We are familiar with the benefits or organic food, but how much do we consider the fabrics we wear and have in our homes? The largest, and most absorbent organ of the human body is our skin. Chemical exposure is usually the root cause of most skin allergies such as dermatitis and eczema. Wrapping your skin in chemicals will eventually provoke a response.
iameko products are made exclusively from organic cotton. Just 1% of the world’s cotton is organic, and India produce more organic cotton than any other nation.
Regular cotton production uses insecticides and pesticides. According to the Soil Association nearly one quarter of global insecticides and ten percent of global pesticides are used to grow cotton. The growers of organic cotton, and their families, are safe from the toxic chemicals running through their fields, food and water supply.
The soil of an organic cotton farm is replenished and maintained through crop rotation, which helps to lock in CO2. The cotton is primarily rain fed (using less water) and the increased organic matter in the soil helps to keep the moisture for longer.
Because organic cotton is hand-picked, the softness of the fibre remains intact. The fibres have not been broken down or weakened by pesticides. This makes organic cotton softer and more hard wearing/durable.
Did you know?
How big was the world's biggest flying insect?
The prehistoric dragonfly had a wingspan of nearly 1 metre! It lived in dinosaur times, and it was about the size of a tricycle.
Frogs and tadpoles have permeable skin, so their absorption of chemicals from the air and water make them a useful (if vulnerable) indicator of environmental damage. We might not be as brightly coloured as a frog, but our skin is absorbent too.
For colour, the commercial textile industry uses nitrogen based synthetic chemicals called azo dyes, a family of dye groups that contain toxic compounds such as chlorine bleach. Azo dyes produce clear, strong colours and are relatively cheap and easy to use. They are used in most fabrics - particularly cotton, but also silk, wool, viscose and synthetic fibres. Some azo dyes have a chemical structure that separates under certain conditions into carcinogenic and allergenic aromatic amines.
Babies’ skin has a natural sensitivity and an undeveloped derma, so the health risk from exposure to aromatic azo dyes is much higher. The metallic component can create a textile-induced chemical sensitivity. Azo free dyes have the metallic component removed, so they are substantially better for you, and the environment.
All iameko products are coloured using azo free dyes.
Bamboo is a kind of grass, not wood! It is a fast growing, natural, renewable resource. There is no danger of future deforestation of our precious tropical rainforests. There is no crust, bark or waste part of bamboo, so it never contributes to pollution or land-fill. Bamboo can be recycled back into the earth as fertiliser or can be made into bamboo charcoal.
Bamboo has a higher compressive strength than wood, brick or concrete. It has a tensile strength that rivals steel. The hollow circular sectioned shape makes bamboo light and easy to handle, transport and store.
These are the reasons why iameko’s children’s teepees are held up with bamboo poles.