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: Warm with Like Colors. Do Not Bleach.
Tumble Dry: Low
To prevent shrinkage after washing, clothes have to be treated with chemicals finishers.
Under the Nile’s clothing is not treated so their clothes are built with extra room to accommodate for shrinkage. Average shrinkage rate is 6%.
Inspired by one mom’s love for her children, Under the Nile is an expression of that love for all children.
Our philosophy is built on the economics of love. Our goal is to enrich the planet and the lives of everyone involved with every stage our business, from cotton to customer. – Janice Masoud
In 1998, Janice Masoud set out to find clothing that would not harm her two young daughters’ sensitive skin. During her search, she learned how harmful conventional cotton production was to the environment and to society. As the most pesticide-intensive crop in the world, conventionally grown cotton pollutes the land, degrades the soil and poisons the workers. Then, it’s often manufactured under deplorable conditions such as sweatshops and child slave labor. Having worked in the garment industry for 15 years after studying fashion, Janice believed something better was possible. And, it became clear to her that all children deserved better.
Unable to find an alternative fabric that did not have a detrimental impact on her daughters’ health, the environment and society, she and her husband Mohamed decided to create a clothing line that was the change they wanted to see in the