Baby Wit prints exclusively on U.S.-made, non sweatshop cotton clothing produced by American Apparel, A.S. Tees and Alternative Apparel. Baby Wit is constantly researching alternatives for baby and youth apparel production, as I am eager to be working with 100% sweatshop-free manufacturers. Many of my shirts are made from organic cotton and are noted as such.
I try and purchase the products I don't make myself from local manufacturers. These products tend to be handmade by one or two person shops like myself. I do offer products produced overseas and they are noted as such. I hope that by 2013 to be carrying exclusively US made products. Most overseas products are shoes as apparently making shoes in the USA is impossible. Also, many of our licensed rock products are made overseas. This is because the companies that are granted licenses tend to be much larger and also tend to focus on the bottom line rather than the impact on our environment and our local communities. I am slowly trying to move away from licensed products. As my stock sells out on these items I will not be replentishing them. I feel that there are tons of other websites carrying these same rock shirts anyway. I hope you think of my website as a destination for US made goods.
I use only Fiber Reactive Procion Dyes to hand-dye my garments.
After meeting with representatives from the Portland Office of Sustainable Development and the Department of Environmental Quality, Baby Wit has reduced our environmental impact by bundling my shirts with re-purposed Kraft paper bands from JAE in place of zip-lock bags. I also try and reuse any box that comes through my doors instead of sending it to the recyling heap so your goods may show up at your doorstep in a repurposed box.
Baby Wit has received the Blue Works Business award from the City of Portland Office of Sustainable Development—which means I've made a commitment to recycling, waste prevention, and buying recycled products. This was facilitated by my in-house recycling coordinator in 2004. Kristin is no longer with me but the recycling programs she created do.
Baby Wit has been using biodegradable plastic shipping bags since 2004, an environmentally-friendly innovation that allows me to continually improve our sustainable practices while maintaining the Baby Wit quality you know and love.
Almost all my promotional material is printed on recycled paper using vegetable inks.
Baby Wit also purchases 100% of its electricity from renewable sources through Green Source at PGE.
Check out my sustainable line called Light and Gravity. All pieces are made from sustainable fabrics including organic cotton, soy, bamboo and PET. I print using non-toxic water-based inks and all my pieces are designed with the cradle to cradle production method in mind. I do my best to employ notions that are natural including coconut buttons and ties in place of zippers and velcro and my all-in-one Yankers snapless outfits for infants that make changing a breeze.