Last week we touched on where the majority of cotton is produced in the United States, and where we here at Dreamtown Kids find the organic cotton we trust when creating infant and toddler pillows and bedding, as well as other products for all of you! This week we want to continue the discussion on cotton, focusing on the distinction of organic, and talk about the processes involved in organic and conventional materials. Let’s talk!
Below are some of the requirements to be labeled as certified organic. There are the guidelines by which a product receives its designation as such. While these are the rules to qualify for the certification, and in turn are the way in which products earn that label, it is important to remember that the absence of such a label does not mean that other-than-wholesome methods were used in production.
The manner in which something is produced is a big deal. If you’re creating a product designed to serve a good consumer purpose, but it happens to bring harm elsewhere in the process, any good that could’ve been brought as a result of the well-intentioned onset is virtually null and void. To be certified organic means to implement production that explicitly excludes harmful methods. An example of these harmful approaches is genetic engineering and modification, which has become ever more recognized in more recent years.
When it comes to receiving accreditation as certified organic, the process by which you create your product is not the only consideration. Another equally important factor of production to bear in mind are the substances being used. If a supplier is manufacturing a fabric or material for use by a private producer, the desire by said producer is knowing that the material they are using was not produced in a less-than-savory way. An example of harmful materials that is familiar to many is the use of certain harmful insecticides in the growth of crops.
With the production methods and production materials addressed, there remains one last piece of the puzzle in order to be eligible for certified organic. That piece is in the entities overseeing the aforementioned methods and materials. To be certified, a USDA National Organic Program-authorized agent must certify the product in question as such.
In conclusion, organic is a buzz word, that we all have heard a lot as of late and may be curious about. Many may be wondering what it takes for products much like organic cotton products by Dreamtown Kids to gain that certification. To find great organic products for your toddler, look no further than DreamtownKids.com!