Plymouth mother creates toxic-free clothing line

PLYMOUTH, Minn- A Twin Cities mother wants to see changes in the way clothing is labeled.

Concern for her daughter already led her to start her own line of clothing for newborns to 2-year-olds.

Pooja Songar says the clothes she dressed her daughter in, Sarah, may have contained toxic chemicals.

"I was really excited to be a mom and wanted to buy the best wonderful clothes. She started struggling with skin rashes," Songar said. "As a first-time mom it was really concerning for me so we went to the doctor."

But her daughter's misery, and lots of research, led to an organic clothing line called Cutie Bees. While trying figure out what was causing Sarah's skin irritation, the Plymouth mom discovered most clothes contain chemicals like formaldehyde and pesticides.

"It was the harmful chemicals in the baby clothing that was irritating her skin," she said.

Songar said her product line consists of non-toxic, 100 percent certified organic clothing for newborns to 2-year-olds. It's sold online now, but will be available in a Minneapolis clothing stores next year.

Last year, a KARE 11 investigation revealed two of the 18 clothing items tested for toxic chemicals exceeded the standard of 20 parts per million. Researchers said skin rashes are the greatest risk from clothes containing formaldehyde. Songar said her line contains non-toxic, 100 percent certified organic clothing for newborns to 2-year-olds.

Minnesota came close to passing the Toxic Free Kids Act this year.

The move would have required manufacturer reporting on children's products containing nine toxic chemicals identified by the Minnesota Department of Health as especially harmful to children.

Songar said she will continue to warn mothers about the dangers hiding in their children's clothes and provide an alternative.


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