Cotton. It’s everywhere, it’s probably the most commonly used fiber for baby clothes and layette. But the cultivation of traditional white cotton accounts for almost a quarter of the world’s pesticide usage according to NaturalNews.com. White cotton is treated with harsh chemicals (such as bleaches, flame retardants and dyes) that have an impact on both the environment and our bodies. Until recently, I had no idea that coloured cotton was something we could grow. I’ve now learned that not only can coloured cotton be cultivated, but that it is easy to grow organically as the plant is more naturally pest resistant, and it does not need to be bleached or dyed at the processing stage.
Debest Infant Apparel, founded by an American couple seeking nothing but the best for their infant daughter, launched in April, 2014. Like so many of us, they were seeking a way to reduce their child’s exposure to industrial chemicals and minimize their family’s environmental impact. In researching the best possible textile for both Mother Nature and her babies, they discovered the ancient (yet modernly forgotten) crop of naturally-coloured cotton.
Because naturally-coloured cotton has shorter fibers, the resulting texture is softer to the touch and perfect for baby’s delicate skin. Though Cub is a giant and far too big for the items currently in the Debest line of infant apparel, one of my close friends will be giving birth in August and I will be reviewing a Debest sleeper thanks to her input! (Her baby isn’t even born yet and he’s committed to model for my blog!)
Here’s a sneak peek at the outfit we received:
Since I can’t use it yet, all I can tell you is that the word “soft” doesn’t come close to describing the texture of this fabric!