No. Due to our preshrinking and our, "true to size fit," if you utilize our size chart consisting of age, weight and height - there should be no reason to size up.
No, we pre shrink all of the cotton by washing in plain hot water and drying, prior to manufacturing.
No, we do not treat any of our products with fire resistant chemicals therefore any garments that are going to be worn for sleep ware should fit snugly, for child's safety. Loose fitting garments are more likely to catch fire.
Our fabrics are dyed with low- impact, fiber-reactive dyes.
A low-impact dye is a dye that has been classified by the Oeko-Tex Standard 100 (an international certification process) as eco-friendly. Generally, low impact dyes do not contain toxic chemicals or mordents (which fix the dye to the fabric), require less rinsing and have a high absorption rate in the fabric (~70%). High absorption rates and a decreased use of rinse water create less waste water.
Fiber-reactive dyes are low-impact synthetic dyes that directly bond with the garment fibers rather than merely remaining as an independent chemical entity within the fiber.
* No chemical residue to come into contact with babies saliva.
* contain no heavy metals or other known toxic substances, and do not need mordents.
* fixation or absorption rate of low-impact dyes is at least 70%, creating less waste water runoff than conventional dyeing processes.
* the high cost of this dye becomes an environmental advantage, as it is cheaper to reclaim dye from its effluent rather than discharge it all and start from scratch. The water can also be recycled.
* the dye cycle is shorter than it is for other dye processes, meaning less water, salt and chemicals are needed.
* recent advances have created fiber-reactive dyes with colors that are brighter and richer, and they provide excellent colorfast properties.
Yes, our fabric is certified as 100% organic cotton by the Texas Deptartment of Agriculture, Control Union, GOTS, or other qualified accreditable certifying bodies. Our fabric has been processed in accordance with the American Organic Standards.
GOTS is the: Global Organic Textile Standard-The aim of the standard is to define requirements to ensure organic status of textiles, from harvesting of the raw materials, through environmentally and socially responsible manufacturing up to labelling in order to provide a credible assurance to the end consumer.
Our fabric is made in the Carolinas with organic cotton that has been grown primarily in West Texas. Cotton is also sourced from India when market conditions such as weather, availability and very importantly - demand - dictate the need.
A very telling indicator is organic cotton's ability to be worn by people with chemical sensitivities whom are unable to wear conventional cotton because they have allergic reactions to the dyes and chemical traces it contains. This is especially important for babies and children because they have more sensitive skin and are more sensitive to chemicals. Conventional cotton sleep ware can be manufactured with a variety of chemicals including flame-retardants, wrinkle resisters and colorfastness treatments. Babies sleep up to 16 hours a day so it is very important that their sleeping environment be free of harsh chemicals that can come in contact with their sensitive skin and respiratory systems.
Another important quality of 100% cotton, is that cotton absorbs moisture and stays dry. In other words, it breathes (as opposed to micro fibers or other synthetic fibers which can cause perspiration). This quality makes cotton products less susceptible to skin irritation, rashes and over-heating and is thereby more comfortable and safer for babies.
Environmentally, conventional cotton farming takes a huge toll on our planet.
Here are some startling facts:
• Conventional cotton is responsible for 25% of the insecticides used worldwide.
• Some of the most toxic pesticides are used on cotton, and these enter our food chain through the waste water entering the water table. The EPA rates 7 of the top 15 pesticides used on conventional cotton as potential or known carcinogens.
• To make one t-shirt, 1/3 of a pound of pesticides and other chemicals are used.
Choosing organic cotton helps to support organic farmers and gives motivation to conventional farmers who are trying to convert to organic practices. Spreading the word to friends and family also helps to raise global awareness about the benefits of choosing organic cotton. Hopefully, over time, this can reduce the amount of chemicals consumed by conventional cotton farming and help contribute to a healthier planet.
Why is organic cotton of higher quality?
The answer lies in how organic cotton is produced. Conventional cotton growers use harvesting machines to harvest the cotton. With the use of these machines, the seeds and oil in the seeds is mixed with the cotton. Harsh chemical cleansers are then used to clean the cotton and remove the oil and seeds. In addition, conventional cotton uses dyes that sometimes contain heavy metals.
Our organic cotton growers do not use chemical defoliants to remove the outer leaves, they instead wait for the leaves to dry naturally and then remove them by hand. Since the cotton is much cleaner at this point they only need to use a mild natural cleansing product to wash the cotton. In addition, when dying the product, only low impact environmental dyes are used.
The other benefit of hand picking and no chemical use is that the cotton fiber is much stronger; the fiber is not weakened by the chemical cleansers or dyes.
The TOG rating describes the warmth or “thermal resistance” of a fabric, and is widely used in the UK and Europe to describe warmth levels of duvets, blankets and sleeping bags. The higher the TOG rating, the greater the warmth is.
Sleep sacks replace loose blankets in the crib that can cover your baby’s face and interfere with breathing. Unlike a blanket that they can kick off the sleep sack moves with baby allowing them to roll and kick while staying warm and protected.
Sleep sacks also reinforce bedtime routines as your baby learns to associate wearing their sleep sack with going to sleep. They prevent babies legs from getting caught in the crib bars and discourage older babies from climbing out of their cribs.
Unlike many sleep sacks in the market place today, CastleWare sacks are made from 100% natural, organic cotton fibers. We do not use any synthetic fibers or filling that can cause the baby to overheat and sweat which in turn can cause rashes and wakeful nights. Cotton fibers allow the babies body to breath so a safe and comfortable body temperature is maintained throughout the night.
Yes, since all of our sleep sacks are made with 100% natural fibers with no synthetic fillers they allow babies body to breath and maintain a constant safe temperature.
Many of our customers like the option of using a long sleeve sack with little or no garments layered underneath during the warmer months. This allows maximum comfort for the infant while being completely covered and protected.
Our long sleeve velour sleep sack is a favorite with families who live in cold or temperate climates and have drafty or older, hard to heat homes. A footie, long john set or body suit can be layered underneath so baby stays warm and snuggly all night.
No matter what style of sleep sack you decide is right for your baby, the under garments should always be made from 100% cotton as well.
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The Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) is recognised as the world's leading processing standard for textiles made from organic fibres. It defines high-level environmental criteria along the entire organic textiles supply chain and requires compliance with social criteria as well.
Only textile products that contain a minimum of 70% organic fibres can become GOTS certified. All chemical inputs such as dyestuffs and auxiliaries used must meet certain environmental and toxicological criteria. The choice of accessories is limited in accordance with ecological aspects as well. A functional waste water treatment plant is mandatory for any wet-processing unit involved and all processors must comply with minimum social criteria.
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