Sustainable, organic, all-natural. Nowadays, these words are being thrown around the retail world—and tons of companies are hopping on the eco-fashion bandwagon. We wanted to get the skinny on who’s really designing clothing with a conscience, so we hunted down a handful of kiddie clothing labels with true earth-friendly missions. The designers behind each one take a responsible approach to sourcing both labor and fabric, and a few are made right in here in the U.S.A. Of course, it doesn’t hurt that each collection is cute as can be!
While many companies rely on overseas factories, Emerald August’s entire line is sewn in Atlanta, Georgia. And with its bows and bold florals, it oozes Southern charm. Skilled stitchers turn out leggings and tees done up in soft, sustainable fabrics. Our fave pick has got to be the roomy tunics that will fit your little lady for a few seasons.
There’s a major street wear vibe running through Agatha Cub’s adorable line. Think drop crotch leggings and retro-inspired running shorts covered in kaleidoscopic designs. We also love the range of funky caps and rucksacks. Did we mention they use organic cotton and low-impact digital printing methods? What’s more, the company just launched a repurposing program. So when she outgrows that Agatha Cub garment, ship it back to them for free. They’ll launder it and re-brand or recycle it if it has too much wear and tear.
Little Green Radicals
With sweet motifs like balloons and birds done up in vibrant colors, there’s something undeniably cheery about the UK-based line. Its use of organic fabrics and ethical manufacturing process is another reason to smile. Everyone from the farmers who harvest the pesticide-free cotton to the sewers who stitch the adorable clothes receive a fair wage.
Winter Water Factory
Want your kiddo to stand out on the playground? Then outfit her in Brooklyn-based Winter Water Factory’s knitwear. The silkscreened prints that dance across jumpsuits, tees, and dresses are guaranteed to put a smile on your face. Each piece is cut from organic cotton and made from start to finish in the U.S.A. We love (and know you will too!) the fact these gorgeous prints come in dresses for mom, huggable friends for baby and even as a range home decor.
Another eco-friendly choice from across the pond, Swedish brand Mini Rodini uses organic linen, hemp, cotton, recycled polyester and other upcycled materials to create their funky-trendy clothes, including their iconic robot print. Their mission to reduce the use of yucky stuff (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.” The coolest part? They won’t trick you into thinking you’re buying all-organic unless, well, you are. They label their clothes “sustainable” if they are made with eighty to ninety percent sustainable materials.
What’s your favorite eco-friendly fashion for kids? Give us the heads up in a Comment.