Cotton is a huge crop in the US. But at what price? According to the Sustainable Cotton Project, in 1995 US farmers applied nearly 1/3 of a pound of chemical fertilizers and pesticides for every pound of cotton harvested. Clearly something needed to change to stop all these chemicals from pouring into our environment.
There are a few alternatives to traditionally grown cotton. The Organic Trade Association tells us: "Organic cotton is grown using methods and materials that have a low impact on the environment. Organic production systems replenish and maintain soil fertility, reduce the use of toxic and persistent pesticides and fertilizers, and build biologically diverse agriculture." Sounds good to me.
It's becoming fairly easy to find organic cotton. American Terry Co., is has a new green line. Made from their sublimely soft twice-woven cotton terry, the offerings include plush robes for kids and parents, but I think the bib and burp gift set is a real winner. The bib needs no explanation, but the 16"x 30" cloth made a perfect seat cover, burp clothe, changing station and washing surface on a recent trip. $32
From The Baby Candy Store, I love the "Sugar Free" organic cotton onesie and toddler tee (see center top picture) "Natural, Pure, Simple, Sweet"--that's the saying on front. Pick from four delicious colors on a neutral (off-white background). All shirts come wrapped like fancy candy and sealed with a nutrition label. Sizes 3 mos to 4T. $26
And in addition to organic cotton, I'm digging bamboo fibers as an alternative to traditional cotton. I'm reading up on the "greenness" of this crop. Bamboo is sustainable and cheap (to read more click to visit the Green Guide). It doesn't require irrigation and doesn't need pesticides or fertilizers to flourish. Kicky Pants is a new brand to watch. They tell me all the bamboo in their Bamboo Basics line of baby clothes is sustainable. The samples they send me were UNBELIEVABLY soft. I packed a little dress for the baby and with a quick shake, all the wrinkles fell out. Buy it for $35 at Estella NYC in white.