Why Choose Certified Organic Cotton

Cotton crops comprise less than 3% of the world's agriculture, but use 25% of the world's pesticides. It takes about one third of a pound of these chemicals to produce enough cotton for one t-shirt. Seven of the most common pesticides used on cotton are "known, probable, or likely" to be human carcinogens according to the EPA (United States Enviromental Protection Agency), and are also thought to cause, among other health risks, birth defects and nervous system disorders.

In direct contrast, organic cotton starts with organic farming practices, which use seeds that haven't been genetically modified or treated with pesticides. Pest control is accomplished through the use of natural predators and other natural practices. From growth through harvest, the process is monitored according to a set of Organic Growing Standards adopted by governmental bodies.

Since organic cotton plants aren't bombarded with toxic chemicals they tend to produce longer fibers, which yield stronger yarn and more durable fabrics. Pesticide-free long cotton fiber also feels softer, more breathable and luxurious against the skin.

Once organic cotton clothes have been produced the next step is adding colour. According to experts, conventional clothing dyes can cause a wide variety of health problems for people with chemical sensitivities. It is often the dye fixative used to bond the dye color to the fabric that causes the most problems. Toxic chemicals sometimes found in the dyeing process include dioxin, formaldehyde, and heavy metals such as chrome, copper, and zinc. These chemicals are absorbed through the skin.

In order for products to meet organic certification, only low-impact fiber-reactive dyes may be used. Fiber-reactive dyes are synthetic dyes that chemically bond directly to the clothing fiber molecules. The fixation or absorption rate of low-impact dyes is at least 70%, creating less waste-water runoff and therefore a lower impact on the environment. Recent advances have created fiber-reactive dyes with colors that are brighter and richer, and they provide excellent colorfast properties. They contain no heavy metals or other known toxic substances, and they meet all European Union criteria for being an eco-friendly pigment.

Why Choose Eco-Friendly Cleaners

Many detergents contain harmful ingredients such as phenols, phosphates, petroleum distillates, optical brighteners and chlorine bleach which are not healthy for people, or the earth. Clothing remains in contact with the skin nearly 24 hours a day, and what you put on your skin, also goes in your skin, and bloodstream.

Eco-friendly cleaners do not contain any chemically-derived ingredients. Their power to clean, banish smells and remove stains is based on the cleaning properties found in natural ingredients, such as salt, certain floral compounds and natural oils.

The use of eco-friendly cleaners will result in fewer skin conditions, especially for babies and children and those with sensitive skin. Environmentally, eco-friendly cleaners are also a lot less damaging to the waterways than commercial cleaners.

Why Choose Organic Bath and Skin Care

The skin is the body's largest organ. It helps excrete toxins via perspiration, but it also absorbs everything which is applied on it. Artificial fragrances, synthetic chemicals and petroleum-based ingredients enter the body through the use of bath and skin care products, and sometimes, in the goal of getting clean, we introduce more harmful substances to our bodies.

These may include Sodium Lauryl Sulphate (SLS), which is a chemical that can cause a range of issues from mild skin irritation to permanent organ damage; Phthalates which are often found in synthetic fragrances or used as skin softener, may cause liver and kidney failure in extreme situations; Parabens which are preservatives that have been found to be toxic to the human immune system, and especially to small children. Synthetic fragrances can cause a range of respiratory issues in babies, toddlers and even young children; while mineral oil can clog pores and worsen baby skin conditions such as cradle cap and eczema.

Choosing organic bath and skin care means limiting the skin's exposure to potentially harmful synthetic products and ingredients. Organically certified bath products encompass everything from the purity of soil where the ingredients are grown, right up to the manufacturing methods of the bottles used to contain the products.

All bath and skin care products available at Mija conforms to these stringent standards. Try any of our products and notice the difference it can make in existing skin conditions. Even generally healthy skin will benefit from the change of chemical-heavy cleansers to nature-derived ingredients.

Why Choose Organic Cloth Diapers

Diapers, both cotton and disposable, contain very small amounts of dioxins, an organic compound that can be manipulated to form other compounds, the most common of which is polychlorinated dibenzodioxins, a common environmental pollutant. Dioxins form in the wood pulp when it is bleached from brown to white before being put into the diaper. The use of chlorine in the bleaching process is what creates the dioxins; chlorine-free processes are available but the majority of the pulp used in diapers is bleached with chlorine.

Certain dioxins have been shown to be carcinogic and to affect the reproductive and immune systems, which is why more mothers are turning to organic cloth diapers.

If you give cloth diapers a try, you will find them to be more economical, more reliable, and less messy. Babies are healthier in cloth diapers, and many mothers have said it is easier to potty train with cloth diapers than disposables. And of course, cloth diapers are better for the environment.

Why Choose Organic Cotton Wipes

If you've got babies or small children then you probably go through lots of wipes each day. More and more parents are now moving away from traditional wipes to organic baby wipes to help protect the health and future of their children.

The number one factor in choosing organic cotton wipes is the fact that it's healthier. Using cloth means there are no chemicals coming into contact with your baby's skin. Disposable wipes are known to include a number of chemicals, fragrances and other ingredients that can irritate the skin and even lead to more serious health problems. Many wet wipes widely available contain harsh foaming agents like Sodium Lauryl Sulphate (SLS), as well as preservatives such as phenoxyethanol, which is linked to dermatitis.

Why Choose Organic Playmats

There are many foam play mats and puzzles available but recently, they have become a concern for many parents. Belgium and France recalled foam play mats in 2010 because test results indicate unsafe levels of formamide. Formamide is toxic to the reproductive system and can pose harm to fetuses and infants. Exposure to the chemical can also cause eye, nose, throat and skin irritation.

Why Choose Organic Sanitary Pads

Most conventional sanitary pads are made from over 90 percent plastic, derived from crude oil, including superabsorbent polyacrylates, polypropylene and polyethylene.

The use of synthetic fibers, plastic-backed panty liners, and contact with toxic chemicals can lead to burning and soreness of delicate tissue in certain individuals, especially if you are susceptible to allergies.

Plus, these materials restrict the free flow of air and can trap heat and dampness, potentially promoting the growth of yeast and bacteria in the vaginal area.

Many gynaecologists have advised women with sensitive skin to reduce their contact with chlorine bleached materials, and also products containing synthetics, latex and super absorbents made from petrochemicals.

Why Choose Wooden Toys

Wooden toys are a much safer and all-natural alternative to plastic toys as they do not contain toxic chemicals such as PVC (phthalates). This is particularly important for babies who put everything into their mouths when they are teething. Wooden toys encourage children to use their imagination and be creative as they build and create endless structures. From simple wooden blocks to arches and more complex play blocks children love creating things.

Wooden toys are durable and biodegradable so they are much better for our environment. Unfortunately plastic toys end up in landfills and do not break down. Wooden toys can be mended if they break and passed down from generation to generation. Most plastic toys are loud and over stimulating and require children to press a button to hear a sound. This is merely entertaining a child and teaching the child cause and effect. When a child plays with wooden toys they engage in meaningful play, developing cognitive and problem-solving skills. Their environment is calm and they are busy creating, talking and inventing play.