Customer support
1 Caring for Fabrics
1.1 How to care for coloured organic apparel?

Machine wash cold only with non-chlorine bleach when needed. Tumble dry low, warm iron when needed.

1.2 Do your dyes affect the environment?

We use only the lowest impact dyes that are available on the market to achieve the required results, conforming to the European standard, Oeko-tex.

1.3 Do your products shrink?

Shrinkage is slightly higher in bamboo clothing than cotton. We give our products an extra wash during the dye process to keep shrinkage within normal standard textile limits. We also build in a very small amount of extra material just for good measure.

1.4 Is it OK to wash bamboo clothing normally? Does it lose its special qualities?

You can wash EBO products with everything else just like cotton - warm water, according to regular washing instructions. Our products can also be ironed without any worries. Bamboo clothing's excellent water absorbency is best retained without the use of softeners.

2 Organic Bamboo Facts & Info
2.1 Organically Grown Assurance

Earth Baby Outfitters uses only source bamboo that is grown organically and the farm holds two organic certifications for the bamboo. One from OCIA International, and one from the US National Organic Program (USDA).

 

2.2 Out of interest, does the garment get dyed after sewing or does the fabric get dyed before sewing the garment? Also, are there different qualities and grades of bamboo, ie: Are some better than others?

Fabric gets dyed as a big long roll 1.5m wide before the cut and sew. And yes, there are different qualities to bamboo. The plant itself – Moso bamboo, which is used for bamboo fabric, is the same used in scaffolding throughout Asia. We are currently looking into viable options for digital print, which is much more expensive than traditional dye methods, but has a lessor environmental impact. Please keep checking back in, for our new products with digital print options. 

2.3 What about the pandas? Are you taking their natural habitats away from them?

In short, no! That wouldn't be very good for an ethical brand, would it.... Our bamboo is planted and grown as a crop, so it's extra on top of what exists naturally. As a general point, it's true that panda habitats have been shrinking over the years with general urban and other land use encroachment, but the Chinese Government is quite earnest in its desire to maintain what's left and the remaining giant bamboo forests are now far better protected. Actually we are in the process of adopting a Panda as we write this. Did you know it costs over $30,000 per year just to feed one Panda in captivity? We will be able to name him (already chosen the name ‘EBO’) and when he becomes of age, have the chance to visit him/her in his/her new home at one of the many sanctioned panda environments around the world. We will be donating partial proceeds from our organic bamboo lines to help with this endeavor.

2.4 Harmful Chemical Free Assurance

The company that produces viscose from bamboo fiber for Earth Baby Outfitters holds an Oeko-Tex Standard 100 certification for their viscose from bamboo fiber. The Oeko Tex 100 Standard is a certification of a product at a given point in the manufacturing process. The certification states that no chemicals harmful to human health, including that of babies, are present in the product at the time of testing. It does not certify that no chemicals were used in the processing nor does it make any evaluation of what processes were used or any evaluation of the facilities that participated. There are other Oeko Tex certifications, such as 1000 and 100+ that certify processes or facilities but Oeko Tex 100 does not.

2.5 Earth Baby Outfitters products meet all CPSIA certification requirements. Certifications are available upon request.

The factory we work with to produce our viscose from bamboo fabric participates in ISO 9000 Quality Management policies and ISO 14000 Environmental Management policies. This signifies an environmental mindfulness that is important to Earth Baby Outfitters. The factory holds an ISO 14001 2004 Environment Management System Attestation and an ISO 9001 2000 Quality System Attestation.

What chemicals are used in the processing of your bamboo fiber and are they hazardous?

One of the main chemicals used in the processing is sodium hydroxide, also known as caustic soda. Caustic soda is one of the most widely used chemicals in the world. It is used in food production, soap making, manufacturing of bio diesel, production of paper, and is used on nearly all cotton fabrics, including some organic cotton, during wet processing. Caustic soda is approved for use on textiles under the Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS). While caustic soda is a strong chemical it poses no serious health hazard if used and disposed of properly. To our knowledge, the company that processes Earth Baby Outfitters, viscose from bamboo fiber uses and disposes of all chemicals with high regards to environmental and worker safety. Our fiber supplier in China has confirmed that the fiber they produce is produced in a 'closed loop' system where 100% of the sodium hydroxide and 74% of the carbon disulphide is recovered and recycled for further use, meaning every effort is made to avoid releasing any chemicals into the environment. This is not to say that there is NO impact from the processing of bamboo fiber, there is certainly an environmental impact. We believe, however, that the total impact is on level with any apparel item that is newly created for purchase, even organic cotton items. Earth Baby Outfitters also actively encourages its suppliers to continue their research and development into new ways to lessen the environmental impact of processing viscose from bamboo fabric.Earth Baby Outfitters uses low impact, fiber reactive dyes. While we believe these dyes to be the most environmentally friendly option that have proven colorfastness and consistency qualities (they are used by most major organic clothing companies and are widely considered the best option), they are not as environmentally friendly as vegetable dyes, which are not known for color fastness. The dyes used in Earth Baby Outfitters apparel pose no health threat to the wearer. Earth Baby Outfitters "Naturally Coloured Cotton" line is completely dye free.

2.6 Is Bamboo fiber "rayon?

Given that rayon is a "cellulose based fiber, yes, it is. It comes from bamboo, which is cellulose based and is considered, "man-made” and "regenerated” because chemicals are used to turn the wood chips into pulp that is then spun into fiber (detailed more above). However, rayon production has changed vastly over the years, and if done properly, we believe rayon, or viscose, from bamboo can be considered a viable Eco-friendly option, even when weighed against organic cotton (which is not necessarily chemical free in its complete production, although it can be). All Earth Baby Outfitters products are labeled in accordance with FTC guidelines.

Bamboo is anti-bacterial. It contains a natural property called bamboo kun that eliminates over two thirds (2/3) of bacteria that attempt to grow on the plant (whether this be in its natural or fabric form).

Earth Baby Outfitters bamboo collection is made of organically grown bamboo. The fiber is Confidence in Textile Oeko-Tex Standard 100 certified.

Bamboo fabric is an Eco-friendly and sustainable fiber, with many desirable properties:

It’s absorbent with excellent wicking ability, making it ideal for use next to the skin - It’s able to retain antibacterial qualities even through multiple washing's - Sustainable and fast growing bamboo plants thrive without pesticides and herbicides - Bamboo fabric keeps baby insulated , cool or warm in any seasonal temperature.

2.7 Because of the processing, should bamboo fiber still be considered "green"?

It is our opinion that it absolutely should. To discount all of the known positives of using bamboo for fabric because certain elements are not 100% Eco-friendly would be as bad of a decision as saying that organic cotton is not green or Eco-friendly because of the amount of water and land used to grow it, or that oil torches may be burned to keep insects away from the crop, or because caustic soda may be used in the processing of viscose. However, the production of viscose from bamboo fiber can and should be improved. Earth Baby Outfitters is committed to using the highest quality and most Eco-friendly product available. Here is some further commonly available information about why bamboo is such an Eco-friendly, sustainable crop.

Bamboo grows naturally without the need for agricultural tending and large diesel tractors to plant seeds and cultivate the soil.

Bamboo is among the fastest growing plants in the world - growing as fast as 47.6 inches in a 24-hour period. Bamboo can be selectively harvested every year after 7 years, compared to 30 to 50 years for trees, and bamboo regenerates without replanting. With a 10-30% annual increase in biomass versus 2-5% for trees, bamboo can yield 20 times more timber than trees on the same area.

Because of its height, bamboo out produces cotton 10:1. In other words, using the material grown from the same amount of space required to produce enough cotton for 10 tee shirts, 100 tee shirts could be made from bamboo.

Bamboo tolerates extremes of drought and drowning, generates 30% more oxygen than trees and is considered a critical element in the balance between oxygen and carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. Because of its wide spread root system and large canopy, bamboo greatly reduces rain runoff and prevents soil erosion. Bamboo helps mitigate water pollution due to its high nitrogen consumption, making it a solution for excess nutrient uptake of waste water from manufacturing, livestock farming and sewage treatment.

Bamboo plantations are large factories for photosynthesis which reduces greenhouse gases. Bamboo plants absorb about 5 times the amount of carbon dioxide (a primary greenhouse gas) and produces about 35% more oxygen than an equivalent stand of trees.

Currently, there are no known genetically modified organisms (GMO) variants of bamboo

Since bamboo grows like grass, sending up new shoots continually and in a sustainable manner, harvesting bamboo is similar to mowing your lawn. Replanting is not necessary as it is with other crops, thereby reducing the carbon footprint even further.

Our bamboo plantations are also pesticide and fertilizer free, as bamboo flourishes on its own, and naturally resists pests. This is a break-through fabric when you consider that conventional cotton uses more insecticides than any other single crop and epitomizes the worst effects of chemically dependent agriculture. The typical spraying application results in volatile organic compounds released into the air and contributing to greenhouse gases. Additionally, such spraying harms the health of the soil and pollutes the ground water, lakes and streams.

2.8 Which certifications do you have for your bamboo viscose?

Our garments are made in a factory which is GOTS (Global Organic Textile Standard) certified and Organic Exchange certified.

Global Organic Textile Standard - http://www.global-standard.org/certification.html

2.9 What part of the bamboo plant is used to generate fibers used in your clothing, and how is it processed?

The Bamboo is crushed and pulped and then its natural cellulose, which contains the bamboo 'kun', is extracted to make fiber. The viscose is regenerated into a fiber that's like cotton in appearance, but much softer. It's then spun into yarn. From the yarn, it's then knitted (or woven now as well) into fabric. A few people have said that's 'cheating' because using bamboo to make a viscose fiber is a man-made, non-natural intervention. That's like inventing a 95% emission free petrol and then getting criticized because it's not 100%!

Part of the processing to fibre is a multi-phase bleaching, using caustic soda. However taken as an overall it's only part of the bamboo story, in terms of all the other benefits, it's a small element in our view. These being, the way bamboo is grown (without fertilizers and pesticides, without the excessive watering needed for cotton, giving a yield that's 10 times that of cotton, per acre, allowing growth on hillsides and other marginal land, etc) Also, there are new developments coming online all the time, for example Modal, which is made in pretty much the same way, is now processed mechanically, so it seems only a matter of a short time before bamboo follows. In fact one company in China is already doing it 100% mechanically, by crushing and pulping so it's happening already (source: eco textile news). It just needs a short while to become widespread. Another process, using ionic liquids has been discovered by a team in Belfast, (source: ETN July 2009) which is super low impact and actually biodegradable. Our view is very strongly that even before these exciting developments, the whole picture of producing this fabric from planting through to the end garment is environmentally far more positive than cotton for example. It's just a question, in terms of impact, of how low we can go and we're looking at new ways all the time.

2.10 Are your products 100% bamboo fiber?

Most of our bamboo products are 95% organic natural bamboo viscose. We then knit about 5% Lycra (elastane) in for a little extra 'give' for moving around and comfort. It's necessary to bring you the best possible product we can, whilst still being overwhelmingly made from bamboo. We do have a few items such as our Hooded Towels, Bibs & Burp Cloths that are double sided and feature a mix of both organic cotton and bamboo, but rest assured, both are certified organic and of only the finest quality.

2.11 Did you know...?
  • Bamboo fiber is the newest most sustainable and most renewable natural fiber on the planet. Its production is 100% ecological.
  • Bamboo culture yields a great quantity of oxygen, which makes it a crucial element in the balance between oxygen and CO2 in our atmosphere.
  •  Increasing the bamboo production all over the world could help reduce greenhouse gases
  • Pandas are not endangered! Organically grown bamboo used in textile production is not the type of bamboo that pandas feed on.
  • Bamboo has built in temperature control. In textile form, bamboo retains many of the properties it has a plant.Bamboo is highly water absorbent, able to take up to three times its weight in water. In bamboo fabric, this translates to an excellent wicking ability that will pull moisture away from the skin so that it can evaporate.This makes it great for both hot and cool climates, bamboo clothing offers built-in temperature control.It traps warm air in its cross-sectional fibers to keep you warm in the winter, while its breathable nature and wicking properties keep moisture at bay for greater comfort in hot times.
2.12 What makes the bamboo fiber so ecological?
  •  It regenerates very quickly 
  •  It grows without pesticides or fertilizers
  •  It produces a 100% biodegradable fiber
2.13 Are the qualities quoted for bamboo clothing just marketing hype or are they for real?

The qualities of bamboo fabric presented on this website have been laboratory proven. The one exception is 'bamboo cool', or thermal regulation, whereby bamboo fabric keeps you unusually warm in the cold and cooler in hot weather. We have not yet found a laboratory test for this. In cold weather the cross sectional structure of the fiber traps warm air. In the heat, the nature of the fabric is to keep you cool, it's highly breathable. One theory is that it retains a little more moisture in its micro structure because it's so absorbent, and this stays cooler in the heat, but that's pure speculation until we find a way of testing it. The increased comfort level has been borne out by anyone who wears clothing made from bamboo viscose. There is one weakness, from a sports performance point of view - when you sweat heavily for a sustained period: It wicks away moisture a different way to the usual wicking fabrics, by absorbing, then evaporating into the air, but if you sweat heavily, under other layers, the evaporation doesn't work as well, so the moisture stays longer. But as a single layer it performs very well in this regard. There is a lot of talk about the antibacterial side of this fabric. In an independent testing lab, the results showed that microbes do not breed on the fabric and so as a result over a period of days and even hours they die without breeding much - unlike on cotton, for example. That's why the fabric is considered antibacterial.

2.14 Is EBO bamboo clothing really UV protective? What does 'UV protective' actually mean?

It's illegal to claim "100% UV protection". The highest rating that's legally allowable by any national government is "UPF 50" ('ultraviolet protection factor'). At this level, a garment blocks at least 97.5% of all harmful rays. Our organic bamboo fabric is about 5 times this level if it's white and over 300 times this level if it is black. The darker the shirt, the more protection is offered. Our lightweight 175gsm fabric is over this level (about 66) if white and if dark, is about 40 times the level (required for UPF50, the highest rating allowable). On this basis we can emphatically say that yes, all of the clothing in our range is UV protective, achieving way beyond the mark required.

 

2.15 What species of bamboo is used for your products? Where is it grown?

The species of bamboo our yarn comes from is Phyllostachys pubescens - Moso bamboo. Bamboo is grown principally in Yunnan Province. Historically, it's most commonly used for construction purposes and edible bamboo shoots.

2.16 Where is your bamboo grown?

Our bamboo is grown in China. As bamboo becomes more popular we hope other countries will begin to grow bamboo specifically for fabrics.

2.17 Beneficial features of bamboo
  •  Protects against harmful UV rays.
  •  Hypoallergenic, even after multiple washings
  •  Naturally Antibacterial
  •  Extra-soft and satiny fabric 
  •  Thermal regulating - absorbs and evaporates sweat, assuring baby's comfort
3 Naturally Coloured Cotton FAQ & Info
3.1 How to care for coloured organic apparel?

Machine wash cold only with non-chlorine bleach when needed. Tumble dry low, warm iron when needed.

3.2 Are your dyes Eco-friendly?

Yes. EBOs' dying processes are Eco-friendly, using only low-impact; AZO-free and heavy metal free dyeing. We offer water based rotary printing and digital screen-printing as well.

 

3.3 How do you choose your designs and prints?

Our signature, iconic prints are unique to the baby industry and make us who we are. Influenced by our own children, stories we hear, scenes we see, or just inspirational colors, there is a meaning behind each of our designs that create the patterns that complement your style and make your babies fall in love with EBO. Our product and development team has been in the fashion industry for many years and bring a wealth of knowledge and experience to the table with each and every Earth Baby Outfitters product.

3.4 What is naturally coloured cotton?

Naturally colored cotton is cotton that has been bred to have colors other than the yellowish off-white typical of modern commercial cotton fibers. Colors grown include red, green and several shades of brown. The cotton's natural color does not fade. Yields are typically lower , but has a softer feel than the more commonly available "white" cotton.

This form of cotton also feels softer to the skin (this statement is subjective) and has a pleasant smell. Naturally Colored Cotton is still relatively rare because it requires specialized harvest techniques and facilities, making it more expensive to harvest than white cotton. By the 1990s most indigenous colored cotton land-races or cultivars grown in Africa, Asia and Central and South America were replaced by all-white, commercial varieties.

The cotton plants are also hardy and naturally resistant to pests, eliminating the need for environmentally damaging pesticides and insecticides. The whole process from planting to growing to spinning to ready made garments uses no dyes, toxic or harmful materials. It is 100% pure and natural. It is the most environmentally green product possible and creates a beautiful, breathable, pure fabric with a soft, delicate feel.

3.5 What are the benefits of Muslin?

Soft and durable: muslin gets better with age. Products woven in the natural fiber of muslin have the ability to withstand countless washes and become softer and better with age.

Breathable and comfortable: safe for baby the open weave and lightweight fabric of muslin helps reduce the risk of baby overheating, while still providing comfort and warmth.

Gentle and strong: ideal for swaddling The delicate, yet durable weave of muslin evokes strechiness and a ‘natural give’ which allows the swaddle to be tucked snugly around baby—without being overly restrictive.

3.6 What are your Compliance and Certifications?

All of our organic cotton apparel is produced according to the Global Organic Textiles Standard (GOTS), the most comprehensive international standard for the handling and manufacture of Organic textiles. The GOTS certification process uses an independent third party certifying agency to ensure the "organic status of textiles, from harvesting of the raw materials, through environmentally and socially responsible manufacturing up to labeling in order to provide a credible assurance to the end consumer." Our certification to this standard ensures that custom and private label finished goods may carry the GOTS seal.

We only work with factories who share our commitment to manufacturing quality products and providing a safe and healthy working environment for all employees. We make sure each factory meets all legal, wage, child labor, overtime, health, safety and environmental standards required by the country of manufacture.

 

3.7 Why does organic cotton feel softer?

Because organic cotton is grown without any chemicals; the fibers of the organic cotton are longer, softer and less brittle, making organic clothes more comfortable to wear.

3.8 Are any of your products treated with flame retardant chemicals?

We do not treat any of our garments with flame retardant chemicals. All of our sleepwear complies with the Health Canada guidelines for products NOT treated with flame retardants. Actually none of our products are treated with ANY harmful chemicals or carcinogens , thus the GOTS and OEKO certifications.

3.9 Bamboo vs. Cotton

Let’s Compare Bamboo and Cotton:

As our world gets greener, bamboo is becoming more and more popular. Because it grows so quickly, bamboo is an easily renewable resource. It requires 1/3 the amount of water to grow that cotton uses and has no natural pests. This means that bamboo can be grown with little to no use of pesticides or herbicides whereas conventional cotton often requires a large amount of pesticides to maintain growth. Bamboo plantations can quite easily be kept organic and replanted every year.  Organic cotton is still another great option for both eco, and quality options but as it is heavily regulated and much more costly to produce bamboo is proving to be the new choice for manufacturers and mommies alike.

Bamboo fabric is very soft, often described as feeling like cashmere or silk. This is because the bamboo fiber itself is naturally round and smooth without any chemical treatments. This means that there are no sharp spurs to irritate the skin and that bamboo can be worn directly next to skin, even with the many people who are allergic to other natural fibers such as hemp or wool. Bamboo fibers are also quite long which means that there is less piling of the fabric than in the cheaper varieties of cotton. The softness and quality of the fabric itself seems to stand up to multiple washings. Many even describe the fabric as getting even softer with each washing!

Another unique quality with bamboo fiber is it’s antibacterial qualities. This unique antibacterial quality is due to an antimicrobial bio-agent called “bamboo kun” which is found naturally in the fiber. This kun makes bamboo a naturally antibacterial, antifungal and odor resistant fiber, through multiple washings. Cotton does not have anything like this. The bamboo kun helps to reduce bacteria that thrive on clothing and human skin. This means that the wearer and the fabric have less bacteria that causes unpleasant odors.

Bamboo also has excellent moisture wicking properties. The textile resembles the plant in this aspect. The bamboo plant is highly water absorbent. It is able to take in up to three times it’s weight in water! The textile retains this ability to some extent, pulling the moisture away from the skin so that it can more easily evaporate. Bamboo fabric also has temperature regulating properties. Meaning that the fabric will help the wearer stay warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer.

From a designer’s and manufacturers perspective, bamboo is also an excellent fabric choice. It is a light, strong fabric that requires less dye than cotton. The color of bamboo fabric as opposed to cotton is also described as much more vivid. The fabric can be used in many ways from being woven to being knit. It drapes very smoothly and because of it’s greener properties is becoming a more popular choice.

In conclusion, bamboo textiles are swiftly coming to the market in many forms — from sheets to socks to just about anything you can think of. The pricing of bamboo may still be slightly higher than some of the better varieties of organic cotton, but demand will hopefully continue to bring the price down. We've heard some concerns about the regulatory process of it’s development in China. Green is the new black and China is definately concerned about its economy, and the world pressure on the enviroment will keep their attention. Even when the bamboo fabric is beyond usefulness, it is completely biodegradable in soil. And the decomposition process doesn’t cause any pollution to the environment! We encourage you to look for bamboo products when shopping the next time and tell us what you think.

3.10 Why choose organic cotton over conventional cotton?

Organic agriculture promotes a safer and healthier environment by reducing the exposure of toxic chemicals used in production of conventional cotton. Organic farming methods improve soil fertility, preserve our environment and protect our air, water, and food supply from harmful chemicals. Conventional cotton is cultivated in a highly toxic process - contaminating groundwater and poisoning the food chain. While it takes approximately one pound of chemicals to grow three pounds of conventional cotton, organic cotton is grown chemical free.

3.11 What does GOTS or Oeko-Tex100 mean?

Global Organic Textile Standard -

 

The Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) is recognized as the world's leading processing standard for textiles made from organic fibers. It defines high-level environmental criteria along the entire organic textiles supply chain and requires compliance with social criteria as well.

OEKO-TEX® Standard 100 - 

The product label "Confidence in textiles – Tested for harmful substances according to OEKO-TEX® Standard 100" is an independent, globally standardized certification system for all types of textiles. Since 1992, it has been providing a guarantee to retailers and consumers that the respective products are free from harmful substances.

4 About Earth Baby Outfitters
4.1 What are your Compliance and Certifications?

All of our organic cotton apparel is produced according to the Global Organic Textiles Standard (GOTS), the most comprehensive international standard for the handling and manufacture of Organic textiles. The GOTS certification process uses an independent third party certifying agency to ensure the "organic status of textiles, from harvesting of the raw materials, through environmentally and socially responsible manufacturing up to labeling in order to provide a credible assurance to the end consumer." Our certification to this standard ensures that custom and private label finished goods may carry the GOTS seal.

We only work with factories who share our commitment to manufacturing quality products and providing a safe and healthy working environment for all employees. We make sure each factory meets all legal, wage, child labor, overtime, health, safety and environmental standards required by the country of manufacture.

4.2 How do you choose your designs and prints?

Our signature, iconic prints are unique to the baby industry and make us who we are. Influenced by our own children, stories we hear, scenes we see, or just inspirational colors, there is a meaning behind each of our designs that create the patterns that complement your style and make your babies fall in love with EBO. Our product and development team has been in the fashion industry for many years and bring a wealth of knowledge and experience to the table with each and every Earth Baby Outfitters product.

4.3 Where can we ship EBO product to?

We ship everywhere in Canada and the Continental United States for a flat rate for retail purchases . Please contact out sales dept. for a quote on International shipping rates and wholesale options. sales@earthbabyoutfitters.com

Do you have “Brick and Mortar” shops?

Currently we do not. We are now selling EBO from over 300 independent outlets in the Americas, Europe and, Asia, and most of our products are available in our Web-store.

www.earthbabyoutfitters.com

4.4 What are your employment ethics & are your products made in China ?

We get asked about this frequently. Most of the "first" world is generally unaware , uneducated, or just don't care? We'll do our best to explain. And yes Earth Baby Outfitters manufactures 90% of its products and packaging in China. The other 10% locally in Vancouver, Canada.

China are the worlds leading manufacturers of clothing and apparel. While there are many countries involved in this industry, China is  considered to have the leading technology and expertise within this field. Much the same as Japan is for robotics, Germany is for steel and Taiwan is for electronics. China are generally considered the leaders apparel industry.Thirty years ago, "Made in Japan" generally meant, mass produced, and cheap, much the same way "Made in China" is perceived today. Today when your buying electronics you look for "Made in Japan" , much the same way when buying clothes and apparel you should look for "Made in China".

India, Vietnam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Pakistan, and Bangladesh to name just a few, have the labour population but not the technology, years of expertise and training. Unfortunately,companies prey on this and take advantage of low labour costs, cheap land, and little or no policing of international labour policies.

 Our founder and CEO, regularly visits our factories and partners and with a wide and long experience of factories and manufacturing, and understands what is required to do things the right way. We make our clothing in China, with minimum wages and excellent working conditions. We do things the right way because we actually want to do things the right way, not to jump through hoops to get this or that certification. This brand was set up specifically to do better and to be more inspiring; it's the whole driving force being what we do. For the record though, here's the facts and figures. Our garment factory exceeds all SA8000 conditions. SA8000 is based on international workplace norms in the International Labour Organization (ILO) conventions and the UN's Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the Convention on Rights of the Child. Its charter is summarized here:

  1. Child Labour: No workers under the age of 15; minimum lowered to 14 for countries operating under the ILO Convention 138 developing-country exception; remediation of any child found to be working
  2. Forced Labour: No forced labour, including prison or debt bondage labour; no lodging of deposits or identity papers by employers or outside recruiters
  3. Health and Safety: Provide a safe and healthy work environment; take steps to prevent injuries; regular health and safety worker training; system to detect threats to health and safety; access to bathrooms and potable water
  4. Freedom of Association and Right to Collective Bargaining: Respect the right to form and join trade unions and bargain collectively; where law prohibits these freedoms, facilitate parallel means of association and bargaining
  5. Discrimination: No discrimination based on race, caste, origin, religion, disability, gender, sexual orientation, union or political affiliation, or age; no sexual harassment
  6. Discipline: No corporal punishment, mental or physical coercion or verbal abuse
  7. Working Hours: Comply with the applicable law but, in any event, no more than 48 hours per week with at least one day off for every seven day period; voluntary overtime paid at a premium rate and not to exceed 12 hours per week on a regular basis; overtime may be mandatory if part of a collective bargaining agreement.
  8. Compensation: Wages paid for a standard work week must meet the legal and industry standards and be sufficient to meet the basic need of workers and their families; no disciplinary deductions.
  9. Management Systems: Facilities seeking to gain and maintain certification must go beyond simple compliance to integrate the standard into their management systems and practices.

We hope all of your questions been fully answered to your satisfaction? If not, please e-mail us via our 'contact us' page and we will try to reply as quickly as possible.

4.5 We've heard you own and operate your factories? Is this true?

Yes its true. We currently own and operate 2 factories in Asia and manufacture not only for EBO, but for some of the worlds most recognized companies and name brands. This gives us the ability to be at the forefront of both quality control and production times. This is a huge advantage for Earth Baby Outfitters, as we can produce our line ensuring the best quality, but at a more affordable price to our independent retailers in which they can pass on to you, our customers.We have over 70 years combined experience in this area working directly with Earth Baby Outfitters.

4.6 How long have you been in business?

Earth Baby Outfitters Inc., launched in September of 2014. Our CEO and product development manager, Sharon Thomson, gained her inspiration after the birth of her second son, Jaxon. Setting out to create an all-natural, organic, and Eco-friendly line of baby apparel and accessories, she used her 20+ years of fashion industry experience to source, design, and manufacture, as well as using only the best fabrics and materials available. While EBO is relatively new as a brand, and we appreciate the love and support we've had along the way, we are not new to the industry and have 3 generations of experience in design and manufacturing behind us. This has helped to catapult EBO to the forefront of ethical, Eco-friendly, and organic apparel and accessories within the juvenile apparel sector. 

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