Under the Nile is a North American company that has been producing the softest and most durable cotton clothes, toys and other essentials for babies since 1998. All of their products are made from 100% handpicked organic Egyptian cotton, without the use of pesticides or chemicals throughout the entire production process.
Under the Nile believe that the families that produce their product are as important as the families that purchase them. They provide work, education and health care to help impoverished communities to become self-sustaining.
So you can buy some fantastic toys and clothes knowing that they have been produced in an ethically and environmentally sound way. It is pretty amazing the quality that results when all the cotton is hand picked and processed without chemicals. Every toy is extra special having been hand made.
How is the color for your dyes made? The dyeing of our yarn and material is done with heavy metal-free colors, which do not contain any harmful chemicals, and are in accordance with the Global Organic Textile standard. Our dyes do not contain PVC (Poly Vinyl Chloride). PVC is a hazardous chemical used in the conventional dyeing process that has been proved to cause kidney failure, developmental delays, and even hearing loss in children. Our aim during the dyeing process is to use only such agents and methods that are environmentally sound and, at the same time, ensure the highest quality standard.
Why is organic cotton softer then conventional cotton? In order to get the very soft feel of our material, the cotton yarn is handled with great care during the knitting or weaving process. All auxiliaries used must either be recyclable or be biodegradable to at least 90%. For example, for the weaving process only natural starch is used.
Do you use bleach to get the white color? No, we do not use bleach. Sometimes the cotton harvest of a particular year is more on the yellow side. To achieve our white colorwe use a natural whitening process, which uses hydrogen peroxide.
Do you use chemical finishings on the fabrics? No, we do not use chemical finishings on our fabrics. One of the most dangerous chemicals found in the finishing of conventional fabrics is Formaldehyde. This is a chemical gas used in the finishing of conventional cotton fabrics. Babies and children are very sensitive to this chemical, and having it on the clothes they wear can cause skin rashes, coughing, and flue like symptoms.
Do you use flame retardant on your products? No, we do not use flame retardant on any of our products. All of our long johns meet Federal Safety Commission requirements for sleep wear and are made to fit snugly to ensure safety.
What are your snaps made of? Our snaps are made of nickel-free copper, according to OEKO-TEX standard 100.