You’ve been hearing a lot about sustainable, eco-friendly clothes for kids. To help you figure out if making the switch from fast fashion to conscious buying is something you want to do, we found a great collection of companies with sustainable clothing for kids. From the material used to how things are packaged and shipped to your door, these labels are taking a responsible approach to kids’ clothes, Of course, it doesn’t hurt that each collection is cute as can be! Scroll down to see our top picks for the most sustainable brands for kids.
Winter Water Factory
From the organic cotton to the adorable silkscreen prints (think fruit, dinosaurs, fire trucks and more) that adorn the jumpsuits, t-shirts, dresses and leggings, Brooklyn-based Winter Water Factory is an eco-friendly clothing company you can feel good about supporting. Each piece is made from start to finish in the United States, there’s a selection of options for moms and even a home decor line.
This new shoe line is PETA approved, as they are cruelty-free made without animal products. The uppers are made with PVC-and phthalate-free PU vegan leather, the outsoles are made with a natural rubber from the milk of the Hevea tree, the insoles include recycled rubber and the shoe linings are 100% cotton. Find out more about Ten Little here.
Blu & Blue
This line of denim for babies up through teens was created by a design pro who saw a need for eco-friendly denim production in the kid market. There are button-down shirts, skirts, skinny jeans for toddlers, jackets and more. Blu & Blue abides by the Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS), and 93% of the wastewater is recycled and reused via their in-house treatment plant. They use solar panels, waterless washing and are proud members of the Greenpeace Detox Campaign.
Made from an eco-friendly 60% cotton/40% bamboo fabric (Oeko-tex 100 Certified), each item from Lark Adventurewear is made in the United States. The soft material is super breathable, offers UV 50 protection and comes in adorable patterns and prints for kids ages nine months to four. There are even pajamas!
The fibers used to make Colored Organics’ simply designed shirts, hoodies and leggings are 70% organic, following the Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS). Also, the factories in which the clothing is produced maintain certain standards, including living wages, safe working conditions, and reasonable working hours. This is sustainable clothing you can feel good about.
This San Francisco-based clothing company believes in living a sustainable, minimalistic lifestyle. The eight items in the TØY collection (more to come!) are things you can use again and again and even pass down to a friend or two. In order to have some of the softest, safest fabric on the market, only used 100% organic GOTS-certified cotton for comfort against delicate baby skin. The company does not use chemical softeners or bleaches in the fabric
Swaggr has just launched a line of kids' socks! They are stretchy and soft and will fit from a size 2 up to a size 16. It takes almost three water bottles to make a single pair, so you'll not only be getting comfy socks, but you'll be helping to keep plastic out of our oceans.
Snag a 3-pack here, $22.80
This modern unisex clothing is made by a family-run manufacturer in Portugal from 100% organic cotton and comes in smooth, muted colors and cuts that’ll make you wish they had your size. Orbasics adheres to the Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS), they use as little packaging as possible, biodegradable paper lining, and everything is shipped in an eco-friendly carton box.
Maybe you’ve heard your friend rave about their flats, but this sustainable shoe brand also offers a slip-on and a sneaker for kids, too. Each shoe allows for less than 5% waste, rather than the typical 35% of materials that end up on a production floor. Rothy’s uses recycled water bottles to create their popular fabrics, and to date, they’ve repurposed over 408 million water bottles. Each shoe is 100% recyclable: materials include recycled foam, vegan and other non-toxic adhesives and each shoe has a carbon-free rubber sole.
These adorable baby onesies come in newborns sizes up to 18 months. Made with sustainability in mind, all of Kinder Birch’s pieces are made with 100% organic cotton with low impact dyes. In addition, the working conditions of Kinder Birch’s manufacturers meet the standards of fair working conditions set by the International Labour Organization (ILO)
Swedish brand Mini Rodini uses biodegradable materials that require less water to manufacture when creating the funky, bold styles you’ll love. Their mission to reduce the use of chemicals and toxic dyes and determination to work from the ground up in fair trade wages is reflected in their motto “what you buy matters.” Shop the collection here.
Pajamas for Peace
These eco-friendly pajamas are made with 100% Pima cotton, which is a more hardy strain of cotton that has a 50% longer lifespan that regular cotton products. Pajamas for Peace also abide by GOTS standards, are tagless for adaptive purposes, and with each purchase, a set is donated to a partner shelter to help those in their time of need.
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