Free of Harmful Levels of Toxic Residue Because It’s Certified GOTS and BEST
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.
When a product is certified BEST by the International Association of Natural Textile Industry (IVN) you can be assured that it meets the strictest and most comprehensive standard in the world for environmentally and socially responsible textile manufacturing. Better known in Europe, this standard requires that:
- no less than 100% of the garment be made of certified organic raw natural materials
- synthetic fibers can only be used in accessories and only up to 5%
- finished products do not retain health damaging chemical residues that can rub off on the skin or be activated by sweat or other moisture.
“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).” (Chemical Legacy: Contamination of the Child, 2003)
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. That’s why certified BEST and GOTS matters.
Clean Every Step of the Way.
The GOTS standard is slightly less stringent than BEST and has two label grades, Grade 1 and Grade 2. Final products consisting of 95-100% certified organic materials are Grade 1 and list the word ‘organic’ underneath the GOTS logo on the label. While final products consisting of no less than 70% certified organic materials are considered Grade 2 and list the words ‘made with [X]% organic materials’ underneath the GOTS logo on the label.
Besides fiber content, the BEST and GOTS standards are very similar. Both only certify the manufacturing of raw natural materials that have been certified organic by a recognized farming standard (e.g. USDA’s NOP or European Union guidelines for organic farming). This promotes organic and biodynamic farming and avoids GMOs, toxic pesticides and fertilizers.
Both standards also aim to avoid the conventional method of textile manufacturing that douses a fabric in a chemical bath at each step of the way. Specifically, both BEST and GOTS prohibit the following typically-used chemicals in pre-treatment, dyeing, printing and finishing:
- chlorine bleach
- chlorination of wools
- aromatic and halogenated solvents
- brominated and chlorinated flame retardants
- chlorinated benzenes
- complexing agents and surfactants (i.e. NPEs)
- endocrine disruptors
- heavy metals: antimony, arsenic, barium, cadmium, cobalt, copper, chromium, iron, lead, manganese, nickel, mercury, selenium, silver, zinc, tin
- azo colorants
- functional nano-particles
- plasticizers (i.e. PAH, phthalates, Bisphenol A)
- per- and polyfluorinated compounds (i.e. PFOA)
- quaternary ammonium compounds
- aromatic solvents
- chlorinated plastics (i.e. PVC)
- synthetic inputs for anti-microbial finishing or coating (including biocides)
- 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.
See IVN’s website for more detail on the BEST standard. See the GOTS Manual for more detail on the GOTS.
Machine Wash. Tumble Dry Low.
We believe in pure, unspoiled nature right from the moment we select our raw materials.
Over forty years ago, a mom named Imma Sautter from a small town in Germany was inspired to create a washable diaper system made of only organic raw natural materials. She and her husband named their natural textile company Disana, after “Dieter and Imma Sautter Naturtextilien.” A pioneer back then, today Disana is a world-wide leader in the purest, ecologically-friendly diapers and clothing for babies and children.
Dieter Sautter was a knitting specialist who had been hired by two families to help create a tie-on knitted diaper. He and his wife tested several prototypes trying them out on their own baby until they got it just right. Wanting to start a home-based textile business, they took this opportunity and became the producers of likely the world’s first mass-produced tie-on knitted diaper. After a few successful years on the market, the families decided to move on to other endeavors and Dieter and Imma lost their one client. This is when Imma decided to create their own label and Disana was born.
Disana’s reputation grew by word of mouth. Midwives and doctors saw that the breathable properties of cotton and wool were ideal for babies’ skin and started to recommend Disana’s diaper system to parents. As time passed, Imma and Dieter slowly expanded their product line always ensuring that each item was of the highest quality. Now Disana is run by their children, Aiga and Elmar Sautter, and the commitment to the highest environmental and socially ethical standards continues.
Not just Natural … Pure. Natural fabrics are healthier for babies and children, but organic is the healthiest. Disana uses certified organic cotton and certified organic Merino wool. Both are certified to the European Union Guidelines for Organic Farming.
Beyond Organic, Twice Over. Disana was one of the very first companies in the world to have its products certified BEST by the International Association of Natural Textile Industry (IVN) and GOTS, Grade 1 (the Global Organic Textile Standard). Although IVN’s BEST label’s guidelines are somewhat more stringent than GOTS, both standards are recognized as the strictest in the world for the manufacturing of organic textiles.
Exquisite Quality. At Disana, centuries-old handicraft skills meet modern machinery to bring beautifully-constructed innovative clothing for your child. Almost all their products are made in-house in their factory in Lichtenstein, Germany. On-site production not only guarantees their products’ unparalleled quality, it enables them to incorporate their customers’ ideas and suggestions so that their products are truly tailored for children.
A Heart-Centered Company. The care Disana takes in creating its products extends to all aspects of this family-run company. Disana has the utmost appreciation for its employees and honors them by creating a work environment that promotes a healthy work-life balance. And they don’t just take care of their own. Disana donates their clothes to Casa de Acogida Mantay, a sanctuary in Cusco, Peru for unwanted pregnant girls. Read more here.
Visionaries. Textile manufacturing is one of the most chemically-intensive processes dumping unbelievable amounts of toxins that degrade the environment and endanger the lives of workers. It is also associated with appalling labor practices that often go unseen. Disana’s founders wanted to change this and are proud to be one of the founding members of IVN, an organization committed to promoting textile manufacturing standards that respect the environment, the workers and the consumer.
You care about the environment and so does Disana.
That’s why their clothing is BEST or GOTS certified.
Having a BEST or GOTS label 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 Disana, you positively impact the environment in the following ways.
- Certified Organic. The cotton and wool is certified organic or biodynamic by European Union Guidelines for Organic Farming.
- 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 were not derived from genetic modified substances.
- No Toxic Chemicals. Harmful levels of toxic chemicals were not used in the manufacturing of the clothing.
- Saves Water and Energy. Far less of these valuable resources were used to produce the clothing.
- Reduces Greenhouse Gases. 94% less greenhouse gases were produced by choosing organic over conventional farming.
- Groundwater, Waterways and Soil are Protected. Wastewater from the manufacturing process was 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).
Everyone is Family
Disana knows that next to the organic, raw materials that are at the heart of their line, their most valuable asset is their employees. It’s their skill, knowledge and craftsmanship that turns a piece of yarn into an outfit made for a king. At Disana, employees are not just workers, they are people who deserve a healthy work-life balance. In every way, Disana strives to create this environment.
Working hours are not strictly fixed, but flexible and family friendly: employees that take public transportation to work have their costs reimbursed; those that bike, get a free yearly inspection; carpooling is also incentivized.
Employees work at bright, ergonomically-designed stations. Fresh, organic fruit is brought in twice a week. Opportunities to move are plenty: employees can head out to the playground for a round of volleyball, a stint on the slag-line or participate in a TaiChi class run by the local physiotherapist.
The Casa de Acogida Mantay in Cusco, Peru is a sanctuary for unwanted pregnant girls aged 12 to 18. It was created to address the tragic reality for many women in that region: 61% have been physically abused and 47% have been sexually assaulted.
The Casa Mantay offers these soon-to-be mothers a temporary home where they are supported in every way. They are given food, shelter, education, psychological and legal support and even a helping hand to get them on their feet when they are ready to leave.
Disana proudly donates their clothing to the babies of these struggling mothers a world away.
Because Disana recognizes that we are all family.