Soybean clothing – good for baby, good for the planet

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I’ve long been a fan of soy milk — for me and the boys — so my natural curiosity for this bean led me to find out more about Babysoy. To my surprise, this wasn’t a brand of soy formula or baby milk, but a line of clothing made from the leftover pulp from tofu, soymilk and other soy products.

All the pieces in this mix and match range of children’s clothing (newborn to toddler) are made using eco-friendly soybean protein fibre — a natural renewable resource that also feels fabulously soft against the skin. According to the website, soybean fibre is smoother than cashmere and has the same moisture absorption as cotton but with a better moisture transmission, making it more comfortable on the skin.

Babysoy founder Amy launched the range a few years ago after the birth of her first child, when a lifelong friend told her about his discovery of the soy protein fibre. "My son suffers from excema and these pieces are lovely on his skin," adds the US-based designer, who has since seen her business grow with the support of green-parents, trendy boutiques, the odd eco-celebrity and groovy and informative websites like this.

These are cozy, comfy clothes for wrapping up in. I particularly like the boys’ and girls’ playwear (the cargo pants with side pockets are great for curious tots to store bits and bobs), and the essentials range of hats, blankets, socks and bibs would make a great newborn gift at any baby shower.

The line starts at around $4 for socks and booties and is available in Australia via Mudd Kids or direct from Babysoy.

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