Not only is the design cute, but the soft material and the soft thread we use are functional in that they don't irritate the baby's skin. UNIQLO is proud to introduce the "baby-first" hypoallergenic construction that keeps babies safe and comfortable.
CREW NECK BODY SUIT
These 7 initiatives are the result of our prioritizing safety and comfort for babies. Take a look at our manufacturing process of the Crew Neck Bodysuit, from yarn selection, to sewing and packaging, to global store delivery.
Manufactured only in factories globally recognized for prioritizing security and safety
Ever since introducing our Crew Neck Bodysuit in 2003, UNIQLO has always used factories that clear the High Quality and High Technical Competency global assessment standard as set forth by the MRA (Multilateral Recognition Arrangement) and CNAS (China National Accreditation Service for Conformity Assessment), both attached to the ILAC (International Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation).
What do these pieces of cloths hanging from the ceiling every few yards inside the factory, marked with starting and completion dates, signify?
These are testing cloths for formalin, which is a liquid solution of formaldehyde. Known for its antiseptic and sterilizing features, it has been used for decades in adhesive agents for building materials as well as in shrink-proofing and wrinkle-proofing processes in garment manufacturing. However, due to its skin and membrane-irritating characteristic it can cause rashes and allergies especially in babies, whose skin is more delicate than adults.
UNIQLO does not settle for a harmful benchmark. We have consistently insisted on formalin-free dyes, auxiliary agents, and entire factory environment, as formalin in the air can transfer to other materials.
Such efforts require an immense amount of time. When we first introduced baby products in 2003, it actually took us 3 months to ensure a formalin-free manufacturing environment.
To this day, even after 16 years, we ensure the environment is free of formalin by hanging these testing cloths. When we transport dyed materials to sewing factories, the doors are kept airtight so that formalin does not transfer elsewhere.
Always on the alert for other
allergic substances besides formalin
The factory manufacturing our Crew Neck Bodysuit has achieved Laboratory Accreditation from the CNAS, and our adjoining company laboratory undertakes inspections for external textile companies as well. The dyed materials we use not only are tested for formalin at the chemical laboratory but also have their PH value evaluated and inspected for any adhesion of fluorescent agents and other impure substances under high-powered microscope.
The testing cloths hung inside the factory are first placed in a beaker with water inside and then warmed. When reagent is added to formaldehyde-dissolved water, it turns yellow, and the higher the content rate, the darker yellow the water turns.
100% soft circular
ribbed cotton perfect for little ones
The moisture-absorbing stretchy material we use is perfect for active but delicate-skinned babies. UNIQLO's original stretchy and soft circular ribbed 100% cotton material is made from high-quality yarn and is wash-tested for durability.
Inside the fabric-producing factory, the level of humidity is kept at 72%, and knitting machines are separated by clear covers to keep out lint. In addition to installing air inlets that vacuum up lint, we clean the entire facility repeatedly throughout the day to secure stable production of high-quality circular ribbed cotton.
on the outside
Soft and gentle
on the inside
The secret behind its durability is in binder-finishing the edges (a technique where a separate piece of cloth is inserted) and applying double-stitching of abrasion-resistant threads on the outside. Seams of elastic thread on the inside are flattened for your baby's comfort and color-coded for easy changing.
of care labels
Care labels can irritate a newborn's skin whose stratum corneum (most-outer layer) is only half as thick as an adult's. That's why the care labels on our Crew Neck Bodysuit are placed where they never come in direct contact with the baby's skin.
snaps to prevent
Plastic, hypoallergenic snaps are color-coded for fast and easy changing.
The finished products are inspected thoroughly before packaging. Once packaged in a completely formalin-free factory environment, we make sure they stay unopened until they reach UNIQLO stores around the globe. If a package is ripped or opened, our staff are trained to perform decontamination processes to remove any formaldehyde that may have transferred to the product.
Each and every product is packed with UNIQLO's baby-first methodology to see all babies grow in good health.