Your child desperately needs organic clothes; here’s why

Children’s skin being about 30% thinner than adults, it is more absorbent of substances present in their clothes


Children are one of the largest consumers of apparel. And also the most vulnerable customer segment with regard to the adverse effects of synthetic clothing and toxic chemicals. Children’s skin being about 30% thinner than adults, is more absorbent of substances present in their clothes.

Not surprisingly, with increasing exposure to pollutants and toxins in most clothes available today, there is a significant rise in the number of children prone to allergies, skin rashes and respiratory disorders.

Moreover, synthetic garments take a long time to decompose, creating long-term pollution which in turn impacts the future generations who will inherit this planet in the days to come. To make a significant environmental impact, it is not just the occasional partywear which needs to be sustainable, it is daily casualwear worn in larger numbers which must be responsibly produced.

In this scenario, two women-owned companies in India are taking baby steps to grow this nascent segment of Organic clothing for our future generations.

Good quality, organic cotton clothing for children

Barkha Das and Meghna Kishore started Greendigo with the vision of making ‘organic’ the new normal in baby clothes. Says Meghna, “In India, availability of good quality, organic cotton clothing for children is low. The handful of brands who offer certified organic cotton clothing for kids often charge a huge premium, which has resulted in the perception of organic clothing being very niche and for the elite only. We endeavoured to change this perception because in reality, organic cotton clothing can be very affordable and accessible to the masses.”

The journey was not without its challenges especially in setting up a reliable supply chain. Barkha explains, “Manufacturers often do not entertain start-ups since they fail to meet the MOQ (Minimum Order Quantity). Also, given that organic clothing for kids is still a relatively nascent category in India, there are only a handful of manufacturers whose supply chain is end-to-end compliant with the Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS).”

This study has been carried out by Steena Joy of


Five fabrics that are best suited for children’s clothing

It often happens that parents primarily prefer the style, when buying clothes for a child. However, the fabric is also important. Most experts agree that children’s wardrobe should have the following characteristics: good ventilation, the ability to absorb moisture, and not cause allergies. To simplify this task for parents, we have prepared an overview of the most suitable fabrics for children’s clothing.

1) Cotton

2) Linen

3) Satin

4) Fleece

5) Wool

These are not all fabrics that can be used when sewing clothes for children. The final choice of materials depends on the purpose of the thing and the time of year for which it is sewn. Among all products, children’s clothing from natural fabrics is especially appreciated. Cotton, linen, and wool are those materials that have better breathability are characterized by increased hypoallergenic properties and give the most pleasant sensations. So, approach your choice wisely to make your kid healthy and happy.