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Chemicals don't wash out and when it's next to your skin all day, you're absorbing them. I didn't actually realize how bad conventional cotton was but the grim reality is that over 20 million pounds of chemicals are sprayed on conventional cotton crops annually. Buying organic is by far the best choice, no matter what the product is. It does suck that it's so.darn.expensive but every chance I can find organic (fairtrade) clothing at decent prices, I buy them. That's what I look for first. Ebay has been awesome for that.<br><br>
Also, cotton farmers typically apply some 300 pounds of pesticides and other agri-chemicals to an acre of cotton, from which they harvest about 1,000 pounds of fiber. It's just sickening.
 

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I buy mostly organic foods, use no chemicals in the house ect. I try to buy my kids organic clothes when I can get them. I mainly shop at Hanna Anderson and look for the Oko-tex certification. There are so many other cute clothes though that I would love to buy. Clothing from Fresh Produce, Boden, Garnet Hill. I see Garnet Hill had a few girl items in green cotton. Just wondering how important is it to stick with organic cotton. Can chemicals be washed out of clothing? I need help avoiding the adorable Fresh Produce kids clothing. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> My dd and I were drooling over some of that stuff today.
 

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If I could afford it, I would. I buy organic food unless it is a ton more than conventional. I would buy organic clothes mostly to support organic farmers vs. conventionally grown cotton and to help create more of a market for it. I found some organic cotton PJ's on sale at Walmart for 4 dollars, so of course I scooped them all up. I cannot afford $38 jammies, there's just no way. If the prices were closer, I'd go organic, but at this point it isn't an option.
 

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it is always better to buy organic clothing for the reasons previous people have already said. but organic clothes are really expensive i compromise and get used clothing which is often not organic when i don't or can't spend the money on organic clothes. i think cotton gets more pesticides than just about any other crop, the dye's used in most clothing are also really nasty so when i get organic cotton i also go with undyed or color grown. i think because children are so much more sensitive to things it is even more important for them to have organic clothing but i think other clothing probably won't cause a whole lot of physical harm even though it is extremely toxic.
 

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Hemp, bamboo, and soy clothing is less expensive than organic cotton and better for your skin. I'd check that out if I were you.
 

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Personally, I would stick with Hanna. Not only are their Oko-Tex and organic clothes great, but they are a family oriented company and they support many children's organizations. I love their adult clothes and children's clothes. They hold up soooo well.
 

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Yes, we do love Hanna here. I just bought a ton of stuff in their 20& off sale that ended a week ago. I also just bought a bunch of underwear for dd (LOVE these on dd) and some t's and boxers for ds (they are having their first ever "unders" sale). I am trying to recreate the short johns for ds since those won't be offered this year. Damn government called Hanna and had a fit about the short johns not being flame retardent. Hanna is figuring a way around that and will hopefully offer them next year. Some of their stuff is not certified. Actually quite a bit of it. They said they are working on getting more and more certified. Mainly now its only things that are offered from year to year.<br><br>
FYI to those that like their pj's but not the price. You can call their outlets stores and buy them over the phone and they will ship. Organic cotton long johns usually are about $28. I have actually done this quite a bit. I will call them and ask for say, summer stuff in girls size 110. They will either call me back or put you on hold, go look and then describe the item on the phone. I have gotten some really good deals this way.<br><br>
Anyway, back to the main topic. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> It is so hard to resisit those brighttly colored dresses for dd. I will have to keep reminding myself about the dangers.
 

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I'm right there with all the PPs who buy their Hannas used. I feel the flame retardant issue is very important, so I focus my Hanna $ on their zipper pajamas and long johns. I watch e-Bay and the Trading Post here pretty carefully, and am not real picky on what condition the jammies are in.<br><br>
I can't believe the govt. is pitching a b*tch about flame retardant--even Carter's is starting to go FR-free on a lot of their cotton pjs. Where did you find that information? What agency is having a fit?
 

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Although the toxic pesticides and dyes do linger and continue to leach out of fibers over many washes, they do lessen over time. Used clothing that has been washed many, many times is going to have less of a toxic load than new, conventionaly grown cotten. The fire retardent wears down over many washes too.<br><br>
If your budget realy can't manage new organic cotton, and you can't find used organic, used conventonal cotton is a good alternative.
 

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It is true that Hanna is getting a hard way to go about the whole flame retardent issue. If you want to know specifics just call their 1-800 # or email them.
 

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I just buy plain ole cotton jammies that are snug fitting sometimes, from old navy. Do they have flame retardants as well? I thought it was the poly terries from carters and such? And I was totally under the impression that it was more of an environmental concert wrt clothing. We buy a lot used, but periodically new, and I didnt' realize that the chemicals were a factor in the acutal wearing.<br><br>
Anyway, what other brands do you recommend besides hanna? I like them and buy them occasionally, but frankly I get a little sick of the ubiquitous stripes that most people can identify.
 

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Do you have any references on this? I buy used mostly, since I can't afford organic cotton. I would like to buy organic or alternative fibres to support those manufacturing them and decrease the environmental effects of pesticides, but I have never read anything clear about effects on the wearer and would be grateful for any sources.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Yes, we do love Hanna here. I just bought a ton of stuff in their 20& off sale that ended a week ago. I also just bought a bunch of underwear for dd (LOVE these on dd) and some t's and boxers for ds (they are having their first ever "unders" sale). I am trying to recreate the short johns for ds since those won't be offered this year. Damn government called Hanna and had a fit about the short johns not being flame retardent. Hanna is figuring a way around that and will hopefully offer them next year. Some of their stuff is not certified. Actually quite a bit of it. They said they are working on getting more and more certified. Mainly now its only things that are offered from year to year.<br>
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That is weird. I understand that the jammies have to be fire resistant, or tight, but I buy ds very similar jammies from Carters or whatever from Mervyns or old navy. Not organic, but same style -- 100% cotton, not flame retardarnt, but short kinda tight jammies. Don't the Hannah ones look more or less like this:<br><br><a href="http://www.gap.com/browse/product.do?cid=&pid=455454&scid=455454002" target="_blank">http://www.gap.com/browse/product.do...scid=455454002</a>
 

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Yep--I would also like to see proof that the chemicals "never" wash out. Not trying to be rude---but I don't believe it! I would personally buy organic clothing if it was not SOOO incredibly overpriced---and kind of funny looking <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngtongue.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Stick Out Tongue"> It really is disgusting how many chemicals are used to produce regular cotton <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/dizzy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Dizzy">:
 

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I feel that not using flame retardent jammies is important, but I find them pretty easy to find and reasonable priced when they aren't organic. Gerber makes cute 100% cotton, not flame retardant jammies for about 6 dollars a pair. Old navy and Gap make some too, but are pricey.<br><br><a href="http://www.walmart.com/catalog/product.do?product_id=5007204" target="_blank">http://www.walmart.com/catalog/produ...uct_id=5007204</a><br><br>
these are the ones we buy, though they can be hard to find outside of winter. I buy them all up when they come out. Not organic, but maybe someday the prices will go down or I'll get rich!
 

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One thing that is almost just as important to me as if the cotton is grown organically and doesn't have all the chemical flame retardents is who is being supported with the purchase of the product. I feel this way not just about clothing but with all purchases. I'd rather purchase items from buisnesses that support my beliefs. Just a thought...
 

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Yeah I get the close-fitting cotton Old Navy jammies, 2 for $20. They usually have them. Not organic of course, but they say that they are not flame retardent, and should fit snugly.
 

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I'm a big believer that reusing is better than buying new even if it's fancy organic stuff. And if you can wash pesticides off of veggies with a veggie soap, I'm pretty positive cotton pesticides wash off with all the treatments the fabric goes through - not to mention your laundry routine. I think the big issue with conventional is that is hurts the environment with the runoff chemicals, damage to wildlife. Not so much it affecting your skin.
 

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Thundersweet--great tip about the Hanna outlet. Thanks!
 
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