Free of harmful levels of toxic residue because it’s GOTS certified.
Cotton and even clothing made from certified organic cotton can retain the residue of the toxic chemicals used in the conventional manufacturing process. A 2013 study by Greenpeace found NPEs, phthalates, organotins, per/poly-fluorinated chemicals and antimony in excessive levels in clothes for infants and children.
The Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) replaces the conventional method of manufacturing that can douse the fabric in a chemical bath at each step of the way.
Specifically, GOTS prohibits the following typically-used chemicals. Below we explain exactly why it matters for your baby.
- chlorine bleach
- aromatic solvents
- chlorinated benzenes
- endocrine disruptors
- functional nano-particles
- chlorination of wools
- chlorinated plastics (i.e. PVC)
- quaternary ammonium compounds
- aromatic and halogenated solvents
- brominated and chlorinated flame retardants
- complexing agents and surfactants (i.e. NPEs)
- plasticizers (i.e. PAH, phthalates, Bisphenol A)
- per- and polyfluorinated compounds (i.e. PFOA)
- synthetic inputs for anti-microbial finishing or coating (including biocides)
- heavy metals: antimony, arsenic, barium, cadmium, cobalt, copper, chromium, iron, lead, manganese, nickel, mercury, selenium, silver, zinc, tin
- azo colorants
- and substances that are classified as having hazard statements such as Suspected of Causing Cancer, May Cause Genetic Defects, Fatal if Inhaled, Toxic to Flora, Fauna, Aquatic Life or May Cause Long-Term Adverse Effects in the Environment and many others.
Further, buckles, buttons and press-studs, edgings, elastic bands and yarns, embroidery yarns, fasteners and closing systems, inlays, interface, labels, interlinings, pockets, seam bindings, sewing threads, shoulder pads, zips cannot contain asbestos, carbon fibers, silver fibers, chrome, nickel, material from threatened animals, plant or timber or chlorinated plastics such as PVC.
Why GOTS Matters
“Children have a higher skin surface area to body weight ratio than adults, and experience more intensive contact with home surroundings, so increased dermal absorption of chemicals may occur. The skin of children is also more permeable than adult skin. In newborns, keratinisation (thickening and toughening of the skin) does not occur until 3–5 days after birth, and is more delayed in premature infants (Bearer, 1995). Studies have shown enhanced absorption of toxins including various dyes, drugs and disinfectants through the skin of newborns (Eichenfield & Hardaway, 1999).” Dorey, Catherine N. (2003), Chemical Legacy: Contamination of the Child, Greenpeace UK, October 2003, ISBN 1-903907-06-3.
Chronic exposure to very low amounts of toxic chemicals can derail normal development and reduce IQ. Newborn children to age 3 are the most vulnerable because they are literally being built during this time.
A Most Rigorous Standard
GOTS certifies the manufacturing process where toxic chemicals are used and get passed on to your child.
- GOTS applies its manufacturing standards to only those fabrics that have been certified organic by a recognized farming standard (e.g. USDA’s NOP). This promotes organic and biodynamic farming and avoids GMOs, toxic pesticides and fertilizers.
- Final products consisting of 95-100% certified organic materials are Grade 1 and list the word ‘organic’ underneath the GOTS logo on the label.
- Final products consisting of at least 70% certified organic materials are Grade 2 and list the words ‘made with [X]% organic materials’ underneath the GOTS logo on the label.
- Regardless of the Grade, every product must meet rigorous standards for every step of the manufacturing process: pre-treatment, dyeing, printing and finishing. It prohibits the long list of chemicals shown above so that they don’t show up in the final product.
Watch the video below to learn more and for the entire standard see the GOTS Manual.
Machine Wash Cold. Tumble Dry.
Simplicity, quality and love for humanity.
These are the principals that guide the design and production of our clothing.
– Amanda Barthelemy
Amanda Barthelemy founded Colored Organics not long after the birth of her first-born daughter, Sienna. In researching the healthiest products to use for her newborn, she came across an article that discussed the benefits of organic cotton compared to conventional cotton.
She learned that conventional cotton is considered the world’s ‘dirtiest’ crop; its cultivation relies heavily on several of some of the most toxic insecticides in the world. She found out that the conventional manufacturing process for cotton is extremely chemically-intensive; it requires toxic chemicals at each stage and pollutes the groundwater, soil and air.
However, what affected Amanda the most was realizing the devastating impact the conventional cotton industry had on its workers. Daily interaction with poisonous chemicals could subject farm and factory workers to allergic reactions at the very least, and death, at worst. Deplorable labor practices such as sweatshops and child slave labor, practices that are rife in the conventional cotton industry, essentially demoralizes workers who have no voice.
Amanda immediately recognized what a substantial and fundamental change she could make in the lives of people by choosing organic cotton clothes that were manufactured cleanly. She went a step further and was inspired to create a children’s clothing line dedicated to creating the change she wanted to see in the world, Colored Organics.
Colored Organics is sold worldwide in over 74 countries. Every piece of clothing is made from certified organic cotton and manufactured according to the Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS), a rigorous standard that places ecological responsibility and human health and welfare first. Colored Organics’ clothing is produced without sweatshops and is fair trade certified by Fair Trade USA.
You care about the environment and so does Colored Organics.
That’s why their entire product line is GOTS certified.
GOTS ensures that strict Environmental Criteria are met throughout the entire production chain – from seed to consumer. Thus, you can be sure that when you purchase a product from Colored Organics, you positively impact the environment in the following ways:
- Certified Organic. The cotton (or other raw material such as wool, silk and linen) is certified organic or biodynamic by a recognized farming standard (e.g. USDA’s NOP). Between 100% and 70% of the material will always be certified organic.
- No Hazardous Pesticides or Fertilizers. Organic/Biodynamic farming methods use far less to no toxic pesticides and fertilizers so they don’t end up in the soil, groundwater and waterways.
- Soil Fertility is Promoted. Instead of being grown as a monocrop, organic and biodynamic farming practices use crop rotation which maintains the health of the soil and promotes biodiversity.
- No GMOs. Raw materials, like cotton, are not grown from genetically modified seed and substances used in the clothing manufacturing process are not derived from genetically modified substances.
- No Toxic Chemicals. Toxic chemicals are not used in the manufacturing of the clothing.
- Saves Water and Energy. Far less of these valuable resources are used to produce the clothing.
- Reduces Greenhouse Gases. 94% less greenhouse gases are produced by choosing organic over conventional farming.
- Groundwater, Waterways and Soil are Protected. Wastewater from the manufacturing process is treated, eliminating or greatly reducing the pollution that enters the groundwater and soil.
- Packaging is Environmentally Sound. PVC, one of the most toxic substances on earth, is prohibited. Paper or cardboard is either recycled from pre- or post-consumer recycled materials or certified to sustainable forestry management standards, such as the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC).
Conventional methods of clothing manufacturing greatly disempower the factory workers that make our clothes. Slave labor, child labor, hazardous and unsanitary conditions, excessive work hours and low wages are sadly, not uncommon.
To shift this paradigm, Colored Organics’ products are all fair trade and GOTS certified which ensures that certain Social Criteria are met during the manufacturing of their product line. Specifically:
- Labor is not forced or bonded
- Workers have the right to join or form trade unions and bargain collectively
- Working conditions are safe and hygienic (must teach fire prevention and practice evacuation drills)
- No child labor
- Workers are paid a living wage, deductions from wages for disciplinary measures is prohibited
- Working hours cannot be excessive
- Discrimination is prohibited
- Employment must be regular
- Harsh or inhumane treatment is prohibited
As a licensed partner, Colored Organics is fair trade certified according to the standards set by Fair Trade USA.