Kee-Ka - Small Change Organic Long Sleeve Kimono With Fold-Over Mittens Turquoise/Green Stripe 0-3 Months
Super Soft, 100% certified organic cotton in fun, stylish colors at an affordable price. Now, that's change! what small change will you make?
Organic L/S Kimono:
- super-soft 100% certified organic cotton
- eco-friendly,low-impact dyes
- kimono style opening with fold-over mittens to avoid scratching
- lap neck for easy dressing
- rib fabric for great fit and stretch
- machine washable and dryable
Frequently Asked Questions
What is special about your packaging?
Their signature trademarked little brown boxes are made from recycled paper and are designed so you can easily mail a Kee-Ka gift to your favorite baby: The box lid has flaps that you pull out, moisten and seal to the bottom of the box. Then you simply address the box, add stamps and drop it in the mail! They even tell you the amount of postage you will need to mail one in the USA. Their special parcels have won a number of design awards and they hope that they make your gifting a little easier.
Where does your cotton come from?
They source their organic cotton in Turkey and India.
Where are your products made?
Most of their products are made in Northern Israel (with the cotton coming from Turkey). Certain products such as their hooded towels and bedding are made in India.
Who makes your products?
In India their products are made by a cooperative of farmers. The cooperative is certified fair-trade. In Israel, their products are made by a great team of minority women that are paid fair-wage.
What am I supporting when buying Kee-Ka?
In addition to supporting sustainable and environmentally friendly production associated with buying organic cotton, you're also supporting a cooperative of farmers in India, a group of minority women in Northern Israel that sew their product, and an amazing team in Brooklyn that work very hard to design, develop, and deliver your Kee-Ka experience.
Under what working conditions are your products made?
In both Israel and India their products are made under fair-trade and fair-wage conditions. This means that the employees who make their products are treated and paid fairly. This also includes healthy working conditions and respect.
What is Fair-Trade?
Fair trade is a trading partnership, based on dialogue, transparency and respect, which seeks greater equity in international trade. It contributes to sustainable development by offering better trading conditions to, and securing the rights of, marginalized producers and workers. Fair trade organizations are engaged actively in supporting producers, awareness raising and in campaigning for changes in the rules and practice of conventional international trade.
What is organic cotton?
Organic cotton starts with organic farming practices, which use seeds that haven't been genetically modified or treated with pesticides. Pest control is accomplished through the use of natural predators and other natural practices. From growth through harvest, the process is monitored according to a set of Organic Growing Standards adopted by governmental bodies.
Why is organic cotton better for the environment?
Cotton crops comprise less than 3% of the world's agriculture, but use 25% of the world's insecticides. It takes about one third of a pound of these chemicals to produce enough cotton for one t-shirt. Seven of the most common pesticides used on cotton are "known, probable, or likely" to be human carcinogens according to the EPA, and are also thought to cause, among other health risks, birth defects and nervous system disorders.
Pesticides impact the soil, water and air that they all share. Regardless of where cotton is grown, the pesticides used often find their way into the human food chain. For example, cottonseed oil is used in processed foods, and beef and dairy cows are fed cotton straw and other cotton waste. Many food crops are often grown in rotation with cotton.
Is the dyeing process harmful to the environment?
According to experts, conventional clothing dyes can cause a wide variety of health problems for people with chemical sensitivities. It is often the dye fixative used to bond the dye color to the fabric that causes the most problems. Toxic chemicals sometimes found in the dyeing process include, Dioxin, Formaldehyde, and heavy metals such as chrome, copper, and zinc. These chemicals are absorbed through the skin.
Toxic chemicals from dyes also create severe environmental damage. Large amounts of water are required to flush conventional synthetic dyes from garments. Theoretically, this waste water must be treated to remove the heavy metals and other toxic chemicals before it can be returned to water systems, sewers, and rivers; however this does not always happen.
How can dyed organic cotton be certified?
In order for products to meet organic certification, only low-impact fiber-reactive dyes may be used. Fiber-reactive dyes are synthetic dyes that chemically bond directly to the clothing fiber molecules. The fixation or absorption rate of low-impact dyes is at least 70%, creating less waste-water runoff and therefore a lower impact on the environment. Recent advances have created fiber-reactive dyes with colors that are brighter and richer, and they provide excellent colorfast properties. They contain no heavy metals or other known toxic substances, and they meet all European Union criteria for being an eco-friendly pigment.
Is organic cotton softer and more durable?
Since organic cotton plants aren't bombarded with toxic chemicals they tend to produce longer fibers, which yield stronger yarn and more durable fabrics. Pesticide-free long cotton fiber also feels softer, more breathable and luxurious against the skin.
Where can I find more information about organic cotton?
The Organic Exchange (www.organicexchange.org) is a good place to start learning about the cotton production choices that are available, and the key environmental, economic, and social issues associated with different methods of producing cotton.
About Kee-Ka Organics
Kee-Ka (a name inspired by the sweet babbling of infants) strives to deliver expressive, eco-chic apparel and gifts for the littlest and most significant people in your life. Born in Brooklyn, New York they've applied their signature designs and packaging to a growing range of lifestyle products, bringing only the softest organic cotton in contact with the sensitive skin of the children (and soon pets) you love.
They believe in protecting the future of the world that our children will inherit. This means crafting fashionable products in socially and ecologically responsible ways: using 100% certified organic cotton and low-impact dyes, as well as working with Fair Trade and Fair Wage suppliers around the world. Their products are packaged in award-winning, ready-to-mail gift box made from recycled paper. A Kee-Ka gift is especially meaningful because it is bundled with the best intentions.
Their dedication to the community does not stop with their environmentally friendly manufacturing and packaging. Kee-Ka has a history of giving back through product donations and in 2007 Kee-Ka and St. Jude Children's Research Hospital will team up to create a collection of organic cotton products featuring the artwork of young patients with cancer and other life-threatening illnesses.
Kee-Ka's adorable designs and convenient packaging have earned us a following among eco- and style-conscious consumers in the hippest places on earth and have even been spotted on HBO's Sex in the City. Their products can be found in select stores around the world and online at www.kee-ka.com.