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Why buy organic cotton?

Posted on June 19, 2014 by Rebecca Hendry

 

 

Not too long ago, people who bought organic food were considered to be on the fringes of mainstream society. Aside from small pockets of farmers and hippie bank-to-the-landers, most people just didn’t think too much about where their food came from or what might be sprayed on it.

 

These days, the general public is very aware that buying organic means you’re getting a healthier product and causing less harm to our environment. Almost every grocery store has fresh, organic produce and packaged organic foods in the aisle. There are entire stores and restaurants devoted to offering only the healthiest foods.

 

Chemical-free household cleaners are now becoming the norm as well, and most of the major traditional brands even have a “green” version. It only makes sense that we’re going to be healthier if we aren’t spraying chemicals directly on our counters or mopping our floors with them.

 

But what about organic clothes? Does buying organic cotton really make a difference?

 

Absolutely.

 

The sad truth is, non-organic cotton crops use more insecticides than any other crop in the world. In most countries, cotton is still hand-picked, which puts all those exposed workers at risk of becoming ill. The water supply of the town or village can also become contaminated, which affects everyone who lives there.

 

According to the World Health Organization, up to 20,000 people die each year from pesticide poisoning in developing countries. And in the US, more than 10,000 farmers die each year from cancers related to these chemicals.

 

When we buy clothing made of conventional cotton, we are contributing to the problem. And shockingly, less than one percent of all cotton grown is organic.

 

Non-organic cotton can have negative effects on our own health as well. Some people can develop skin rashes and even headaches and dizziness from the toxic residue in the clothing.

 

As we become more and more aware of the negative impacts we are having on the environment, it’s important for us to think about these factors when it comes to our decisions as a consumer:  

  

  1. Is this product good for my family?
  2. Is it good for the people who made the product?
  3. Is it good for the environment?

 

The high cost of cheap

 

It’s true that conventional cotton clothing is cheaper. Just like a fast-food cheeseburger is cheaper than one made of organic beef, or a plastic baby toy from the dollar store is cheaper than a hand-crafted wooden toy.

 

Many of us are struggling financially, and some people think that organic is fine for people who have the luxury of affording it. But there are different ways of thinking about this. We live in a society where people often have closets full of cheap clothes and shoes. What if, instead of having five cheap, non-organic sweaters that won’t last, we have one or two excellent-quality sweaters that were hand-knit with organic cotton and will last for years?

 

Better for the workers, better for the environment, and better for us.:)

 

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Women who matter to Miou

Posted on May 30, 2014 by Rebecca Hendry

Uros women waiting for their guests to arrive on one of the floating islands, Lake Titicaca, Peru

Miou is dedicated to providing ethical and lovingly made products to families around the world. This could not be achieved without the hard work of our skilled Peruvian knitters. Balance and a harmonious working environment are important to Miou. We are given the gift of the knitters’ fine craftsmanship and they are given opportunities they might not have without this partnership.

 

Life can be difficult for girls and women in rural Peru. Most do not have the opportunities of women in urban areas, and over 33% or rural Peruvian women are illiterate, compared to roughly 11% of men. Poverty can affect women differently than men because they are often taking care of children and don’t have the same access to employment. Also, violence against women is a serious issue; almost 50% of women in Peru have suffered domestic violence.

 

Miou provides employment to women and pays them a fair living wage, while making the job very child-friendly, as most of the knitters are mothers who also care for their young children. Knitters can work from home so they can still be with their families.

 

When women are paid a fair wage it provides more opportunities for education, as well as boosting feelings of self-worth that can be eroded by poverty and other challenges.

 

Miou is so happy to be able to provide jobs to women while offering the finest quality of hand-knitted clothing to our customers.

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Miou's cotton baby booties are perfect for spring

Posted on May 14, 2014 by Rebecca Hendry

 

Spring is officially here and the days are getting longer and warmer. It's time to shed some layers and put away the heavy winter jackets and snowsuits and go spend some time at the park or on the beach! Miou now offers the perfect springtime booties for your baby's sweet little feet. Lightweight, hand-crocheted organic cotton and available in a lovely choice of colours, these booties are both stylish and practical. Enjoy the sunshine!

 

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Miou gets a shout-out from popular New York blogger

Posted on May 08, 2014 by Rebecca Hendry

 

Joanna Goddard from Cup Of Jo called Miou Kids bonnets “flipping cute” in her April 18th blog. Joanna lives in New York City and has written articles and blogs for Cosmopolitan, Glamour, New York Magazine and Martha Stewart Living, among others. Cup of Jo is a lifestyle blog that offers tips about fashion, relationships, parenting, food and travel and receives close to a million visitors a month. 

 

 

 

 


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Contest results from Mommy Footprint's April Miou Giveaway!

Posted on May 01, 2014 by Rebecca Hendry

 

 

 

Mommy Footprint, together with Miou Kids, recently held a contest to give away an organic cotton tea cardigan and lace bonnet. Congratulations to Monica G, the lucky winner! To find out more about the contest,  click here.  

 

Mommy Footprint is a wonderful and informative website started by Suzanne, a mother of four who is on a quest to provide a safe and eco-friendly childhood for her kids, while sharing her thoughts and discoveries with the rest of the world. She features fascinating articles, personal stories and advice and lots of exciting new products for socially conscious parents.

 

 

 

 

 

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Hello, Sunshine! Miou introduces hand-crocheted sun hats and bonnets

Posted on April 17, 2014 by Rebecca Hendry

 

Spring is officially here, which means our little ones will be playing in the park, in the backyard and at the beach. But as we all know, direct sunlight contains harmful UV rays, which can be particularly dangerous to children and lead to painful sunburns, heat exhaustion and even sunstroke. 

 

Thankfully, there are ways to prevent this from happening, including sunscreen, protective clothing and hats. Miou Kids is happy to announce that we've added hand-crocheted sun hats and bonnets to our new line of knitwear. Now your children can look as sweet as can be while wearing soft and comfortable cotton, and you can have peace of mind knowing their sensitive skin is being protected from the sun's harsh rays.

 

 

 

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Miou's sweet, summery crochet dresses for girls

Posted on April 09, 2014 by Rebecca Hendry

 

There is nothing more lovely than a little girl in a crochet dress. There's a timeless, nostalgic quality to handmade clothing, and some of us were lucky enough to have a grandma or an auntie who made dresses that were passed down through the generations. But quality, stylish crocheted items are hard to come by unless you happen to crochet yourself or know someone who does. Miou is so happy to offer these exquisite, hand-crocheted dresses for your little one, made with love and impeccable craftsmanship.

 

Your child will love the soft, airy feel of crochet, and our feminine, playful spring and summer dresses are made with organic cotton and eco-friendly dyes. We also offer a variety of accessories to help complete the outfits, such as bonnets, sun hats and pants so your child will feel comfortable and look adorable playing outside in that spring sunshine. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Babyccino Kids calls Miou's cotton line "A Breath of Fresh Air."

Posted on April 02, 2014 by Rebecca Hendry

Courtney from Babyccino recently reviewed Miou's new organic cotton line on their blog and gave it some glowing endorsements like this one: "It's so fun to see brands doing their very own thing and making their own mark in the children’s wear world."

 

Thanks, Babyccino! You can check out the whole blog here.

 

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Katie Driscoll: Changing the face of beauty through photography

Posted on March 25, 2014 by Rebecca Hendry

 

We are thrilled that Katie Driscoll did this recent photo shoot for Miou. Katie is a wonderful photographer and mother of four who is also co-founder of Changing the Face of Beauty, an organization that advocates for the inclusion of children and young adults with all abilities into fashion advertising campaigns. You can read about Katie and her family and see more beautiful photographs on her blog.

 

Changing the Face of Beauty was founded by Katie and Steve English out of love for their own family and the community of disabled children and young adults, and they are taking great strides in making their dream a reality. Learn more about this exciting project here.

 

 

 

 

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30 Days of Miou: A photo blog by Shabana Buwalda

Posted on March 12, 2014 by Rebecca Hendry

In September, blogger and fabulous photographer Shabana Buwalda started a cool project on her blog Everything is Maya. The idea was that she would take 30 photos of her beautiful daughter Maya in her natural environment wearing Miou's hand-knit sweaters, bonnets and leggings. She says Maya loves the softness and warmth of Miou's clothing and asks to wear it every day, so it seemed like a natural fit.

 

Here's a quote from Shabana's blog to explain a little more:

"This series is not about pretty pictures or style-points; rather it is about my heartfelt desire to show you just how versatile, beautiful and fantastically practical these clothes are. And that it is absolutely worth the investment because you'll get a lot of use out of them."

 

The results are stunning, and we get to have a glimpse into the busy life of this curious, active and happy child. Here are just a few examples. Make sure you go to the blog to see the whole project!

 

Maya is ready for her outing in her baby alpaca knitted dress and matching bonnet.

 

Thanks, Maya, for being so lovely!

 

Our baby knitted pants are cozy and warm, perfect for cold winter days.

 

Maya loves to have fun in her knitted coat.

 

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