Becoming a mum has made me realise how important it is to know more about where the things I buy actually come from. Since discovering Kit and Kin’s skin care range and Tommy & Lottie’s clothing range (both reviews can be found on my blog) I feel like I am far more conscious when it comes to choosing brands for Arlo.
Before becoming a mum I would just buy myself things and not really take the time to find out where they come from, how they are made, and even what affects spending my money on them could have for the environment. That’s why now when choosing bathing products and clothes for Arlo I am actually proud to be using brands that are sustainable, good quality and ethical.
Bathing Arlo ethically
As a first time mum, naturally I was overwhelmed when it came to choosing products to bath Arlo in. There is SO much choice out there. Our latest discovery for Arlo’s skin is Kit & Kin’s bubble bath and hair & body wash. Both have been approved by dermatologists and certified natural by the soil association. They are both made without any harsh chemicals or synthetic fragrances. After trying out their nappies which we loved (see the review here) I was so pleased to enjoy their bathing products just as much.
Kit & Kin’s promise~
For every 10 customers that buy a Kit & Kin nappy subscription, they will fund the purchase and protection of one acre of tropical rainforest though World Land Trust. They do this by raising awareness of rainforest conservation and to help save and protect threatened habitat across the world. I didn’t actually realise the important of the rainforest before using Kit & Kin and I have now learnt that it provides clean air and life saving medicines…
~25% of all medications used worldwide originated from the rainforest
~Only 1% of the rainforest has been analysed for its medicinal benefits
If I can do my bit for the rainforest by simply using an ethical brand then that’s good enough for me!
Shop the range at www.kitandkin.com
Dressing Arlo ethically
Tommy & Lottie’s t-shirts are manufactured in an ethical & sustainable production process in Tanzania, Africa out of good quality 200gsm cotton which is very soft on Arlo’s skin. By manufacturing their shirts in Tanzania they have created jobs allowing people to invest in their families’ futures.
The majority of the people who are given jobs at the factory have no skills so they are actually trained up giving them a chance to get themselves out of poverty. The workers are paid well over the local minimum wage, paid maternity leave, educational grants for their children, one hot heavily subsidised meal a day, safe working conditions and no forced or unfair overtime.
This for me is so satisfying to know and I believe makes a big difference when choosing clothes for Arlo. I would MUCH rather know that the clothes he’s wearing are not only of great quality but have gone through an ethical production process.
In addition to this all of the Tommy & Lottie’s t-shirts have the oeko tex® class 1 certification which means that all of their cotton is safe to use on babies skin as it is free from harmful chemicals and dyes. This is also a great thing to know as protecting Arlo’s skin is one of my main priorities. You can see my full review on their unisex clothing range here.
Shop the range at www.tommyandlottie.com