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Noni Bee Spring Summer 19 | Organic Dresses, Tee Shirts, Leggings, Skirts, Shorts

Noni Bee Spring Summer 19 | Organic Dresses, Tee Shirts, Leggings, Skirts, Shorts

Spring Summer 19 from Noni Bee is our favorite collection yet! "Just Add water"

Comfortable wearable styles in the softest organic pima cotton fabric-- it is honestly the softest jersey we have ever touched!

Featuring sea unicorns, jellyfish, octopi and mermaid scales--in amazing candy colors!  

 Our fabric comes from Peruvian fabric manufacturer Bergman Rivera-- a GOTS certified manufacturer who's commitment to fair trade and organic production aligns perfectly with our ideals at Noni Bee.

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Noni Bee Autumn Winter 18 | Organic Dresses, Sweatshirts, Leggings

Noni Bee Autumn Winter 18 | Organic Dresses, Sweatshirts, Leggings

None Bee's Autumn Winter 2018 collection is called "On the Road."  With Guitars, Keys, Road lines, and compasses in muted candy colors-- this line is the perfect pick for adventure. Produced ethically in the US from organic cotton-- this collection is colorful, eco friendly, and modern with a hint of vintage flair! The bell bottoms and bell sleeved dresses are definitely our favorites this season!

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Natural Nursery | Natural and Organic Products for Baby

Natural Nursery | Natural and Organic Products for Baby

Of course organic clothing is important, but lets go down the rabbit hole of other natural baby products that will keep your nursery free of toxins. 

1. Mattress:  Mattresses are the worst of chemical offenders in our rooms and our kid's rooms-- after all we spend a good deal of our lives asleep! Some say that is the most important thing to buy organic, to avoid VOCs, flame retardants, and a litteny of toxic chemicals.  We went with Naturepedic, but there are definitely lots of options out there these days.

2. Crib/ Changing Table: The best bet here is to go with something solid wood that has a non toxic water based no VOC finish.  We went with Stokke for our crib this round and we are thrilled.  Best of all it concerts to a toddler bed when she is ready!!  We also bought a changing table from Oeuf that doubles as a dresser. 

3. Mattress Pad:  I feel like this one is hard because most pads are made from really gross waterproof materials-- PVC is probably the last thing I wanted close to my babies. As it turns out, the Naturepedic mattresses we choose has a nontoxic water proof coating.  If you go with a mattress that needs some protection, they also sell waterproof mattress covers that are PVC, latex, and flame retardant free.

4. Bassinet: So this one is definitely not essential, but nice to have around in the beginning.  We bought ours from Design Dua and I cant say enough nice things about their products.  We still use it for storage in the baby's room even though she is sadly too big for it now.  Not only is this company fair trade, but they use super high quality materials that are safe for babe.

5. Rug:  So for this one we jumped on the washable rug bandwagon and bought a Lorena Canals Rug.  Great decision.  It is made from 100% cotton and nontoxic dyes-- and is the easiest thing in the world to clean.

6. Mobile: This is one of our favorite things in the nursery. A wool hand felted mobile from Petit Felts. It comes from a local artisan, but can be custom ordered.  I would suggest checking out her etsy account-- she has the cutest mobiles I have ever seen.  Major bonus-- they are made from wood, wool, and cotton.

7. Sheets and Swaddles:  I absolutely love the organic cotton muslin swaddles by Little Unicorn.  They large and super versatile.  Long gone are the days that organic means boring and cream colored-- you have endless options when it comes to organic sheets.  We went with this adorable crib sheet from Rylee and Cru-- major plus, it's now on sale!

1. Design Dua. Billa Bassinet  // 2. Petit Felt- Bunny Mobile // 3. Rylee and Cru, Organic Crib Sheet // 4. Stokke Home Crib //5. Lorena Canal Naador Rug

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The Dirtiest and The Cleanest Produce- When is Organic Important?

The Dirtiest and The Cleanest Produce- When is Organic Important?

 

Organic and ethically produced clothing is not the only thing we care about at Noni Bee.  Buying organic food for ourselves and our children can have a profound and positive affect on not only our health but on our environment.  Though I'm sure that we would all love to buy organic all of the time, the expense can be considerable and it isn't always viable option.  I made a cheat sheet from the most up to date lists of the dirtiest and cleanest produce items (from the Environmental Working Group) that you can buy at the market.  The "clean 15" are usually fine to buy non organic.  The "dirty dozen" are the worst offenders in terms of pesticides and other harmful chemicals.  According to the Environmental Working Group, by buying these items organic you can cut your pesticide exposure by as much as 80 percent!!  Sounds totally worth it to me!

Here is the link to the full list of "dirty" and "clean" listed by the EWG.  The worst offender on the "dirty" list..... the strawberry!  Childhood favorite and overall crowd pleaser, most conventionally grown strawberries contain a cocktail of seven to eight different pesticides!  Not to mention the toxic gasses that farmers will use to sterilize their fields before planting-- killing every living thing in the soil (good and bad). Yuck and Yuck!  On the "clean" list, avocados and sweet corn were the at the top of the list. Yum and Yum.

 

 

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Why Is Organic Important to Noni Bee?

Why Is Organic Important to Noni Bee?

Why buy organic children’s clothing?  

To us at Noni Bee the organic question is one of global ethics.  Producing garments with organic cotton is much more expensive than with its conventional counterpart (especially when you are a stickler for ethical manufacturing)— but for us it was never a question of price but of social responsibility. 

Many brands will tell you that organic cotton is a safer choice for your child (if your child is extremely chemically sensitive this might very well be true)— but in truth most of the pesticides used in cotton growth are washed out during the processing of the fiber.  So while these harmful chemicals may not be directly affecting your childs health, they are certainly affecting the environment and the farmers involved in the crops cultivation.

Conventionally grown cotton is known by many to be the world's dirtiest crop. Cotton production accounts for over ten percent of the world’s insecticide use and 25 percent of pesticide use.  It is estimated that a staggering 800 million pounds of pesticides are used in US cotton production yearly. 

Clothing made using organic cotton supports sustainable farming practices, and helps to reduce soil contamination from pesticides and insecticides.  According to the Organic Trade Association, "Organic production systems replenish and maintain soil fertility, reduce the use of toxic and persistent pesticides and fertilizers, and build biologically diverse agriculture.”

Organic cotton represents less than 0.1 percent of all the cotton produced worldwide, and at Noni Bee we are proud to be part of this small percentage of ethical manufacturers.  

The other important thing to bear in mind when looking at clothing is what lies on the surface.  Dyes and inks can also be made from extremely harmful chemicals— many of which are listed as carcinogens, hormone disruptors, and blood contaminants (scary stuff).  At Noni Bee our fabric is dyed with fiber reactive dyes (free from azos and heavy metals) and printed with water based inks (free from lead and phthalates).  We also have our fabrics tested by a 3rd party lab to make sure that we are CPSIA complaint.

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On the Road with Noni Bee | Our Spring Summer 2018 Collection

On the Road with Noni Bee | Our Spring Summer 2018 Collection

Noni Bee is excited to introduce our Autumn/ Winter line "On the Road." Brighten your fall with candy colored fabrics and unexpected prints like guitars, antique keys, and road lines.  

With vintage design elements like bell sleeves and bell bottoms, this lighthearted collection is sure to put a smile on the face of mama and mini.  And of course you can expect to find original hand drawn prints, high quality organic cotton, and ethical US manufacturing--duh!

 

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