Organic Cotton vs Bamboo for Bedding, PJs and Towels… Say what?!

Organic Cotton vs Bamboo for Bedding, PJs and Towels… Say what?!

We’re all about creating hand-crafted, unique items for your bub -- you’ve seen our quilts, crib sheets and of course, our brand new pajama sets and loungewear. In this edition of our blog, we’re sharing more about our organic swaddles, pure cotton bedding and our use of bamboo fabric… which is part of an upcoming super secret product launch!

Malabar Baby: Our collection of brightly-coloured and beautifully-patterned swaddles

What makes our cotton so great?

Our gorgeously-printed swaddles are made with soft, organic cotton. The threads are certified by the Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS), which means it contains a minimum of 95% organic fibres. But what does that actually mean? Put simply, the cotton threads are grown without pesticides and insecticides, in healthy soil and using safe peroxides. And THAT’S what we use in our items.

Our quilts are hypoallergenic and breathable. They have a natural cotton filling (cotton batting), keeping your tot warm in the winter and cool in the summer. It’s just like having a natural, built-in thermostat. That's exactly why we've chosen to use Indian home-grown cotton, instead of any heaty polyester. 

Malabar Baby uses high-quality bamboo for some of its products

What’s the deal with bamboo fabric?

Bamboo is way more absorbent than organic cotton, about 40% more absorbent. It helps to wick moisture -- or draw out and away the moisture -- from your skin faster, keeping you dry and comfortable.

Ultimately, bamboo is a better renewable resource, as it grows much faster than cotton, and needs only ⅓ of the water to grow compared to cotton. It’s got a smaller environmental impact during the cultivation stages. However, it only remains sustainable if manufactured under the right conditions with limited use of chemicals. We use bamboo in certain select products, which we think have a lasting, positive effect on the environment… we're truly trying to do our best to keep things sustainable at Malabar Baby.

Fun Fact:

Bamboo fabric supposedly has antibacterial and antifungal properties, too. It’s not quite been proven, but allegedly, the bamboo kun (smack in the middle of the bamboo fibres) have antibacterial, anti-fungal and odour-resistant properties. All of this makes bamboo the perfect material to use for our super secret product, launching very soon… Can you guess what it is?

Malabar Baby: The dyes used are free from chemicals

Lastly, what makes our dyes awesome?

It’s simple: our beautiful and gorgeous prints are made without harmful pigments in our dyes, known as azo-free dyes. So you’ll know that whether you’re wrapping your little one up in a swaddle after bath time or tucking them to bed with a quilt, your munchkin won’t be breathing in or coming into contact with any harmful chemicals. And to get even more technical, the technique in which we print helps keeps our products soft to the touch- never stiff or scratchy.

Phew! And there’s more on the technical side of our products at Malabar Baby. Hopefully, we’ve managed to break it down easily enough for you to make a more informed decision when choosing the best products for your little one!

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