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Eco-luxury Infant Clothes Competition Features Amanda Searancke for NUI Organics™

Organic New Zealand Merino wool is truly the finest and purest wool in the world. The characteristics of wool alone make it a natural wonder. It insulates, is incredibly warm in winter, cool in the summer, and breathes. Every climate can appreciate wool.

Wool is the most hydrophilic of all fibers and wicks away excess moisture, drying quickly. It’s a natural fire retardant that can resist flame without chemical treatment and wool is a renewable resource that regrows on the sheep after shearing. It is biodegradable and kinder to the environment than oil-based synthetics that contribute to global pollution. Wool is durable, remarkably elastic for growing children, and is free of dust mites.Nui Organics™ utilizes Merino wool for baby apparel that is 100% certified organic from farm right through production. Garments are made in New Zealand without harmful chemicals or dyes to harm a baby’s sensitive new skin. The colors of cream, silver and cocoa are entirely natural from the Merino.

Certification is from BioGro, New Zealand’s leading organic certification agency, dedicated since 1983. Because New Zealand Merino is already super-soft, there are no conditioners added. I loved learning that the wool is stored with herbs to deter moths.

Designer Amanda Searancke explains that in Maori, the native language of New Zealand, ‘nui’ means big or important. Hence the name Nui Organics™. She believes a clean start is a big thing for a little one.

Amanda further explains that nothing is added to their organic wool. That means no conditioners or chemical moth proofing. These pictures display the quality of Amanda’s designs, attention to detail, and with rich natural colors.

I encourage all readers to submit a vote on behalf of Amanda Searancke as the Best Eco-luxury Infant Clothes Designer. Chic Eco contest votes are welcome until September.

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Written by Delia Montgomery

I am Delia, d/b/a Chic Eco on, and established myself as an eco fashion guru by learning "who makes what in the world of environmental fashion and design."

Enjoy reading some of my freelance writing about environmental design, fashion and art -- from both consumer and supplier perspectives. You may notice I focus most on individual eco designers, movers and shakers.

From sustainable fashion apparel to paint and flooring, discoveries are a rush. I get my kicks this way. I also offer sales representation of earth-friendly designed products for wholesale buyers. Retailers may take advantage of my services with factory-direct pricing. Spend less time sourcing and prevent green-washed purchases!

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I'm originally a Kentucky Blue Grass gal who relocated to Maui early 2006 and the tropical Puna District of Big Island, Hawaii late 2007. Walk the talk is my motto here.

Early 2009 I constructed a yurt home office in a semi-urban setting on a tiny lot. My water comes from the sky, contained in a catchment that's not likely to dry in this rain forest. The electric is designed for solar conversion. I grow about 30% of my food organically, compost, and recycle to the hilt. Permaculture with a full eco system is my gardening style.

In fact, gardening is my ultimate joy. I seek gigs like design, weeding and planting between other jobs. My love is Hawai'i which has more climate zones than any state. There are frequent earthquakes here, typically under a 3.0 magnitude, and I happen to dig the vibrations. It's a wonderful simple life in paradise. As I grow older and wiser, I become more and more grateful.

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