When I first started the sourcing for Q for Quinn, it shocked me how hard it was to find good organic socks. I wanted socks I knew would be safe and gentle for my son (who also suffered from eczema) and also very importantly was gentle on our planet. I knew, there were a lot of chemicals in baby clothing and socks but I could never have imagined that 90% of socks in the market would be considered “unsafe.” This study was conducted in Europe and studied European retail outlets. I have often held European retail outlets at a much higher quality and safety standards than North American ones, which makes this discovery even more astonishing. I’m not sure when there will be a similar study conducted for socks in the North American market but all I can do is become more conscious of what and where we buy and share our knowledge with our customers and supporters.
Acronyms often have a way of sounding important but intimidating (at least to me). In my quest to manufacture the best possible children’s socks in the market, I encountered so many acronyms in apparel manufacturing. It was overwhelming at first, but after some research it quickly became clear to me which certifications or acronyms were truly relevant and which were not. This would have never happened if I hadn’t decided to venture into the world of apparel (or sock) manufacturing and I’d like to think that I am a reasonably "educated" consumer. As a result, it is only fitting that I start Q for Quinn’s blog with clarification on what GOTS certified means.Continue reading