Natural fibres are simply the best for baby, the touch and warmth they receive from birth should be nourishing and healing and so it's only natural that the clothing and nappies they spend most of their time in should be organic, natural and not chemically treated. The Disana range has the GOTS label meaning that all aspects of the materials and manufacture of the garments meet the highest standard in organic and ethically made textiles.
Our favourite fibres for babies and children are:
Wool is comfortable, healthful and healing. If you think of wool as being heavy and itchy then think again! Merino wool is known to be the finest wool on the market. It has a high warmth to weight ratio making the garments light and an excellent body temperature regulator.
Pure wool can absorb up to a third of its own weight in moisture without feeling damp. Thanks to its lanolin content, the fibre also offers protection from external wetness, with pearls of water forming on its surface. Wool is not electro statically charged, and so its attraction to dirt or odour is minimal. The scales on the surface of the fibres actually repel dirt. Woollen clothing therefore seldom needs to be washed and usually simply airing will suffice.
Merino wool is the perfect fibre for socks. Wool is a protein fibre, and works in harmony with the human body due to its similarity to human hair. In contact with sweat the fibre surface turns to sour pH-values hampering the development of bacteria and funghi. This environment causes the skin to tighten, avoiding blisters even on long hikes. For that reason you should wear woollen socks only for one day, and then air it for two days. It is sufficient to wash socks worn/aired like this every 2 months. Most washing detergents are alkaline and neutralize the above mentioned effect so you should only wash Hirsch wool socks with gentle wool detergents or shampoo, and if possible by hand.
Caring for Wool Garments
Wool is an excellent investment for clothing and when washing is necessary here are my tips
A note about darning. Darning is back. If you haven't tried darning, once you do you'll be actively seeking out garments with holes to darn! Mending is a highly satisfying thing in today's age of disposable clothing. Here are some instructions on darning. Give it a go and be proud of your holes, even darning them in a different colour perhaps.
Although cotton is a natural fibre, its cultivation is often problematic and involves high usage of water and agricultural chemicals. The use of organic cotton ensures that soil fertility and biodiversity is enhanced due to the diversified cultivation and the non-use of GMOs. As a consequence, the health of the farmer is improved and their risk of being contaminated by hazardous chemicals minimized. Water is not polluted by chemicals and therefore aquatic life is maintained and unharmed by cotton production. The used water is recycled and dyestuff is removed so unnecessary pollution is avoided. Since skin can 'breathe' and absorb what is placed on the body, the natural purity of organic cotton from farming and processing greatly reduces the impact of the harmful chemicals being exposed to the child's skin.
In the Disana Nappy Set, organic cotton is used whenever high fluid absorbency is required - namely in nappies and liners. Once absorbed, the fluid is quickly distributed over the whole fabric. A knitted organic cotton nappy with a weight of 85g can therefore absorb and contain up to 100ml of fluid. Thanks to its chemical composition as a carbohydrate fibre, cotton is resistant to heat, mechanical pressure and many chemicals. It can therefore easily be machine washed at 95°C. A hot iron will increase the volume of the cotton and leave it feeling softer and fluffier.
Pima cotton grown in Peru is the world's finest cotton, prized for its exceptional durability, softness and brilliant lustre. Thanks to ideal growing conditions and naturally rich volcanic soil it has an extra-long staple length and requires less fertiliser than commercial cotton making it more environmentally sound. Careful hand harvesting of Peruvian Pima Cotton results in a brilliant shade of white that is perfect for dyeing without the need for bleaching. The extra long fibres makes the cotton softer, more absorbent and stronger meaning garments hold their shape and last longer.
Raw Silk (aka Organic Silk) is created without the use of any chemicals or treatments using insecticides, pesticides or synthetic fertilisers. The silkworms are allowed to live out their full lives and die naturally.
Raw Silk can absorb up to 30% of its own weight in fluid without feeling damp.
Raw silk contains many antimicrobial materials. The healing and anti-inflammatory properties of these antimicrobial materials is also effective on human skin. Silk also feels pleasantly smooth and cool to wear.
Disana's Raw Silk Nappy Liner is very effective if your baby is susceptible to nappy rash. Placed directly on baby‘s skin, the healing properties of raw silk work quickly and any redness is soon cleared up without any use of powder or cream.
Silk is sensitive to high temperatures and will shrink if washed in too hot water. Silk articles should be treated with care.