This AW we are launching a more affordable hard-wearing, everyday collection made of machine-washable organic cotton/ cashmere.
ZERO FUSS: ADVENTURES FULL SPEED AHEAD
So if a dollop of ketchup falls on it during a fish-finger session, no need to panic: simply pop it into the wash on a cool delicate cycle after a hard day of play.
(Just remember to lift the ketchup up from the side that it fell on. Next, run it under cool water underneath the stain pushing the ketchup off the fabric from the side it fell on without pushing it through.)
GOTS CERTIFIED ORGANIC COTTON
It is important to note that as a brand, MIKA & MILO is not GOTS certified yet, but we are working on it.
Our yarn supplier however is very much GOTS certified.
That means that over 90% of its 'organic cotton' content is certified organic which makes it a win for the planet too.
WHY ORGANIC COTTON IS BETTER FOR THE PLANET
Did you know that organic cotton uses far less water than it's conventional cousin.
In fact, did you know that you need a staggering 10,000 to 20,000 litres of water to produce just 1KG of cotton?
That's 20,000 Evian bottles.
Organic cotton also releases nearly 50% less carbon emissions so you can feel good knowing that you are reducing your carbon footprint by buying it compared to normal cotton.
BETTER FOR THE FARMERS & BEES TOO
PLUS, it is pesticide free too, meaning that it won’t hurt your kids' bodies, not the farmers who grow it as it won't pollute their water supplies.
It's also better for out little friends the bees.
Anyone who loves watching David Attenborough's latest TV series Wild Isles will appreciate how important our little bee friends are.
Organic cotton also ensures that the farmers who grow it are paid a fair wage whilst working under ethical conditions, making it a win for us and a win for them.
BUY LESS, CHOOSE WELL & PASS IT ON
Also, if you invest in a well made piece of organic fashion, you are investing in not only your child, the planet, and their future, but also the next generation as it is something which can be passed down.
Organic cotton is not only softer, but also ore durable than normal cotton.
Isn’t it better to buy less, choose well and then pass it on?
We certainly think so. After all, what could be possibly nicer than for your kids to pass down their hand-me-downs to their own little Ones?
NO PLANET B
As a former climate writer and parent to Mika aged 7Y and Milo aged 5Y, our founder knows how easy it is to feel overwhelmed by the current state of the climate and environmental crisis.
But, as the Chinese philosopher Lau Tsu once said: “A journey of a thousand miles begins with just a single step.”
So if we can all play our part to protect this beautiful planet that provides our home, together we can move the needle forward.
In the words of Martin Luther King: “We are all caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied into a single garment of destiny.”
And nowhere is this more poignant than when it comes to the beautiful planet which provides us all home. After all, there is no planet B and surely our children and earth which they will inherit deserve only the best? #madetolast #handmedown #organic #noplanetB
Organic cotton has grown in popularity in recent years as an environmentally friendly and long-lasting alternative to conventional cotton.
We find organic cotton to be a perfect fit for our cute kids clothing ranges.
However, there are further variances within the field of organic cotton, with GOTS (Global Organic Textile Standard) certified organic cotton standing out as the gold standard. Let's look at the differences between organic cotton and GOTS certified organic cotton to help you make more informed clothing options.
Understanding Organic Cotton
Organic cotton is farmed in ways that promote environmental sustainability as well as human well-being. It is grown using no synthetic pesticides, herbicides, or genetically modified organisms (GMOs). Organic farmers, on the other hand, rely on natural and traditional agricultural practises to grow the crop while protecting the environment. This produces a cotton fibre free of dangerous chemicals, which is sometimes referred to as chemical-free, non-toxic, or pesticide-free cotton.
Exploring GOTS Certified Organic Cotton
GOTS accreditation takes organic cotton to the next level. The Global Organic Textile Standard is a worldwide recognised certification that assures the whole textile supply chain adheres to strict organic requirements, from cultivation through processing and labelling. Organic cotton that is GOTS certified ensures not only the absence of dangerous chemicals, but also the traceability and transparency of the entire production process. This means that GOTS certified organic cotton is not only environmentally healthy and sustainable, but it also meets high social and environmental standards.
Benefits of Natural and GMO-Free Cotton
One of the primary benefits of organic cotton and GOTS certified organic cotton is that they are both natural and GMO-free. These cotton varieties are farmed without genetically modified seeds or organisms, lowering the hazards of genetic manipulation and encouraging biodiversity. Choose natural and GMO-free cotton to support sustainable farming practises and a healthy ecosystem.
Embracing Pesticide and Herbicide-Free Cotton
Conventional cotton cultivation mainly relies on the use of synthetic pesticides and herbicides, which can be damaging to the environment as well as human health. These chemical treatments are not required with organic cotton, especially GOTS certified organic cotton. You not only protect yourself from any allergies or skin sensitivities by choosing pesticide and herbicide-free cotton, but you also contribute to cleaner water sources and better agricultural communities.
Allergy-Free and Pure Cotton for Your Well-being
Organic cotton, including GOTS certified organic cotton, can be a game changer for anyone with sensitive skin or allergies. Organic cotton is allergy-free and pure since it is grown and processed without the use of synthetic chemicals. You can enjoy the comfort and peace of mind that comes with wearing clothing that respects your well-being by choosing cotton that is free of dangerous toxins.
In conclusion, while organic cotton is a fantastic choice for environmentally conscious consumers, GOTS certified organic cotton goes a step further in ensuring a comprehensive and sustainable textile manufacturing process. By purchasing GOTS certified organic cotton, you are supporting ethical farming practises, protecting the environment, and putting your health first. So, the next time you go shopping for cotton, remember the distinction between organic cotton and GOTS certified organic cotton in mind, and have a good influence with your wardrobe selections.
At MIKA & MILO, our organic cotton yarn is GOTS certified, meaning that the our yarn provider is GOT certified. We as a brand however are not yet certified, but are currently working on this and thank you kindly for your patience. Nevertheless, please rest assured that the yarn used in our organic cotton products is GOTS certified.