Happy Earth Day!
As you can probably imagine, Earth Day is a pretty big deal here at Island Picnic. We love celebrating our eco-friendliness, and it’s fun to see what everyone posts online — green living tips, Earth Day kids projects, these really cool Earth Day cupcakes (man, I wish I had thought of that)…
As I was poking around, I found plenty of articles about why you should go green and what organic means (grown/made WITHOUT the use of pesticides and chemicals). And there are countless blogs about which foods to buy organic. What I didn’t see, though, were many tips on what organic products you should be looking for. We all know about pesticides in our foods, but which everyday household and family items should you be looking for the organic version of?
This is especially important to us, because that’s what we make!
Mom and I started Island Picnic back in early 2008 with the idea that we could make everyday products for families from 100% organic materials, and we could make them bright, colorful and fun! There was an overabundance of boring beige and green in the “eco friendly product” world at the time (there still is, honestly), and we wanted to make earth-friendly, allergy-friendly organic products attractive, so you would actually want them in your home.
When it comes to switching from conventional cotton to organic cotton products for your everyday life, where do you start? It can be overwhelming for sure, so I’ve outlined 4 products you should be buying organic.
#1 – Baby products
What’s more precious than a sweet, innocent newborn bundle of joy? I can’t think of anything! You want to protect that little angel from any harsh chemicals or toxins that he’s wearing, sleeping on, breathing in… I love these Textile Truths from Harmony Art — you can see exactly what can be found in conventional cotton and why it’s harmful to your baby. Which baby products are most important to buy organic? Here’s their rule of thumb: “If it touches your baby for an extended period of time or covers a sensitive area, opt for organic.” Diapers, sleepwear and bedding are great places to start.
#2 – Bedding
How many hours do you spend in your bed with sheets and covers wrapped all around you, your face gently smushed into your pillowcase, breathing deeply in and out, in and out, all night long? Personally, I’m a 9-hour a night kind of gal (if I’m lucky). And I sleep much better in those 9 hours if I know what I’m breathing in and sleeping on is pure and safe for me… and for my kids. That’s why bedding comes in at number two on my list. It goes back to the rule of thumb listed in #1 — bedding touches our bodies for an extended period of time. Organic is the best choice. Luckily, you don’t have to look far to find gorgeous organic cotton bedding — we make it right here!
#3 – Lunch/Food Bags
What goes in our body is just as important as what goes on it. What’s the point of buying organic food if it picks up toxins from the bag it’s in on the way to lunch? Stock up on reusable organic cotton lunch and snack bags, and you’ll be well on your way to true clean eating. What do you know! We make those, too!
Don’t forget the organic cotton napkin to wipe your mouth after lunch!
#4 – Clothes
We now know how important it is to choose organic for the things that touch us for an extended amount of time, but it goes beyond that. The pesticides and chemicals used in conventional cotton farming have been liked to allergies, asthma, ADHD and many forms of cancers, just to start. This not only threatens our lives and well-being, but the wildlife and environment around these farms. Here’s a great, easy-to-compare look at organic cotton vs. conventional cotton.
The bottom line is this: the more organic cotton you buy, the better off we all are. Period.
And in celebration of Earth Day, we’re offering all of our 100% organic cotton products to you for 15% off all week long! (That’s our ENTIRE shop!) Happy Earth Day!