We all know about the booming organic industry, but it tends to be the most noticeable in our grocery shopping than anything else. Ever thought about organic fabrics? When reading about prefold diapers, you probably see lots of places selling both “normal” and organic materials in their prefolds. What’s the real difference?
Any fabrics labelled organic must be made with materials that were not grown with any chemical pesticides or fertilizers. When it comes to cotton, that’s a pretty big deal because it normally uses more pesticides than any other commercial crop in the world. Pesticide residue on the resulting fabric is fairly minimal, so it isn’t going to make a huge difference to you personally.
But if you have any interest or concern for the environment, choosing the pesticide-free varieties is the best choice. It saves the soil as well as the water, for areas covering many thousands of acres. That means going with the organic prefolds.
It’s the most significant option when buying cotton due to the way it’s normally grown. Other fabrics don’t have the same problems.
Hemp and bamboo are the two other main materials that prefold diapers are made of, and they are usually only available as organic. That’s because they are both crops that need no pesticides in the first place, making them organic anyway. So if you are going with either of these, don’t be surprised if all your options are labelled organic.
And the last aspect you’ll want to know about prefold diapers that are organic, is that the cost is sometimes a little higher but not by much. Some manufacturers even have organic prefolds for the same price as conventionally-grown ones, which means you don’t have to break your diaper budget to get the more environmentally-friendly choice.
Don’t forget to check on the fabrics of your diaper covers either. You shouldn’t have any trouble finding them in organic materials as well.