Material organic..but what about the dyes?
As I was searching for organic toys a thought occurred to me... While the material used to make these products may be organic, what about the dyes used to give color them? I wanted to invest in all sorts of organic cloth toys (teethers, stacker. Etc) but would really like to know what's usd to dye these materials...
From the Dandelion website: What kind of dyes do you use? We use fiber reactive dyes. Fiber reactive dyes are also called “Low-Impact” dyes, due to the low-impact on the environment. Currently, there are 3 choices for coloring fabrics: natural dyes, low impact dyes, or no dye at all (and then, well, everything would be plain ☹) Unfortunately, natural dyes will fade and leach. They require chemicals called mordants, which can contain heavy metals, to set the dye to the fabric. The use of natural dyes requires a large volume of the dye, requires a vast amount of water to flush the excess dye out of the fabric, and creates the additional problem of what to do with all the toxic rinse water. Dandelion, like most users of organic fabrics, chooses low-impact dyes. They have a significantly higher dye absorption rate (70-80%), which means less rinsing and much less dye runoff in the water: hence, a “lower impact” on the environment. Low-impact dyes typically have no heavy metals and don’t require mordants. We believe low-impact dyes, while not a perfect solution, are the best option currently available. Read more: http://www.dandelionforbaby.com/Pages/Learn/FAQ/FAQ.html#ixzz21bbkMPbR