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Why use organic cotton?

It all goes back to why we started Island Picnic in the first place — for our family’s health. Organic cotton is pure and harmless. It’s free of chemicals, pesticides and toxins that have been linked to allergies, asthma, ADHD, cancers and more. That’s why each and every item we offer is handmade entirely from 100% certified organic cotton, inside and out. From the insulation for our lunch bags to the stuffing in our comforters and pillows — it’s all organic cotton, and it’s all safe for you and your family.

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Leah, Janis and JillianOur story starts back in 2008 when I was researching what on earth was causing so many kids these days, like my daughter Jillian, to have severe food allergies, eczema and asthma (not to mention ADHD and Autism, which are also on the rise). The evidence seemed clear - we have so many chemicals, toxins, pesticides in our world these days that simply were not there a couple generations ago. Of course, there's no cure for these illnesses yet, but there was an idea for how to help prevent them. Clean out your environment. Eat more organic foods, without added hormones and pesticides. Fill your home with pure and natural, chemical-free goods, like glass containers instead of plastic, and organic cotton fabrics. "We can do that!" Mom and I thought. And so we did. Read more...