets standards throughout the manufacturing process. GOTS requires that clothing wearing its “organic” label be 95 percent organic and have no toxic dyes or finishes.
- Check if they are members of the Fair Trade Federation, which ensures safe working conditions are being practiced and use green production methods.