If you’re looking for ethical, eco-friendly clothing to buy this summer, we’re here to help. Every parent is keen to keep their little ones feeling comfy, but along with all fashion, children’s clothing comes at a cost to the planet. We’ve done some research and have come across seven Aussie and NZ brands making soft, sustainable (very cute) clothing to fill little wardrobes without harming this beautiful earth that our children will ultimately inherit.
A 1% For The Planet member, Little Emperor Clothing take steps towards sustainability at every stage. GOTS certified cotton is made into playfully patterned, fun and functional clothing, packaged in biodegradable packaging (from our partners at Hero Pack) and fabric offcuts are made into blankets to eliminate waste. Little Emperor ensure their utilities are ethical too, with their Sydney based design office powered by Red Energy and their business finances handled by Bank Australia. Through their partnership with Net Paradigm India Pvt Ltd, they ensure that workers across the supply chain experience fair working conditions, with factories regularly audited by Sedex. Little Emperor also work with OCC Apparel, Australia, and all cotton is GOTS certified which means there’s no need to worry about harmful chemicals coming into contact with your child’s skin (or the planet) as a result of your purchase.
This New Zealand company makes impossibly cute, 100% organic clothing in a Kiwiana-inspired style. 100% fair trade and 100% organic, Earthlings is small business at it’s best. Each Earthlings piece is designed to be played in and passed down: practical, easy-care clothing, timelessly designed and carefully crafted.
Kala and Kai encourage creativity through their puzzles and potion packs, so it’s no surprise that their clothing range is the perfect uniform for adventure. The founder Amy designs stylish, earthy-toned, gender neutral clothing for adventurous little ones. The creation process involves ethically sourced, sustainably made fabrics and non-toxic dyes, with production taking place in an ethically run factory in India.
Conscious Koala gets a special mention because of their model: a subscription scheme which allows you to rent ethically made, organic clothing for your bubba and replace it with newer, larger clothes once your little one is a little-less-little.
Another New Zealand based, mum-run company, Babu makes organic baby clothing, cotton bedding, sleeping bags, newborn blankets and muslin wraps: covering a lot of bases and doing it with style and sustainability front and centre. Ethical production, renewable resource use and safe practices are non-negotiable for the Babu team, and their products are all made from 100% natural fibres (organic cotton and merino wool) which are kind to skin and gentle on the planet.
Sustainably produced, made-to-order clothing for you and your little one. Aunty Ellen is a Brisbane/Gold Coast based conscious label making matching men’s, women’s and babies clothing from sustainably sourced natural fibres. All clothing is handmade to order by Aunty Ellen’s founder, who turns scrap fabric into accessories and packs the beautiful, bespoke pieces in compostable packaging to ensure minimal impact on the environment across the board.
Colourful, classic designs with a contemporary twist, Lily & Lord is your go-to for ethically produced party wear. GOTS certified organic cotton is naturally dyed in bright, playful tones, turned into clothing in Australia and produced in line with Lily & Lord’s zero plastic, transparent-supply-chain production policy. Lily & Lord offset their carbon footprint by purchasing carbon credits, and all materials – from buttons to elastic bands – are certified non-toxic. Not your typical eco-friendly, neutral aesthetic, but doing all of the heavy lifting behind the scenes.
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