Our Cotton Story
At Nature Baby we abide by the philosophy that our goods should be manufactured where the raw materials are grown so as to support localised regions and their development. As cotton is not grown in New Zealand we needed to think creatively when it came to our organic cotton clothing and bedding. After much consideration we choose to have our range manufactured in India by a company with the same strong ethical values we believe in.
Our organic cotton is grown by a family of Jain Indians who saw the damage the conventional cotton farming methods was causing their land and community, so chose to return to traditional methods of organic farming. Before our range was produced we visited India and observed all stages of production, from the small villages that grow the cotton, through to the production company that makes the garments.
We were truly amazed at what we saw. Farms that were farming conventionally seemed to be there to service the seed and pesticide companies rather than being empowered to become self sustaining. In contrast, the organic village was flourishing and had become self sufficient in food, energy and education. In addition to this the workers are paid above India's average wage with equality between male and female workers, and NO CHILD LABOUR is permitted.
Organic Cotton Certification = Social and Environmental Responsibility
Organic cotton is fine, soft and strong. It is the ideal fabric for a baby's sensitive skin as it is grown and processed without the use of harmful chemicals. Conventionally grown cotton is one of the most destructive crops grown in the world today, whereas organic cotton farming promotes clean air, water and soil. Organic Cotton does not endanger wildlife or human health. So you can rest assured you are getting the most pure product for your baby.
Without certification, there is no guarantee your garment is organic. At Nature Baby our entire process is certified from harvesting of the raw materials, through to environmentally and socially responsible manufacturing up to labelling in order to provide credible assurance to the end consumer. The Global Organic Textile Standard covers the production, processing, manufacturing, packaging and labelling of all goods.