Frequently Asked Questions
Why Go Organic?
It’s good to know that you can buy organic cotton safe in the knowledge that everyone involved in its manufacture has been dealt with fairly, they haven’t been exposed to toxins and pesticides and no child has been employed to help produce your clothes.
All LittleLeaf products are certified to the Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS). Organic cotton bearing the GOTS logo ensures that the fabric has been made by farms and factories meeting the highest social and environmental standards currently available.
If buying a top quality, premium product, beautifully soft and manufactured with high social standards isn’t quite enough, then you can also relax in the knowledge that you are buying sustainably and helping to make the environment that little bit better.
Non-organic cotton has been called the world’s dirtiest crop and uses 16% of all insecticides globally (Soil Association). Organic cotton works with nature, not against it, avoids the use of pesticides, uses far less water and helps to keep water safe and clean. It produces staggeringly less greenhouse gas than conventional cotton manufacture, maintains healthy soils and helps remove CO2 from the atmosphere. As the UK Soil Association says, organic represents “More of the good stuff, less of the bad.”
GOTS Certification (how to be sure it is organic cotton)
GOTS (Global Organic Textile Standard)
It’s not enough just to be organic. When we set up LittleLeaf we wanted to ensure that everyone we deal with is treated fairly. Farmers and manufacturers should not be exposed to harmful chemicals and bad working practices in order to produce our clothes. That’s why the social conditions required under the Global Organic Textile Standards (GOTS) are just as important to us as the organic requirements.
As GOTS themselves say: “GOTS prohibits the use of the kinds of chemicals commonly used in textile processing that can cause cancer, birth defects and other serious illnesses. Chemicals, like persistent hormone-disrupting substances, also destroy eco-systems and bio-diversity on an international scale.
“Workers are not exposed to toxic chemicals when working with GOTS-certified inputs and practices. In addition, the GOTS social criteria are based on the International Labour Organisation (ILO) key conventions which include a ban on child and forced labour and include provisions such as having systems in place to prove they are addressing social concerns, such as grievances. Furthermore, GOTS requires fire-prevention training and evacuation drills.” (Extracted from the Why GOTS? FAQ page on the GOTS website, www.global-standard.org.)
Not all organic cotton is certified to this high ethical standard – some clothes labelled “organic” might only contain a tiny percentage of organic cotton – so whenever you buy organic cotton, look for the GOTS logo, which ensures these standards are met. We are proud that LittleLeaf is registered by GOTS and the UK Soil Association. Read more about this here, in the Soil Association’s GOTS campaign: http://www.cottonedon.org/FAQS.
LittleLeaf as a Gift
Alternatively, if you are choosing to give a large sheet, perhaps with a couple of pillowcases too, or grouping together a number of out baby items, why not opt for our gorgeous LittleLeaf gift box? This costs an extra £7 and can also be chosen at checkout, but if you spend £75 or more, the box and lovely packaging will be free!. See “Gift Ideas” below for more information.
Sizing for Babywear
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All sizes feature double-thickness ribbed jersey cuffs at the wrist which can be unfolded to act as useful scratch mitts at night.
Our three smallest sizes (Newborn, 0-3 months and 3-6 months) also have double cuffs at the ankle, allowing a little bit of extra length in these early months when babies grow so quickly. They also give the comfort of a little bit of extra warmth on chilly nights.
Our three larger sizes (6-12, 12-18 and 18-24 months) do not have a cuff but instead are finished at the ankle with the clean line of a contrasting rib trim.
All our baby clothes have smooth, ironed-in labels behind the neck, to avoid the possibility of a sewn-in label causing irritation. All poppers are nickel-free.
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neckline to top of thigh
Our blankets measure 80cm x 70cm, the perfect size to give your baby an extra layer of warmth when out in the pram or pushchair, or at night in the cot.
Our muslin squares measure 65 x 65cm.
Cot Bed Sheets
Our sheets are generously sized, including an allowance for any shrinkage (natural for cotton) after the first wash.
Flat Cot Bed Sheet: 120cm x 180cm.
Fitted Cot Bed Sheet: 70cm x 140cm (depth 14cm). All our fitted Cot Bed sheets fit a maximum mattress depth of 14cm.
Sizing for Sheets and Pillowcases
Cot Bed: 120cm x 180cm
Single: 180cm x 275cm
Double: 230cm x 275cm
Kingsize: 300cm x 275cm
Superking: 300cm x 290cm
Choose “Standard” if your mattress is less than 28cm deep, or “Extra Deep” if it measures over 28cm deep.
Cot Bed: 70cm x 140cm (with a 14cm depth)
Single: 90cm x 190cm
Double: 138cm x 190cm
Kingsize: 150cm x 200cm
Superking: 180cm x 200cm
Our Standard Pillowcase measures 50cm x 75cm, fitting neatly to the edge of the pillow without a border.
Our Oxford Pillowcase also measures 50cm x 75cm, but has an added border of approximately 5cm.
Our Postage and Packaging is just £1 on everything.
If you are buying LittleLeaf as a gift, we will beautifully gift wrap your parcel and add a card with your own message for an extra £5. Alternatively, choose one of our gorgeous gift boxes to send your present in style – our slimline Classic Box is £8.50, or larger Luxury Box is priced at £12.50 (including postage).
We have taken care to research our stationery and packaging materials to ensure that the materials we use are sustainable. We aim to minimise our use of poly bags, only using them where we have to to keep your clothes clean and dry. Our hang tags are recycled and recyclable. We only use 100% recycled materials for our postal packaging and all of if it can be recycled in your standard recycling bins. This includes our postal bags, tape and stickers.
If you order gift wrapping from us, we’ll use specially designed recycled uncoated wrapping paper, printed with our very own designs in environmentally friendly inks. If we use ribbon, we’ll ensure that it is an eco-friendly paper raffia ribbon that is completely compostable. We have designed a variety of our own special LittleLeaf greetings cards (made from 100% recycled paper of course!) which will be included in your gift. Add an extra personal touch to your present by including your own personal message – we will hand write this in the card if you select this option at checkout. We also now offer the option of our gorgeous LittleLeaf boxes to send your present in style! The slim Classic gift box comes with green tissue paper (made from recycled materials) and ribbon (that can be reused) and costs £8.50. For larger gifts, our Luxury Gift Box (also 100% recycled) costs £12.50. Both gift boxes can be combined with a card and handwritten message of your choice and include postage costs.
You also have the option of ‘wrapping’ your LittleLeaf gift, whether bedding or babywear, in our lovely organic cotton canvas shoulder bag. This is handwoven on a loom, so helping to keep these traditional crafts alive, and is priced at just £15. An innovative, useful and planet-friendly way to give an ethical gift!
We will pack and post you LittleLeaf parcel to you by Royal Mail (and for some heavier items, by courier). Postage and packing is just £1, whatever you buy and with no minimum order! Your parcel should arrive in 2-3 working days.
We hope you’ll love your LittleLeaf goodies, but sometimes you may have to send something back.
Not to worry, you may return any product ordered from our website within 30 days of delivery. The item must be in its original packaging, with all labels attached, unworn, unwashed and undamaged.
Before returning any item, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will get back to you. You can request either a refund or an exchange.
Returns for reasons other than a manufacturing defect will be arranged using the original payment method and all postage costs will be at the customer’s expense. If, however, your product arrived in a damaged or faulty state, email us the exact details and we will refund postage costs as well in this case.
Please note that we are not responsible for the goods until they have been received by us, so we strongly recommend that you obtain a tracking number for your parcel when you return it to us via the Post Office. Unfortunately, items lost in transit will not be treated as returned items.