When we think of being more conscientious with our shopping habits, ethical children’s clothing is probably not the first thing to come to mind. For a long time, it was one of the last areas of fashion to offer sustainable options.
Kids grow so fast, and are so hard on their clothes, that spending more than the bare minimum on children’s clothing can sound wasteful. In fact, it’s much less wasteful, and even more cost effective, in the long run to buy ethical and sustainable children’s clothing.
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Sustainable Kids Clothing Explained
So what is sustainable children’s clothing? And how is it any different from regular kid’s clothes?
Traditional kid’s clothes are the epitome of fast fashion. They capitalize on quick production times by exploiting their workers, polluting nearby rivers, and using chemical-filled fabrics and dyes. These are fabrics that envelop your baby’s sensitive skin, and more likely than not end up in their mouth.
That’s why natural, chemical-free fabrics are more important than ever for babies and small children.
Yes, kids grow quickly and are hard on their clothes, but instead of buying cheap, poorly-made outfits that will last only a few recesses, consider clothing your little ones in more durable, well-made, eco-friendly kids clothing that you can feel good about.
Don’t know where to start? You’re in luck, because we’ve rounded up thirteen of our favorite ethical kid’s clothing brands from around the world.
Their whimsical prints make Art & Eden’s organic clothing for kids an easy choice for your little one. In their most recent “Wild About the World” collection, your kid can pick their favorite endangered animal, and the proceeds from that purchase support wildlife conservation efforts!
Kids can learn first-hand how their choices can make a positive impact on the world – and they’ll look cute doing it!
Oobi is an Australian clothing label (they ship worldwide!) offering ethically-made, hand-printed clothes for girls aged newborn to twelve. Their organic cotton fabrics are printed with lead-free dyes and come in whimsical prints and bright, happy colors.
They specialize in easy, knee-length dresses that are so cute, you’ll wish they came in adult sizes, too!
Jackalo prides themselves on making organic, fair trade kids clothing that lasts twice as long as your typical kids brand. They make simply cut, well-fitting basics with lots of pockets and reinforced knees. Consider these your ultimate playclothes.
As an added bonus – Jackalo will ‘buy back’ your used clothes, allowing you to ‘trade up’ to new threads!
Wild Dill carries natural, ethical kids clothes and toys from a variety of fair trade vendors. From newborn to 6T, you’ll find thoughtfully made, whimsical outfits for your little one. Plus, a portion of every sale goes toward planting a fruit tree – talk about a growth mindset!
Frustrated with how quickly your little guy or gal is outgrowing the cute outfits you get them? Beya Made has the solution: adjustable clothes.
Ethically made in Atlanta, GA from sustainably sourced cotton, Beya Made’s rompers, dresses, tees, and pants are designed to grow with your kid, so they can wear their favorite outfit that much longer.
Boody has ethical baby clothes covered. Their adorable tops, leggings, and onesies are made of a natural and oh-so-soft bamboo viscose fabric that is breathable, hypoallergenic, and environmentally-friendly. As a bonus, they also carry undies and basics for mommy!
Monica & Andy takes what you put on your baby’s skin seriously. Their super soft, finely woven organic cotton is made without pesticides, bleach, or harmful dyes.
Their factories are fair trade certified and they focus on minimizing water use in their fabric production. All that to say you can rest easy knowing their baby and kids clothes are a safe option for your child and the planet.
Affordable, organic clothing for children and babies is a specialty of Pact. Their super fun cotton basics are all you need to build an easy-breezy 3-season wardrobe for your kid. They also have a fit guarantee, in case of sudden growth spurts.
The original name in sustainable kids clothes, Hanna Andersson has been leading the pack for over 35 years. They excel in designing soft but durable clothes for kids to dance, play, sleep, and live in.
For extra cute points, get your whole family a matching set of pajamas in a fun print everyone will love.
United by Blue is an outdoor apparel company focused on ocean conservation. Their eco-friendly kid’s clothing is perfect for the adventure-loving boy or girl in your life. And for each product you purchase, United by Blue removes a pound of trash from the ocean.
We couldn’t be more excited that the minimalist designs at COS have expanded to include kids and baby clothes. The budding artist in your family will love the bold color blocking and attention to design in the kids collection, much of which is organic cotton.
COS is committed to designing for longevity, which means their durable designs will go a lot farther than your average cotton romper.
The gender-neutral designs and chemical-free, organic fabric of Pitupi’s clothes have made it a favorite for European moms, and now you can get in on the secret, too. Their adorable sets, dresses, and pajamas are ethically-made and safe for the most sensitive skin.
Pitupi is committed to taking care of the Albanian women who craft their clothing by providing fair wages, community support systems, and potential for advancement.
Little Emperor is an Australian company making playful animal print tees and dresses from ethically-made organic cotton. They use minimal, compostable packaging and partner with 1% for the Planet to support environmental nonprofits.
The best part is that the designer’s eight-year-old daughter helps design each collection, so Little Emperor is the perfect inspiration for your future entrepreneur!