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Made with 100% GOTS organic clothing kids, these adorable, cozy baby boys leggings are as soft as they are cute! Featuring quirky prints, with elastic waist and ankle for maximum comfort.
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Child labour in the textile supply chain
Where, why and what can be done
Around 260 million children are in employment around the world, according to the International Labour Organisation (pdf). Of them, the ILO estimates that 170 million are engaged in child labour, defined by the UN as “work for which the child is either too young – work done below the required minimum age – or work which, because of its detrimental nature or conditions, is altogether considered unacceptable for children and is prohibited”.
Child labour is forbidden by law in most countries but continues to be rife in some of the poorest parts of the world.
“The ILO estimates that 170 million are engaged in child labour, with many making textiles and garments to satisfy the demand of consumers in Europe, the US, and beyond”
The situation is improving. ILO estimates suggest child labour declined by 30% between 2000 and 2012, but still 11% of the world’s children are in situations that deprive them of their right to go to school without interference from work.
Many of these child labourers work within the fashion supply chain, making the textiles and garments to satisfy the demand of consumers in Europe, the US, and beyond.
Why does it exist?
Fast fashion has engendered a race to the bottom, pushing companies to find ever-cheaper sources of labour. That cheap labour is freely available in many of the countries where textile and garment production takes place.
Sofie Ovaa, global campaign coordinator of Stop Child Labour, says: “There are many girls in countries like India and Bangladesh, who are willing to work for very low prices and are easily brought into these industries under false promises of earning decent wages.”
A recent report by the Centre for Research on Multinational Corporations (SOMO), and the India Committee of the Netherlands (ICN) revealed that recruiters in southern India convince parents in impoverished rural areas to send their daughters to spinning mills with promises of a well-paid job, comfortable accommodation, three nutritious meals a day and opportunities for training and schooling, as well as a lump sum payment at the end of three years. Their field research shows that “in reality, they are working under appalling conditions that amount to modern day slavery and the worst forms of child labour”.
Child labour is a particular issue for fashion because much of the supply chain requires low-skilled labour and some tasks are even better suited to children than adults. In cotton picking, employers prefer to hire children for their small fingers, which do not damage the crop.
Children are seen as obedient workers who slip under the radar, making them easy to manage. Ovaa says: “There is no supervision or social control mechanisms, no unions that can help them to bargain for better working conditions. These are very low-skilled workers without a voice, so they are easy targets.”
Employers get away with it because the fashion supply chain is hugely complex and it is hard for companies to control every stage of production. That makes it possible to employ children without big brands and consumers ever finding out.
Where is it happening?
The countries highlighted above were identified by SOMO as particularly notorious for child labour in the textile and garment industry
Children work at all stages of the supply chain in the fashion industry: from the production of cotton seeds in Benin, harvesting in Uzbekistan, yarn spinning in India, right through to the different phases of putting garments together in factories across Bangladesh.
In the cotton industry, children are employed to transfer pollen from one plant to another. They are subjected to long working hours, exposure to pesticides and they are often paid below the minimum wage. In developing countries where cotton is one of the main crops, children are enlisted to help harvest the delicate crop and reports suggest (pdf) they work long hours sowing cotton in the spring, followed by weeding through the summer months.
“An estimated 170 million children are engaged in child labour, or 11% of the global population of children, according to the International Labour Organisation”
At the next step of the chain, in the yarn and spinning mills, child labour is rampant. The SOMO report (pdf) found that 60% of workers at the mills it investigated in India were under-18 when they started working there; the youngest workers were 15 when they joined.
Children also work in the “cut-make-trim” stage, when clothes are put together. SOMO says: “In garment factories, children perform diverse and often arduous tasks such as dyeing, sewing buttons, cutting and trimming threads, folding, moving and packing garments. In small workshops and home sites, children are put to work on intricate tasks such as embroidering, sequinning and smocking (making pleats).”
What are the challenges?
One of the biggest challenges in tackling child labour in the fashion supply chain is the complex supply chain for each garment. Even when brands have strict guidelines in place for suppliers, work often gets sub-contracted to other factories that the buyer may not even know about.
Ovaa says: “Companies that sell their products in Europe and the US have no clue where the organic cotton clothing come from. Maybe they know their first supplier and there are codes of conduct in place, but further down the chain in the lower tiers it is very difficult to understand where the cotton comes from.”
Tackling child labour is further complicated by the fact it is just a symptom of larger problems. Where there is extreme poverty, there will be children willing to work cheaply and susceptible to being tricked into dangerous or badly paid work.
Lotte Schuurman at the Fair Wear Foundation says if parents have no education they will end up in low-paid work; their children will be forced to work, they will miss out on their education, and they too will end up in low-paid work as adults. “You need to get out of that vicious circle of poverty to decline child labour,” she says.
What can businesses do?
Schuurman says there are practical steps that companies can take to rid their supply chains of child labour. “Brands can start off by creating a supply register. Fashion brands normally have 200 or more suppliers. You should start by knowing who your manufacturers are and visiting them.” On these visits, she says brand representatives must watch out for signs the factory is sub-contracting; they should be concerned, if the factory does not have enough workers for the amount of t-shirts it produces.
Companies can also address their purchasing practices, which can make working conditions worse. Schuurman says: “To meet tight deadlines or unanticipated orders, factories may sub-contract without informing the buying companies. Sometimes that is enforced by the brand; it puts too much pressure on the factory.” Companies can adjust their purchasing practices to lighten the load and ensure the factories they have inspected fulfil their orders, she says.
It is also important to make workers aware of their rights so they know where to file a complaint. “Although most clothing brands don’t own their own factories, they do have a lot of influence. We want to work with brands that want to work with their factories,” says Schuurman.
Yay, She’s Had The Baby!
Apologies for not being around recently but we’ve had one heck of a couple of weeks!
My oldest daughter Helena had just finished decorating the baby’s nursery when the midwife came to the house and said they’d probably induce her around 37 weeks because of her high blood pressure. However after numerous weeks of going to and from the maternity unit, her waters broke in the middle of the night at 34 weeks pregnant. By the time they examined her she was already 8 cms dilated and the hypnobirthing techniques she learned helped her do the whole labour without any pain relief!
Whilst all the hard work was being done in the labour ward at Aberdeen Maternity Hospital, we were just starting the drive from Cardiff to Aberdeen! A long 11 hour haul but boy was it worth it.
Baby Dylan James rushed into the world on July 10th, 6 weeks early. The tiny little mite was rushed off to Special Care Baby Unit at the same time as Helena was rushed to theatre haemorrhaging. No time to pop the baby onto Mum’s chest, no time for a lazy first nuzzle at the breast. No time to wrap baby Dylan in his gorgeous new baby swaddle blanket, which was still tucked away in the unopened ‘hospital bag’ along with his sweet organic babygrow; It was a very worrying day for Dad Mik who spent the day going between the SCBU and Helena in the Recovery Ward. Helena wasn’t even allowed to see the baby until the evening as she was so poorly and had lost so much blood.
Dylan needed help with his breathing in the incubator and he needed a feeding tube with glucose too, Babies born so young haven’t got the suck/swallow/breathe reflex right so breastfeeding Dylan has taken a while to get established. He falls asleep after a few sucks so Helena has been expressing her milk too and he’s been getting some of it the lazy way, through a tube.Breastfeeding expert Sharon Trotter has given Helena some excellent advice on breastfeeding a premature baby. She’s also an expert in baby skincare and is the reason why Helena feels so passionately about buying organic cotton baby clothes!
This morning’s update on WhatsApp said he’d put on 40g and fed well all night. He’s been moved out of the ‘hot cot’ into a normal cot and is in a parents’ room in the SCBU. The hospital has been simply amazing and have a special room for the parents and baby to sleep while they get used to the transition between hospital and home. It reassures the parents and means the medical staff can teach mum and dad what to do in the event of an emergency. Once all parties are happy with the situation, then the baby is usually discharged.
Helena has been through a tough 18 months but I don’t think I’ve ever seen her so happy. Welcome to the world Baby Dylan and here’s to a happy life for this new family!
If you do not own a pair of leggings baby boy then you are missing out on so much and you do not even know it! You see leggings baby boy can be worn so many ways and for so many different reasons. I am very sure that just in looking at them that you can think of a couple of nice and comfy ways to wear them, like lounging around your living room on the weekend or even as pajamas! There are many more ways to wear leggings baby boy than just for laying around though.
If you work out at home, go to a gym, or if you’re a jogger then you will really enjoy a good pair of cotton baby girl leggings! They will help keep you warm in the winter and are thin enough to keep your cool in the summer too. If you’re active there is nothing better than a nice pair of leggings baby boy to add to your wardrobe.
So now that you know that leggings baby boy are great for lounging and for working out what else can you do with them? Well, the possibilities are truly endless! Leggings baby boy can be worn under just about anything and for just about any reason under the sun. You see you can wear them under skirts, dresses, shorts, long shirts, and long sweaters and well, I am sure that you can think of even more ways to wear them.
Not only do they keep your legs a bit more covered but they are very comfortable and they come in so many different colours that there will be something for everyone and for every occasion. The most common colour that you will find leggings baby boy in is black and that’s because they will go with just about anything that you have but there are many other colours too. If you are planning to wear a skirt or a dress of some sort but you might be worried that you will have to do something that’s not really lady like then you will love wearing leggings baby boy because it will keep the things that you do not want to be seen from being seen! Getting a pair of leggings baby boy will be a great investment and a great addition to your collection of clothing and that will make baby boy leggings uk a great buy for you or a great gift for someone else.
With the transformation of the diaper products to choose from, you confuse what is best for your baby. Bamboo is a brand with several options, depending on the size of the known baby’s age and activity level. Two of the company’s choices are swaddle baby and Cruisers. Both diapers feature Bamboo’s dry max technology with a comfortable fit, but they are used in various stages of growth of your baby.
Bamboo swaddle baby sensitive diapers are soft and hypo-allergenic, the best care of your baby’s sensitive skin. The color change wetness indicator (for sizes newborn, 1, 2) let you know, when you need to change your baby, to help keep your baby’s skin dry.
Bamboo swaddle a baby diapers offer “grow-with-me “fit with the super-soft adjustable elastic overlapping fasteners. Swaddle baby has the absorb away liner that keeps the wetness and runny mess away from baby’s sensitive skin.
Bamboo swaddle baby – a great diaper that grows as your infant does, this product elements an additional this design and adjustable straps for a very cozy fit. The tabs are very stretchy, which offers a more snug in good shape as your baby grows. They contain an aloe additive for epidermis protection, tremendous absorbent core for the best leak protection and are very soft.
A newborn baby needs extra softness and protection. Bamboo swaddle baby diapers are 2x drier than Huggies Little Snugglers, to help lock in wetness better. Exclusive dry max technology help keep your baby’s skin dry, while the Swaddle quilted design cradles your infant’s skin in blanket-like softness. Give your baby the familiar comfort and premium protection exclusively from Bamboo baby swaddling.
Bamboo swaddle baby comes in sizes most appropriate for babies up to 22 lbs. They come in six sizes: PI, XS, N, 1, 2 and 3. The two smallest sizes are for premature or very small babies of less than 6 lbs., while “N” is for newborns and has a special notch cut out to allow the umbilical cord to heal. Pampers Cruisers are for larger babies ranging from 16 to 41 lbs. and over. Cruisers’ sizes are 3 to 7.
The first birthday is in a lot of ways the most difficult milestone birthday to shop for in regards to a gift. The recipient can’t tell us what they want. The parents shrug and if they say anything at all it will be “oh, just clothes will be fine”. True, clothes would be appropriate and acceptable, but if that would be the gift you wanted to give you would have no need to read this article.
However, if you like going for something with a little style; if you like the look everyone gives when you hit a homerun in return gifts giving. This may be may be one that gets some oohs and aahs for you.
If you have ever been involved in making a time capsule, the concept of this birthday return gifts will not be new to you. First thing you will need is a gift basket of sorts. This can be a plastic or rubber storage tub with a cover or a real gift basket. You will need some type of clear sealable bags. You can also just use a gift bag if you want and the parents can figure out how to best store the items but if you want it to last till the child is an adult you may want to figure out some type of storage system in advance.
The first item you will probably want to put in there is a newspaper from the day they were born. This should not be too difficult if you go to your local newspaper office. If you have thought far enough ahead and you want to you can start a year ahead of time, on the day of birth.
You could record the local news, weather and sports on the day of birth and burn it to a DVD or just a VHS tape. Of course the problem here is longevity, because you want the media to last the child into adulthood.
A magazine or two along the lines of Time or Newsweek is a great addition. You may like to throw in some of the pop culture magazines as well. TV Guide, Rolling Stone, People and US are great choices. Sports Illustrated and Women’s World are good ideas too.
You can record one network’s primetime lineup on the day of birth, so that when the child gets older they can see what was popular they were born.
The digital revolution has given us another way to give something from day of the child’s birth. Walmart and several other websites offer downloads of individual songs. You can make a custom CD of the top 5 or 10 songs that week.
The best thing about this gift is that you can spend as much or as little as you want and it can be extremely fun to put together. Pictures of everything the child may wonder about from the day are inexpensive additions.
There are dozens more items you can come up with for this special day. The main thing is to build a time capsule of memories and have fun.
Swaddling blankets are always soft to the touch and gentle against the skin, these cotton muslin blankets are ideal for swaddling and more. Made from 100% cotton muslin, these swaddling blankets are breathable to help reduce the risk of overheating, and their generous size makes swaddling easy. It’s also great for use as a stroller cover, nursing cover, burp cloth and more. Four blankets included which measure 44″ x 44.”
I love these blankets very much; normally I am skeptical of something as simple as this thin cotton that is priced so high. However, we searched all over for a cheaper option and couldn’t find it. All the receiving blankets we’d purchased or received were far too small for our swaddling babies! He would easily wiggle his way out of them. We used a SwaddleMe with the Velcro attachment for a while, but he outgrew this by two months. We needed something lightweight for summertime swaddling, and these really were the only blankets we could find.
I’m very glad we did find Swaddling blankets – we love these! The designs are simple and not tacky. The fabric is soft and breathable, but woven, and capable of a tight baby swaddle. The fabric is cut and sewn well – it doesn’t come out of the washer or dryer stretched or misshapen. It’s large, and also absorbent – not that you’d first reach for something this lovely to clean up a baby mess, but sometimes you just grab the closest thing you can, and these do the trick very well.
Biederlack B0796 Goal Throw Blanket – 50 X 60 Inch – Pink
Biederlack B0796 Goal Throw Blanket – 50 X 60 Inch – Pink Wrap yourself in cozy warmth with this beautiful cover and super soft throw. Quality is soft and durable washing machine and dryer for easy cleaning Large 50 by 60 inches size Use like throwing a blanket or get into the car ideal for picnic lunches and dorm rooms.
Hotel 21 Mercerized 100% Egyptian Cotton Blanket
Hotel 21 Mercerized 100% Egyptian cotton baby swaddling Blanket Hotel 21 mercerized 100% cotton cover is made from Egyptian combed by his son, offering softness and shine. Art fabric construction gives greater strength to this long-term action. Sage color offers a classic look wonderful with the heat you want. This cover is perfect for use at any time of year. Full / Queen Cover 90 “x 90″.
Fabric store is as comfortable in the cold as it is in the heat. While warm, silk allows air flow and feels like nothing more than a second skin. In the cold, heat can be maintained close to the skin without feeling overbearing. It does this while perfectly maintaining a moisture balance; silk actively wicks, absorbs and evaporates perspiration. For anyone who’s worn polyester on a hot day, the same cannot be said for synthetics. fabric store is a natural fiber, and like human hair, no two strands accept dye in exactly the same way.
Before a textile is even made, the differences between fabric store and polyester Fabric Store Brooklyn are astounding. Silk is mainly a substance called fibroin, a flexible structure similar to cellulose Polyester, on the other hand, is a plastic with many possible compositions. While the synthetic may edge out a win when it comes to maintaining color or stretching while wet; silk dominates most other challenges.
There are even yard sales that take place often where they have put up fabrics for sales, hence, it is a good idea to keep your eyes on the newspapers to see if anything like that is coming up shortly. When you’re out bargain hunting, do remember that patience is an important virtue that will enable you to ultimately get what you want. Often they do put up sales of such items and that makes the right place for you to get your discounts. In fact, you can also try your luck with some of the large and popular Fabric Store Brooklyn NY stores. These online stores have very low overheads and hence can afford to sell fabrics at much lower prices and even give out coupons to redeem when you purchase. There are also a number of fabric stores that have put up a special sale, or an end of season sale, that’s another fine occasion for you to rummage through what they have on offer to grab a discount fabric. Often one can find Brooklyn Fabric that were a part of the inventory during the festive season being offloaded six months or so later at a very attractive discount, that’s the place to look for good fabrics for your craft projects. Even there are times, when the fabric store in your neighborhood is getting ready to take in new stock; they will put up the old stock on sale at a very attractive price.