More and more of us are starting to realise that the crazy amount of single-use plastic in packaging is unsustainable and is a real threat to our oceans and wildlife in particular. At LittleLeaf, we’ve always thought long and hard about how we package our organic cotton, as we constantly try to make as little impact on the environment as possible. That’s why we’re commited to plastic free packaging.
But we wanted to go one step further, and design some gift packaging that’s really useful in its own right. So we came up with the LittleLeaf organic cotton canvas Shoulder Bag.
The bag is suitable for men or women, and features an extra-wide shoulder strap, which makes it really comfy as it distributes the weight more evenly. It’s also a really useful size, comfortably holding a lever-arch file for example, making it a perfect student gift. It has our signature leaf outline print on the front flap, which we think gives it a cool, understated look!
Packaging at its most useful
Made from GOTS-certified durable canvas, our new shoulder bag is the perfect size to take one of our sumptuously soft bedding sets, but can be filled with whatever LittleLeaf goodies you like. It’s also sold independently – a bargain at just £15! – so can be a gift in itself.
Our gorgeous bedding sets are made up of a duvet cover, fitted sheet and two pillowcases, all in wonderfully soft 300 thread count organic cotton. There are three colours to choose from: pure White, classic Natural, or a beautiful Aquamarine.
It’s In The (Organic Cotton) Bag!
Continuing our plastic-free theme, our sheets and duvet covers are packaged in organic cotton drawstring bags, which can obviously be re-used in all sorts of ways. Lots of customers use them when packing shoes in a suitcase. They’re also very handy to take with you on any plastic-free food shop, to package up fruit or veg or even loose grains or pasta.
All the other packaging in our bedding sets – the hang tag, paper band around the pillowcases and the sticker which seals it – are made from 100% recycled paper and are printed with environmentally-friendly vegetable based ink. The coloured raffia ribbon attaching the hang tag to the sheet and duvet bags is compostable. You see, we’ve really put a lot of thought into this!
Large Luxury Gift Box
If you prefer the classic look of a boxed set for your bedding gift, look no further than our beautiful LittleLeaf large box. You can rest assured that despite its good looks this is, of course, made from 100% recycled card and is fully recyclable.
GOTS certification also means that good working practices have been followed throughout the production process, from field to factory and on to the finished product. This is crucially important to us at LittleLeaf, which is why we only work with GOTS registered factories. GOTS’ social criteria are based on the International Labour Organisation’s 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. Factories registered and certified by GOTS pay fair wages and give workers paid holiday. It’s reassuring and 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. The GOTS logo signifies that the fabric has been made by farms and factories meeting the highest environmental and social standards currently available. 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 sub-standard 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.
The Ethical Choice
All of LittleLeaf’s organic cotton is certified organic by Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) and the UK Soil Association. You can learn more about the many benefits of GOTS Certified Organic Cotton over conventionally manufactured cotton by taking a look at our blog here.
You Can Make a Difference!
When you buy GOTS certified organic cotton, you are doing your bit to support those people who are doing it right, mainly in countries where it’s a lot cheaper and easier to do it wrong. You’ll be supporting farming practices that avoid pesticides, thereby reducing production costs and farming debts. You’ll be doing your bit to help build soil fertility, locking more CO2 into the soil and reducing emissions. The GOTS logo means hazardous chemicals associated with health problems for workers haven’t been used, and it ensures better working conditions through regulated minimum wages, working hours and prohibiting child labour. And you can rest assured that the end product doesn’t contain allergenic, carcinogenic or toxic chemical residues.
If you’d like to learn more about GOTS certified organic cotton then take a look at our blog here.
LittleLeaf is all about ethically produced organic cotton – that’s the only thing we do
In time we hope to expand our range of organic cotton products, but for the moment we’ve launched with babywear and bedding because this seemed a logical place to start – when making the leap to buying organic fabric, you probably would look first to what you put on your baby’s delicate skin, and what you yourself spend a third of your life lying on while asleep.
More Affordable Organic Cotton
The main counter-argument against buying organic cotton is the higher cost – it does cost more to grow cotton more naturally and to ensure fair wages and working conditions. However, first of all, a slightly higher cost is definitely worth it for all the advantages it brings. Secondly, the price will inevitably come down the more demand there is, which in turn will mean more farms and factories will decide to adopt these practices. But at LittleLeaf Organic we’re very aware of the cost issue and are trying to make this premium, beautiful product more affordable. The price of our sheets and pillowcases in particular is very competitive – in fact, we’ve yet to come across any organic cotton sheets and pillowcases of comparable high quality that cost less! So what are you waiting for? Go ahead and treat yourself, your baby or a friend to some beautiful LittleLeaf Organic Cotton and do yourself and the planet a favour!