Ethical children’s choices

Are you wondering about the ethics and environmental impact of buying clothes for your children?

Nowadays, more and more people are learning the uncomfortable truth about their favorite clothing. Underpaid workers manufacture many clothes in unsafe conditions, with companies using resources in an unsustainable way. These are all valid concerns, particularly in light of some of the tragic news stories coming out of the countries where our clothes are made, which do not guarantee rights or fair wages to the workers in the factories.

But you may be asking, ‘what about the cost?’ This is particularly concerning if you are going to be purchasing clothes for your kids, who will outgrow the clothes and need new ones six months later. While clothes featuring the labels of “organic” or “fair trade” may cost a little more, which little bit of extra money is definitely worth the contribution you’re making toward environmental and social justice.

Therefore, if you are concerned about the environmental and social impact of the clothes you buy, then consider buying items made with organic, fair-trade materials. These can consist of cotton, wool, or other natural fibers. Not only will they be more sustainable, but they will have a more comfortable, natural feel. You should also look for clothing that is made within the EU, which has legal protection for workers rights. You can also look for clothing that is labeled “fair trade,” which means the producers are given a fair share of the profits.

Where can you find children’s clothing that comes with its own code of ethics? Here are some great places where you can find high-quality items made with sustainability in mind.

Frugi

Specialising in attractive yet ethical kids’ clothing, Frugi offers a wide variety of well-made items in lots of adorable designs. They use organic cotton and only produce in SA8000 certified factories. They also give 1% to environmental protection programs and also support an orphanage in India. Plus, their fun and unique designs are just so cute!

Lily+Sid

This precious line of luxury baby clothes and kidswear has plenty of bright colors and designs that will delight both kids and adults. They also manufacture all of their clothes in UK and donate 5% of their profits to Unicef. If you’re concerned about the environmental impact of ordering from their online store, you can also find their clothing in specialty shops, such as We Love Squirrels, Juicy Tots and Burp Boutique.

Little Green Radicals

This aptly named brand offers a wide selection of fetching baby clothes, leggings and hosiery, as well as some pieces for older kids. They also offer a line of certified organic skincare products for little ones.

What are some other places to buy ethical kids ‘clothes? please share in the comments below!

Image – Organic cotton romper, Alexandalexa.com

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3 thoughts on “Ethical children’s choices

  1. Oh my, that penguin romper is nearly irresistible. I need to remember, though, that first and foremost on my list of ethical clothes shopping is: First, realise that something is needed. My li’l one doesn’t need another romper, particularly not in white, no matter how much I wish that I could order that one right away.

    Frugi clothes are awesome, particularly for robust, somewhat chunky kids. The cotton is soft and lovely right away, we’ve been loving several of the Frugi items that have crossed our paths during five years of parenting. The clothes hold up well, allowing them to be handed down to cousins, then being handed back again for the next in line.

    Another brand that has been going the rounds in our family is Katvig. The striped basics are mostly unisex and hold up well.