Frequently Asked Questions
Why Go Organic?
Better For You
We all take pleasure in the natural world around us, but going organic isn’t all about tree hugging or sandal wearing. Organic cotton is a premium, long-lasting fabric that feels beautifully soft on your skin. When you choose to buy organic you are indulging yourself (or your baby) with a top quality, luxuriously soft fabric. It’s the exact opposite of wearing a do-gooder’s hair shirt!
Better for those who grow and sew it
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.
Better for the Planet
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 uses a whopping 91% less water to grow and process than ordinary, non-organic cotton. It also 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.”
To top all this, the majority of LittleLeaf Organic products are made in a Fair Trade registered, wholly solar powered factory!
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. Beware of inferior certifications! We are proud that LittleLeaf is registered by GOTS and the UK Soil Association, since it means that the highest standards have been met right through EVERY stage of production, back to the farm where it has been grown. Read more about this here, in the Soil Association’s GOTS campaign: http://www.cottonedon.org/FAQS.
Where is LittleLeaf organic cotton made?
Who Made My Cotton?
Our organic cotton is grown in India. It’s designed by us and manufactured by our partners there, in a GOTS and Fair Trade registered, solar-powered factory. Head over to our blog if you’d like to know more: Who Made My Cotton?
LittleLeaf as a Gift
If you are buying LittleLeaf for a lucky friend, take advantage of our gift wrapping service. For an extra £2.95 (and some of our gifts already include wrapping), we will hand-wrap your present in our specially designed recyclable wrapping paper and use beautifully coloured raffia ribbon, which is fully compostable. We will include a hand-written greetings card, so if you would like your own special message written there, please type this in the box provided at checkout.
Alternatively, if you are choosing to give a large sheet, perhaps with a couple of pillowcases too, or grouping together a number of our baby items, why not opt for one of our gorgeous LittleLeaf gift boxes? We’ve put together some gift bundles to inspire you. See our “Gift Ideas” pages for more information.
LittleLeaf organic cotton products make gorgeous gifts. Our luxurious bedding sets would be a perfect house-warming/engagement/wedding gift, for example. Or group together three or four baby items for a special newborn baby. Our gorgeous LittleLeaf gift box allows you to put together a few items of your choice, beautifully wrapped in tissue and ribbon (all environmentally-friendly, of course!), which makes the perfect present to take to a Baby Shower, or for an office colleague leaving to go on maternity or paternity leave. Take a look at our gift ideas for him, her, babies and couples for inspiration.
Sizing for Babywear
Our baby clothes are generously cut, so to get the best fit for your baby, please refer to the size guides for baby grows and bodysuits below.
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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
Our sheets are generously sized, including an allowance for any shrinkage (natural for cotton) after the first wash. Each sheet comes neatly packaged in its own organic cotton drawstring bag.
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 30cm deep, or “Extra Deep” if it measures between 30-36cm 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.
Eco & Sustainable
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 and attached with a cotton loop, not a plastic tie. 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 are buying LittleLeaf as a gift, we will beautifully gift wrap your parcel and add a card with your own message for an extra £2.95 (although some of our gifts include this in the price). 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.
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. Or you can choose one of our gorgeous LittleLeaf gift boxes to send your present in style! The gift box option also includes a card and handwritten message of your choice.
You also have the option of ‘wrapping’ your LittleLeaf gift, whether bedding or babywear, in our lovely organic cotton canvas shoulder bag, priced at just £15. An innovative, useful and planet-friendly way to give an ethical gift!
We will pack and post your LittleLeaf parcel to you by Royal Mail second class delivery (and for some heavier items, by courier). Our standard post and packing charge is £1.95 for lighter items, with heavier items charged at £2.95. Your parcel should arrive in 2-3 working days. If you would like it sooner, we have a range of faster delivery options, from First Class to courier, and these can be chosen at checkout. For overseas delivery, we charge £7.50 for Ireland, £9.99 for Europe and £20 for the rest of the world.
Returning Your LittleLeaf Goods
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 email@example.com 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.