With the explosion of organic baby clothing on the market, it is getting difficult to tell one company from another. Offering organic cotton clothing for little ones is great, and many major retailers, like Pottery Barn Kids, have jumped on the bandwagon. Still, not all organic kids clothing companies are created equal. Social responsibility is a integral ingredient to any green company.
Chapter One Organics produces fun, modern and organic baby and toddler clothes from sustainable materials, including onesies, tops, bottoms, rompers, dresses, bibs and blankets. Not only do they make cute organic clothes for little ones, but their line is made by US women of who have had significant barriers to employment. These women are trained to develop skills that enable them to earn fair wages, establish careers, learn work habits, and care for their families. Furthermore, Chapter One Organics is an approved member of Co-op America, a national nonprofit consumer organization, promoting environmental sustainability, social justice, and economic justice.One of my favorite Chapter One Organics product is the floral bib, which I will be giving to my niece, who has just begun eating food. Like all Chapter One Organics products, this bib is constructed following GOTS (Global Organic Textile Standards), as it is made with water-based inks, without plastisol, and dyed with low-impact dyes.
Founder Jennifer Murphy explains her motivation to start Chapter One Organics:
I was working at a big clothing company when I developed a terrible rash on my hands and eventually came to realize it came from the fabrics. That is when I knew, that one day, I wanted to take my experience and develop a line of clothes that would be free of chemicals and give babies the freshest most natural clothes as they start their new lives.
Of course I love organic cotton, but if I can support a company that takes social responsibility seriously, I will chose it over a large retailer any day. Giving back is important, as well as creating a positive impact on our environment. Murphy has also created a children’s book titled The Green Eaters – A Dream Comes True to help kids understand the value of positive choices from farm to plate.