Quality & safety for your children
Information on our raw materials
What is the difference between organic cotton and conventional cotton? Let us explain how kikadu’s products are finished and why the cultivation of organic cotton is a very elaborate process.
From seed to social aspects, here is an overview:
No genetically modified seed is used in the production of organic cotton. Since up to 95% of all crops in India are processed with genetically modified seeds, our producers participate in the organic farming programs to secure the future of organic cotton.
The social aspect
The aim in organic farming is to allow small farmers to work autonomously. Due to less dependency on other entities (such as sellers of seed, fertilizer or pest control), the pressure and risk of overindebtedness is minimized.
Weed as a challenge
Instead of herbicides for weed killing, our organic farmers use traditional methods without chemicals and without CO2 emissions. Whether in laborious manual work or mechanically chopped with oxen, weed control must be monitored constantly to prevent future yield losses.
Fertilizing the cotton plant
In conventional cultivation, fields are frequently over-fertilized with chemically produced "urea", which can lead to salinization and siltation as well as to long-term soil infertility. We at kikadu exclusively use organic cotton. The advantage for nature: Soil fertility is maintained by organic cultivation and the soil can absorb and store more water, which can minimize temporary flooding or drought better than the conventional cultivation methods.
Mixed cultures as a success factor
In organic farming it is recommended to adhere to a certain crop rotation, such as the three-field system, where cotton, soy and wheat are cultivated. Mixed cultures with pulses are also possible. The advantages: Diseases and pests spread less and pulses can fix nitrogen from the air and pass it on to the cotton plant. In conventional cultivation, mixed cultures are uncommon, since too many pesticides are used for cotton cultivation.
Cotton cultivation is not all that easy. The cotton capsule drill, the white fly, the thrips and the cicada make cultivation more difficult. But there are biological means to prevent pest infestation. It is important to take precautions and use only natural means such as peperoncini, onions, garlic or distracting trapping plants such as maize, which attracts lacewings which in turn eat aphids. With kikadu products, you can be sure that no pesticides have been used and the cultivation only takes place using purely natural methods. Good for people and the environment.
Ecological production methods are becoming more and more important in clothing; after all we put a lot of stress on our bodies daily, without being able to do anything about it.
Fashion for children should be made from skin-friendly materials, as children's skin reacts very sensitively to all types of harmful substances. The cotton used by kikadu is natural, not chemically dyed and thus friendly to your child’s skin and the environment.
We want your child to feel comfortable with kikadu articles. This also includes the fact that the raw materials used are not subjected to any additional stress during further processing. Our basic principle is:
No to pesticides or other residues.
No to harmful dyes, from which heavy metals can dissolve
No to optical brighteners and yes to formaldehyde and glyoxal free Equipment.
We also use nickel free metals for buttons and Zippers.
The EN71 Standard
The European Union's Toy Safety Directive - EN71 - is a set of strict product standards to ensure that all toys sold in the EU meet certain minimum safety Standards.
Product safety is important, but all the more when the products are mainly used by children. Therefore, kikadu toys are always manufactured according to the EN71 directive and of course CE-certified. The following aspects are covered: Mechanical functionality, noise, fire refractoriness, chemical composition, electrical safety, hygiene and radiation. For kikadu, the safety of our children is of utmost importance!
Kikadu supports the cultivation of natural rubber, thus promoting an understanding of sustainability. Read more about natural rubber:
A renewable raw material
We at kikadu use only natural rubber from Sri Lanka. The extraction of liquid rubber (latex) takes place only on trees that are at least between five and eight years old. In order to extract the latex, the plantation workers cut the bark obliquely, approximately to the half of the circumference of the tree. About 20 to 30 grams of latex can be collected per day, and only one third of that is rubber - the rest is predominantly water.
After two days, the bark is cut again in order to extract latex. This process is repeated until the workers are at the foot of the tree. Then they switch to the other side. A rubber tree can grow up to 40 years when carefully treated.
Toys made from natural rubber have the following advantages compared to synthetic petroleum-based rubber:
Natural rubber is a renewable raw material. The extraction process is gentle and ecological, since the harvest takes place by Hand.
Energy expenditure, calculated from the production of the natural rubber and transport, is about 10% compared to that of chemically produced synthetic Latex.
Natural rubber is free from solvents, CFCs and carcinogenic chemical softeners.
Play safely with kikadu
Our toys made of natural rubber have a skin-like feel. Natural rubber also provides no breeding grounds for Germination.
Due to the extreme tensile strength and elasticity, kikadu toys are perfect for babies who already have teeth, because nothing can be bitten off and swallowed.
Our natural rubber star does not only look good, it is also well designed as a teething ring and fascinates small baby Hands.