Essence of using HandBlock prints

The two types of block printing famous in Rajasthan are- Sanganeri and Bagru. Hand block printing is a lengthy process but totally worth it. Hand block prints are not only fashionable but they also last long, not leaving a fading print. The colours are fast and stay longer. Hand block prints are made by imprinting a design using a carved piece of wood. Despite of availability of modern techniques, hand block prints have made an impeccable place for themselves in the world of fashion. HandBlock prints beautifully capture the essence of traditional India and make us feel close to our roots. HandBlock printing is classified as a cottage or small-scale industry and thus wearing Hand Block prints also help to give back to the community and artisans and thus help in keeping the traditions alive. They come in a plethora of vibrant shades and designs.

We at NeedyBee mostly use HandBlock fabrics which are AzoFree.

Keeping our clothes chemical-free

Dyes have a long history and constitute a key component in our daily lives. The dye industry began by using natural plant and insect sources, and then rapidly turned to synthetic manufacturing processes. Unfortunately, several of the synthetic dyes, especially azo dyes, have been found to be toxic and mutagenic, and are banned throughout the world. However, because of their low cost and other desirable properties, the use and manufacture of azo dyes continues even today. If a product has not been made using these compounds, it is called azo free. Most of the clothing in the market is produced with synthetic dyes and is treated with toxic chemicals to provide wrinkle resistance, stain resistance, fade resistance, static cling resistance, etc. In fact, that “new” smell in clothing usually indicates chemicals–and if the smell lingers after a washing, the chemicals haven’t been banished.

We at NeedyBee have been working with Printing artisans who specialize in AzoFree HandBlock printing. We take care to ensure that our products are made with chemical-free fabrics so they are safe for your child. This is a small step in creating a safer future and a better planet for our children.

Using Natural Fabrics

We want to offer products which are made from Natural and pure fabrics so that our children wear healthy and stay happier!  We make clothing made with at least 95% if not 100% natural fiber. Natural fiber clothing is made from natural materials that have been used to make clothing for thousands of years. Natural fibers include:

  •  Cotton
  • Linen (made from flax)
  • Khadi
  • Silk
  • Wool
  • Cashmere
  • Hemp
  • Jute

Synthetic fabrics could be considered plastic fabric. In a process called polymerization, chemically-derived fibers are joined together to create fabric. It requires a numerous chemicals and solvents to create any type of synthetic fabric. Common synthetic fabrics include polyester, rayon, modal, spandex and nylon.

 Natural fiber clothing is less toxic than synthetic fiber. Natural fiber clothing is more sustainable. Because natural fibers are plant materials, they decompose quickly. Because synthetic fibers are essentially plastic, they are not quickly biodegradable.

Our products will hold up over the years – being passed down from sibling to sibling. Our clothes will always be your child’s favorite to wear because they are breathable, soft and comfortable.

Certified Organic

When we sell a product as Certified Organic – it is that! Our Certified organic baby products carry a GOTS certification that the product is made from 100% organic cotton fabric. Buying organic cotton garments greatly reduces the likelihood that you are exposing your baby to endocrine disruptors and carcinogens Organic cotton is grown without the use of toxic pesticides, fertilizers and GMO’s that are proven to harm the environment, farmers, producers and the consumer.

According to the World Health Organization up to 20,000 deaths each year are caused by pesticide poisoning in developing countries during the manufacturing process. Pesticides cause a range of health concerns 

Zero-Wastage, Recycling & Upcycling

Zero-Waste concept is a new way of thinking. Our products are designed to create zero-wastage and every left-over piece is recycled to make the carry bags for your garment and accessory purchase. We choose to invest in solidly-made clothing that will last for years, not months. It may cost you slightly more upfront, but the environmental benefit will span a lifetime.

Fashion is the second most polluting industry after the oil industry. Fabric waste in landfills take hundreds of years to biodegrade and emits toxins into the environment in the process. In our fast changing, “whats the latest” in your face marketing fashion brands it becomes hard not to fall into the trap of buying more and more.

NeedyBee is a conscious kids brand that follows the zero-wastage principle. All the left-over fabrics from cutting is recycled to make carry bags for the storage of the garment. Besides that, we also upcycle these leftover fabrics to make accessories which are matching with the garments like Hair Accessories, Handkerchiefs, Ties, BowTies for Baby Boys, Baby Girls Jewelry and more.

We also source Fabric deemed unusable by large manufacturers and upcycle those stock lot garments or left over fabrics into new pieces of clothing or accessories. Recycling is a far more economical and quicker way of repurposing readily available, perfectly useable but discarded material.

Our stationery products are made from recycled paper and recycled fabrics, which combines tiny scraps of fabric, paper left from our office and pattern making, and natural glue.