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Why Are Organic Baby Clothes More Readily Embraced Than Grown-Up Ones?

Kate Quinn of Kate Quinn Organics, Kate Quinn, Kate Quinn Organics, organic baby clothes, eco-fashion, sustainable fashion

Kate Quinn of Kate Quinn Organics

There are myriad reasons, but they all lead to more questions: Why don’t we care as much about our health as our baby’s health? Doesn’t our baby’s’ well-being depend on our own? Why does fair trade and child labor weigh stronger on our minds when shopping for babies? Why does the thought of formaldehyde on our baby’s skin turn our stomachs more so than the idea of toxins on our own skin, even when we’re pregnant or lactating?

Kate Quinn Organics, Kate Quinn, Kate Quinn Organics, organic baby clothes, eco-fashion, sustainable fashion

SEEING IS BELIEVING

My simple answer is that we parents love our babies more than ourselves, even to the point of paranoia and fear. For our own bodies and lives, we need proof—proof we can see and touch to propel us into action, whether it’s someone we know getting sick or seeing child labor firsthand. Facts and figures and hearsay will not do, we need more.

We parents love our babies more than ourselves, even to the point of paranoia and fear.

With our children, however, we are open to these facts, and because of our love, we don’t require physical proof that something may be bad for them. With our own lives, it’s “prove to me that it is harmful”; with our children, it’s “prove to me it’s not.”

Kate Quinn Organics, Kate Quinn, Kate Quinn Organics, organic baby clothes, eco-fashion, sustainable fashion

STICKS AND STONES

The more complex answer involves cost, style, and convenience. At Kate Quinn Organics, we must cost-compete with conventional boutique lines, which is so much easier when dealing in tiny garments. Additionally, we must be as stylish as our conventional competitors, and there is less competition here than in adult lines. Finally, we have to make it as easy or easier to purchase our clothes, and cross-merchandising organic with conventional lines is more prevalent in baby boutiques.

Baby clothes are associated with quality if they’re organic.

Baby clothes are also associated with quality if they’re organic. Plus, organic baby clothes are no longer associated with a lack of style, so it’s win-win for the mommy looking for quality, stylish clothing. Although there are many lovely adult organic-fashion lines, I think people still have quite a few hang-ups about their “hippy-dippyness,” which is really sad.

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4 Responses to “Why Are Organic Baby Clothes More Readily Embraced Than Grown-Up Ones?”

  1. Beanstockd says:

    [...] got an interesting piece on why we’re more likely to buy organic baby clothing than organic clothing for ourselves. When it comes to baby clothes, organic is associated with [...]

  2. OrganicBabyCarriers says:

    Women are becoming more aware of the harmful effects non-organic clothing can have on their babies and the environment. Hopefully soon, grown-ups will understand that they too are at risk.

    Parents are willing to pay a little bit extra for their children to have organic products, because price is not an issue when it comes to the health and welfare if their child. They want to provide their children with the healthiest items possible when they are young and defenseless.

    Today grown-ups still feel that they are “tough enough” to continue to wear clothing that is made using poisonous chemicals and pesticides. What they fail to realize is that they are negatively impacting the future world their children will be living in. In time grown-ups will shift to a more organic mindset for themselves, but cost has the potential to work against that trend.

    We have a site dedicated to organically made baby carriers, slings and wraps. If you or someone close to you has a little one at home, come check us out at http://www.organicbabycarriers.net

  3. goodnatured says:

    Conventional cotton is treated with a myriad of chemicals – silicone waxes, harsh petroleum scours, softeners, brighteners, heavy metals, flame and soil retardants, ammonia and formaldehyde.
    Given that baby’s skin has a natural sensitivity and an undeveloped derma, the health risk of exposure is very high.
    You can read more about chemical exposures on my website (testimonial). Written by pediatric dermatologist Dr. Sharon Jacob MD.
    My new line of organic kids clothing is now available.
    Check us out at. http://www.goodnaturedonline.com

  4. Polyergic says:

    You left out habit. Our behaviors are largely driven by habit, including shopping, and once a habit is established it’s hard to change. When you have a baby – especially the first one – you don’t have the level of habituation, so you’re more free to make conscious reasoned decisions.

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