Avoid unwanted chemical exposure by opting for these organic maternity clothes, which are also made from sustainably grown fabrics.
Even though maternity wear is only useful for a few months before becoming redundant, it is still worthwhile to invest in a few high quality and versatile pieces that will make your pregnancy much more comfortable. Those clothes can then be passed on or donated for further use. Here are some maternity wear companies dedicated to sustainable and ethical production methods.
1. Boob Design
Boob is a Swedish company that has won many awards for its fashion design and product quality and functionality. 82 percent of products are made with sustainable materials such as organic cotton, Lyocell, recycled polyester fleece, and recycled polyamide. 98 percent of production takes place in Europe, with the exception of knitted items made in China. The entire collection is certified 100 percent OEKO-Tex, which means that “garments are free from substances known to be harmful to health.” Boob ships to North America for a flat rate of US$20.
Founded and run by women in Portland, Oregon, Maternitique is dedicated to reducing the number of chemicals to which pregnant women and, consequently, their newborns are exposed. Its website offers maternity wear from brands that “avoid ingredients identified as reproductive toxins (phthalates, for example), carcinogens, or teratogens (substances that cause or contribute to birth defects).” The company ships garments using recycled, reused, and biodegradable packaging.
3. A Pea in the Pod
Although this company sells many conventional maternity clothes, it offers a few items that meet higher ethical standards. Check out the Citizens of Humanity Secret Fit Maternity Jeans that are made in the U.S. For each pair sold, Citizens of Humanity will donate $25 and A Pea in the Pod will donate $15 to a charity called “Every Mother Counts” that works toward ensuring safe pregnancies and deliveries for all women.
4. Figure8 Maternity
This website offers organic cotton bras that are excellent for pregnancy support and nursing. They are made with 91 percent organic cotton and 9 percent spandex, and manufactured in the U.S. Reviewers say that the fabric feels very comfortable and sturdy compared to other nursing bra brands.
5. Mothers En Vogue
Although this company specializes in nursing wear, it has a wide range of maternity options as well. Look for the Eco Collection symbol in order to find items that are made with certified organic cotton and/or bamboo rayon. The rest of MEV’s items, even if they’re not specifically “eco”, are all made with natural fibres, such as cotton, modal, silk, and linen.
6. Bump Covers
This Etsy shop sells maternity t-shirts made from organic cotton and super soft, stretchy bamboo. They are decorated with screen-printing inks and feature quirky, funny designs and messages. (My favourite is the X-ray rib cage with a tiny baby skeleton below it.) They are handmade in New York state.