How to Build a Capsule Wardrobe for Kids

For parents, children’s wardrobes can be overwhelming – the constant cycles of out-growing pieces and buying new clothes, dealing with cluttered and overflowing drawers, and trying find matching outfits. The solution? A capsule wardrobe – a seasonal curated collection of essential, versatile, and stylish garments that can be mixed and matched (even by the kiddos) to create countless outfits.

Capsule wardrobes create a organized and clutter-free closet where you can put outfits together with minimal thought, because decision-fatigue is very real as a parent. It also typically it means you only need to shop for new clothes 2-4 times per year, which really adds up in time saved.

I’ve been doing a capsule wardrobe for my daughter since she was a baby and it’s the perfect concept for growing kids! Allowing us to not only be more sustainable but also save money and prevent clutter.

So how do you build a capsule wardrobe for kids? Here are 8 steps to follow:

1. Take Inventory

The first step is to see what you already have in their wardrobe or maybe in storage – what still fits for the upcoming season? Do you have any gifts or hand-me-downs that are the right size? This is a good base to build your capsule around.

The seasonal change is the perfect time to clear out anything that no longer fits and pack away out-of-season items, like shorts or winter coats, so they’re not taking up space and adding unnecessary clutter.

2. Plan for the Weather

The temperature and weather is of course key to what clothing you’ll need. Will you need long or short sleeves and pants? What kind of outerwear will they need? You also need to decide if you’re doing 4 seasonal capsules or combined spring/summer and fall/winter capsules.

Don’t forget about layering options, especially if you live in a climate with fluctuating temperatures. Spring and fall in particular are the most important for having layers – cardigans, lightweight jackets, and hoodies are excellent for layering and adapting the wardrobe to seasonal changes.

One of my daughter’s spring/summer capsule wardrobes

3. Assess Your Child’s Needs

Consider your child’s lifestyle and upcoming activities. Think about how much time they spend outside, what activities do they regularly/frequently participate in, and are there any specific clothing requirements? This might include things like:

  • Clothes that are okay getting dirty/stained
  • Sportswear
  • Outerwear for specific activities (such as rainwear or snowsuits)
  • Reinforced “play” clothes if they regularly damage items
  • Formal clothes for regular events/gatherings

4. Decide on a General Color Palette

Pick your neutrals and have an idea of the colors you’d like for a cohesive capsule palette.

Your colors will likely will be guided by the clothing you already have, and maybe pieces your child loves. Therefore think about what additional colors or neutrals can best tie the existing colors together to give you lots of combinations.

Remember though that not everything needs to go together and match, but having a color palette will make shopping easier.

For examples check out some of my daughter’s capsule wardrobes.

Where do you want the Color and Prints?

Where the colors will primarily be is also important to consider. The easiest way to build a capsule wardrobe is by only having colorful tops/dresses and going for neutral bottoms and neutrals in other areas. Although you can of course mix color in different categories, it just requires some extra planning.

When going for prints, try to choose prints and patterns that incorporate a few of your colours so they can go with a lot of items, and again keep prints in one category (eg. tops/dresses or bottoms) to make mixing and matching easy.

Spring/Summer 2023 Preschooler Capsule Wardrobe

5. Incorporate Signature Pieces & their Personal Style

Plan for a few statement pieces or colors to infuse personality into your child’s capsule wardrobe. This could include favorite graphic t-shirts, a fun dress, or unique layers. This is a great opportunity to get older children involved in the process if they like having a say in their clothes/style. Have them pick out some colors or select items and then build the capsule to incorporate and maximize those pieces.

These signature garments can add personalty and make the process more fun while still being versatile enough to mix and match.

6. Determine How Many Items

This will depend primarily on how often you do laundry and how often your kids require a change of clothes – is it daily or more frequently? We do laundry about once a week so I plan for my daughter to have at least 7 outfits, plus at least 3 extra because typically 1-2 times a week she may get dirty and need an outfit change. I also like to have at least 1 “fancier” option for events.

I also should note that I always have an emergency change of clothes in my bag which isn’t part of my preschooler’s capsule wardrobe and rotation of clothes, but old clothes for just in case.

Then create a list of how many tops, bottoms, layers, dresses, or other items you still need to get.

Fall Capsule Wardrobe

7. Go Shopping

Now it’s time to get any remaining pieces to complete your capsule wardrobe. We love secondhand shopping for kids, both for budget and sustainability reasons.

Here are some things to consider when shopping for a children’s capsule wardrobe:

Quality and Durability

The idea is the clothes will get a lot of use. So look for well-made, durable garments that can withstand the wear and tear of active children. Look for quality fabrics that are easy to clean and maintain, ensuring longevity for the clothes in your child’s wardrobe.

Comfort

Comfort should always be a top priority when selecting clothes for children – if they’re not comfortable they won’t want to wear them. Opt for soft, breathable, natural fabrics that allow freedom of movement.

Fit

Children can grow fast so try and find clothes that will last at least the whole season. Look for clothes that allow for growth and flexibility, and consider sizing up if it makes sense and won’t compromise comfort.

8. Organize and Maintain

Finally, after you’ve assembled the capsule wardrobe pieces, organize them in a way that makes getting dressed a breeze. Clear out any unnecessary items and designate spaces for each category of clothing. Encourage your child to take part in maintaining the wardrobe, putting clean items into their places and teaching them about organization.

Is it a lot of work?

After reading this you may be thinking; this sounds like more work! A common reason people have for not doing a capsule wardrobe the the work of putting it together. But here’s the thing, if you look at an entire year it’s actually way less work than constantly having to shop for and replace items, never mind the clutter and stressful times getting dressed. It is more work to plan a capsule but you only need to do it 2-4 times per year!

In my opinion, the amount a capsule wardrobe has improved my own and my family’s life and decision fatigue makes the extra work a few times a year well worth it.


Building a capsule wardrobe for children can revolutionize the way you approach dressing your little ones, and helping them dress themselves. By focusing on essential, versatile pieces, you’ll save time, money, closet space, and have a lighter impact on the planet, all while ensuring your child is comfortable and stylish. Remember, the key is to create a collection that suits your child’s needs, reflects their personal style, and provides endless mix-and-match possibilities. With a well-curated capsule wardrobe, getting dressed will become a stress-free experience.

    Sustainable & Ethical Pride Shirts & Rainbow Merch from Queer Clothing Brands 🏳️‍🌈

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    Pride month is around this corner and big brands like Amazon, Target, Walmart, GAP, SHEIN, and so many more are “celebrating” by rolling out their pride collections. Not only are large corporations often accused of rainbow-washing but these fast fashion garments were likely made in unsustainable and exploitative conditions. Good on You looked at 20 popular fashion brands with pride apparel and found 0 of them pay a living wage. Additionally, many of these garments are made in countries where it is illegal to be gay.

    Some of these companies are even profiting from pride merch while at the same time funding politicians who voted against LGBTQ+ equality. It’s not support or allyship, it’s rainbow capitalism.

    Instead of buying your pride clothing from these shady corporations, we’ve researched and collected a list of small businesses (many queer-owned) who are sustainably and ethically making pride shirts and rainbow merchandise and actually deserving of support!

    And of course don’t forget DIY and secondhand are amazing, sustainable options for pride too! 🌈

    Where to Find Ethical Pride Clothing

    (please note: some affiliate links are used in this post which means we may get a small commission)
    Anne Mulaire sustainable and ethical pride shirt - made from fabric remnants
    Image credit: Anne Mulaire

    Anne Mulaire

    One of our favorite slow fashion brands! Anne Mulaire is a queer and indigenous owned brand with deep-rooted values. Their garments are all made in their Winnipeg studio where workers are paid a living wage. They also have fantastic circularity and sustainability initiatives such as their zero waste and resale programs.

    Their Zero Waste Rainbow Crop Top is actually made from remnant fabrics from their garment production and comes in an inclusive size range from XXS – 6X.

    You can also check out our interview to learn more about Anne Mulaire.


    Image credit: Origami Customs

    Origami Customs

    A Canadian queer-owned line of body and gender-affirming swimwear and lingerie custom made for all sizes, shapes, abilities, and gender expressions. Their garments are made in-house in Montreal by their diverse team. Origami Customs built ethical labour and sustainability into the foundation of their business from the start. Additionally they also donate to various organizations including donating gender-affirming garments to those who can’t afford them.

    I spoke with owner Rae Hill recently (check out our interview here) and am so impressed by how they’ve built an apparel business with such a positive impact and incredible community support.

    Origami Customs has many great products but for rainbow apparel, most of their swimwear is available in a rainbow print! They do free custom sizing and fit for everyone.


    Image credit: Zero Waste Daniel

    Zero Waste Daniel

    A queer-owned brand creating unique upcycled clothing. Zero Waste Daniel developed their innovative “re-roll” technique as a way to repurpose fabric scraps and remnants into a modern patchwork fabric. All ZWD pieces are one-of-a-kind and made in their NYC studio. They have even collaborated and created custom garments for many famous drag queens such as Shea Couleé and drag activist Pattie Gonia.

    While Zero Waste Daniel doesn’t specifically made rainbow shirts, their mixed print reroll pieces (pictured) showcases a variety of colors and colorful prints that work perfect for both pride celebrations and everyday wear. Their garments are available in sizes XS – 3XL.


    Images credit: TomboyX

    TomboyX

    TomboyX is a queer-owned, USA based brand and working on various sustainability initiatives. They work primarily with WRAP and Fair Labor Association factories and say they are, “hoping to have all facilities certified soon”.

    Their Rainbow Pride collection includes underwear, activewear, and apparel with both bold and subtle rainbow designs. Their garments are available in an inclusive size range from 3XS – 6XL.


    Lucy & Yak

    Take one look at Lucy & Yak and you can tell this brand loves color and rainbows. While not queer-owned Lucy & Yak highlights and celebrates diversity and supports LGBTQ+ organizations. They are UK based, use sustainable fabrics and have a take-back circularity program.

    Lucy & Yak has rainbow options in many styles. Their garments are available in sizes 4 – 32 UK or XS – 4XL.


    Images credit: Conscious Step

    Conscious Step

    One of our favorite organic sock brands, each pair of comfy Conscious Step LGBTQ socks donates $1 to The Trevor Project. Their socks are ethically made from organic and fair trade cotton and are also vegan certified. They have many certifications to back-up their sustainability and ethical manufacturing claims – Conscious Step socks are made in India in a factory that is OEKO-TEX, GOTS and Fairtrade International certified as well as audited by WRAP and SEDEX. (Learn more about these certifications here)

    I’ve worn Conscious Step socks for years and love the quality, fit, and fun prints!


    Image credit: Thunderpants USA

    Thunderpants

    Organic cotton underwear brand with a cute rainbow stripe pride collection. Thunderpants is transparent about their sourcing and supply chain with some certifications such as GOTS and Fair Trade. They have USA, UK/EU, and NZ branches which are each made locally and they detail their ethical standards on each site.

    Thunderpants are available from sizes SM – 3X.


    Image credit: The Series

    The Series

    One-of-a-kind, genderless pieces made in NY from upcycled and reconstructed materials. Since each piece is unique their collection is ever-changing, but for rainbow/colorful options definitely check out their granny tanks (made from upcycled crochet blankets) and variety of accessories. They also occasionally have “junk drawer” shorts in stock with little rainbows and other small details.

    The Series offers sizing from XS – 4XL.


    Ethical Pride Accessories & Flags

    Image credit: Pride Flags SD

    Pride Flags SD

    Looking for ethically-made pride flags from a queer-owned business? Pride Flag SD has a variety of queer identity flags in different sizes. Their flags are locally hand-sewn in San Diego from outdoor/weather-resistant nylon strips. They prioritize living wages and making high-quality flags that will last year after year.


    Image credit: Atomic Gold

    Atomic Gold

    This queer-owned jewellery brands creates gender-free jewellery including everyday pieces as well as wedding and engagement rings. Their pieces are ethically made in-house from 100% reclaimed gold and they offer inclusively-sized rings from 2-16.

    For rainbow options check out their adorable tri-gold rainbow ring (pictured), subtle rainbow earrings, or gorgeous rainbow band.


    Etsy

    Finally, Etsy can be a great place to find pride merch and small, queer-owned businesses to support! Just note that not everything on Etsy may be ethically made as Etsy does allow shops to sell goods from third party manufacturers. Message the shop owner if you have questions!


    And brands we missed with rainbow products? Please share in the comments!

    Are Brands Who “Give Back” Greenwashing?

    It’s no surprise that fashion brands work to paint themselves in a good light to appeal to consumers. One way brands create a positive image is by “giving back.”

    What It Means to Give Back

    Giving back can look like many things, such as donating money, time, or resources to charities, nonprofits, and other organizations. 

    It has become a trend for unsustainable and fast fashion brands to give back to environmental organizations (such as tree planting) in an attempt to seem “green.” While it’s a good thing for a company to give back to the community and the planet, it is a slippery slope from being charitable to greenwashing. 

    To understand the debate on whether or not unsustainable brands who give back are greenwashing, it’s essential to understand what greenwashing is. While there are varying definitions, most people can agree that greenwashing is when a company uses deceptive marketing or false claims to make their brand or products appear eco-friendly. My Green Closet’s “Is H&M Actually Sustainable or Are They Greenwashing?” piece offers an interesting look into how the unethical practice of greenwashing can backfire for big fast fashion companies. 

    There are about 1.8 million nonprofits in the US alone, meaning brands have endless options when choosing organizations to donate to. Unethical and unsustainable companies who give back to charities benefiting children, the arts, or sports (for example) are not greenwashing via giving back because the charities they donate to are not related to the environment. Donating to these charities will not make a brand appear to be a “green company.” When brands give back to environmental and conservation charities, however, the brands are working to alter their public appearance and show they care about the environment.

    Sustainable Brands Giving Back vs. Fast Fashion Brands Giving Back

    Both sustainable and fast fashion brands give back to environmental organizations and both publicly highlight why supporting these causes matters to them. There is a difference, however, in what it means for a sustainable brand to give back versus a fast fashion brand. When a sustainable brand donates to an environmental charity, the donation is in alignment with the brand’s values, practices, and business model. 

    When fast fashion brands give back, however, it means something different. These brands typically operate on a low-cost, high-volume business model. The goal here is to create clothes cheaply and in high volumes to keep up with trends and sell the largest number of items possible, which has massive negative environmental impacts. Giving back to environmental organizations does not align with the fast fashion brand’s practices; rather, it’s just a way for the brand to create a “green” image and perceived investment in helping the planet. 

    An example of a fast fashion brand giving back is Princess Polly. This brand makes monetary donations to Lonely Whale, a marine conservation organization that works to prevent plastic waste from entering Earth’s oceans. At the same time, the brand contributes significantly to plastic pollution through producing extensive amounts of synthetic clothing. Princess Polly also donates to One Tree Planted, a nonprofit that plants trees around the world with a goal of global reforestation. While these donations are clearly positive, they also create a greenwashed image of the fast fashion brand. 

    The Bottom Line

    Whether giving back correlates to greenwashing depends on whether the brand is actually sustainable or not. When a fast fashion brand advertises the ways in which they give back to the environment, they are creating a deceptive image by making the company appear eco-friendly. In reality, fast fashion brands’ practices and policies are detrimental to the environment. Therefore, this sneaky “giving back” marketing can be categorized as greenwashing. When sustainable brands give back, however, they are simply reiterating their dedication to protecting the planet and therefore are not guilty of greenwashing.

    How to Figure Out If a Company Is Sustainable or Greenwashing

    Do not automatically assume a company is sustainable simply because they donate to environmental and conservation charities. It’s important to research brands before purchasing from them. Learn whether a fashion brand is sustainable by checking the brand’s sustainability reports. A helpful list of ecolabels on textiles can be found on the Ecolabel Index website. Also check out My Green Closet’s “How to Find and Research Ethical Fashion Brands” YouTube video for detailed tips on how to find sustainable fashion brands in your city and how to find credible sources online. My Green Closet also features a “How to Shop Ethically & Sustainably” YouTube playlist containing over 20 videos covering topics such as how to spot greenwashing and how to find affordable sustainable fashion. 

    Even though greenwashing is a common issue, it’s definitely possible to find and support brands who are actually trying to make positive changes in the fashion industry!

    13 Fashion Certifications You’ll See & What They Mean

    When looking for more sustainable and ethically-made fashion you’re likely to come across various certifications. What do they actually verify though? Are some better than others? Here’s a breakdown of the most common certifications you’re likely to encounter and what they mean.

    Sustainability + Labor Certifications

    What is GOTS? (Global Organic Textile Standard)

    If you see the GOTS logo this on a product, it means the product has 95% (or more) organic fibres. If you see the GOTS logo on a brand website, this means that some or all of their products are certified as GOTS goods which includes environmental and social standards.

    Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) is a quality assurance and product certification that brands can receive after inspection to ensure they are following the GOTS ecological and social criteria needed for approval. GOTS certifications are given to brands who exhibit a high standard for decent work conditions (such as a zero tolerance policy for child labour, harassment and discrimination, or precarious employment). In addition, a brand’s supply chain and products must meet the minimum organic fibre percentage (95-100%) along with other environmental criteria. Before receiving certification, an inspection is done on the entire textile supply chain (including processing and trade). GOTS certifications all have an expiry date of one year after certification; companies must then recertify. Audits are only carried out during the yearly certification assessments.

    GOTS also has a secondary logo for products that use 74% – 94% organic fibres. In this case, the logo will clearly state the percent of organic fibres used.

    Click here for more information on GOTS.

    What is a B Corp?

    If you see this B Corp certification on your clothing, this means the brand has demonstrated the minimum amount of accountability within their supply chain for both social and environmental issues.

    The B Corporation is a certification that can appear on products after brands have applied and been verified by the B Corporation Standard. B CORP extends across many industries, and conveys a business’s commitment to high social and environmental performance and high transparency + accountability. B CORP has an entirely remote certification process, with no on-site auditing. Businesses send in documentation and go through a required review call with a B CORP analyst to become verified and receive their certification. Brands must re-do the certification process every 3 years to show their continuous efforts and improvements.

    Click here for more information on B CORP.

    Labor Certifications

    What is Fairtrade Certified?

    If you see this Fairtrade logo on your products, this means that the producers are aligned with the Fairtrade core requirements and believe in the continual improvement of the environmental, social, and economic elements of their supply chain. In addition, brands certified to use the Fairtrade symbol have committed to making their supply chain more ethical, transparent, and stable.

    The Fairtrade certification is reflective of the Fairtrade core environmental requirements (such as environmentally sound agricultural practices), economic requirements (such as Fairtrade Minimum Price requirements) and social requirements such as a zero tolerance for forced or child labour). Fairtrade also encourages brands to develop and invest in their social, economical, and environmental standards beyond their core requirements. Producers, traders, and companies can apply for the certification; after an initial on-site audit of the producers or after a temporary producer assessment, the business may use the Fairtrade logo for their products. These businesses are subjected to several different types of audits (renewal audits, unannounced audits, confirmation audits, etc.) to assure the facilities and products are implementing policies reflective of the Fairtrade standards.

    Click here for more information on Fairtrade.

    What is WFTO Certified? (World Fair Trade Organization)

    If you see the WFTO or Word Fair Trade Organization logo on a brand’s product or website, it means that the business or brand has passed the WTFO’s Guarantee System process and has shown they are truly following Fairtrade values within their supply chain and business model.

    The World Fair Trade Organization, is an extension of the Fairtrade certification. The difference between Fairtrade and the WFTO is their expanded focus on traceability. Fairtrade focuses on products while the WTFO focuses on the entire supply chain, business model, and operations of a business. The WFTO has its own Guarantee System that combines the Fairtrade principles with its assurance process. The WFTO is not a product certification, and it does not have consistent auditing after businesses have gone through their Guarantee System.

    Click here for more information on WFTO.

    What is WRAP? (Worldwide Responsible Accredited Production)

    If you see this symbol on a brand’s product or website, it means the brand produces in a WRAP-certified facility and that they have, to some degree, proven their commitment to the WRAP organizations 12 Principles.

    WRAP, or Worldwide Responsible Accredited Production, is a certification given to production factories. Brands can apply on behalf of factories they own and manage directly or request that the factories they partner with become certified. The WRAP organization revolves around 12 Principles, which include items related to social issues (such as hours of work, prohibition of forced labour, etc.) and environmental issues.  After completing a self assessment and a factory audit/evaluation structured by the WRAP organization, the evaluated facilities are given a silver, gold, or platinum level of certification. Unannounced audits are continuously carried out after a facility receives certification.

    Click here for more information on WRAP.

    What is SA8000?

    If you see this label on your products or if the brand mentioned the SA8000 standards, this means the brand/factory is diligently working toward improvement for social labour.

    SA8000 is both a standard and a certification that businesses can use as a framework for high social standards. Brands using the framework are taking steps to ensure their supply chain implements decent work elements such as fair working hours and appropriate health and safety practices. Their approach is rooted in continued improvement rather than checklist-style auditing. The SA8000 certification is valid for 3 years and during that time audits are done twice per year to track improvements.

    Click here for more information on SA8000.

    What is Fair Wear Foundation?

    If a brand is a member of Fair Wear Foundation, they are working through (or have completed) the Fair Wear process and are identifying (or fixing) areas of improvement within their supply chain.

    The Fair Wear Foundation is an organization, not a certification. As such, you will not see their logo used on products. Instead, a brand may name themselves as a member of the Fair Wear Foundation, which means they are dedicated to holding their supply chain accountable and want to assure responsible and healthy conditions for their workers. Since the Fair Wear Foundation is not a certification, the organization performs checks on their members rather than audits. These performance checks are primarily to verify members are making an effort in influencing their product locations. Assessments are done annually, 3-4 months after the end of the financial year.

    Click here for more information on the Fair Wear Foundation.

    What is ILO? (International Labour Organization)

    If a brand mentions their commitment to the International Labour Organization (ILO) standards, this means they are working toward a more transparent and accountable supply chain which focuses on decent work platforms (gender equality, fair recruitment, employment promotion/security, etc.)  for all types of workers (women, children, international, minority, etc). Although there are no audits or guarantees the standards are being met.

    The International Labour Organization (ILO) is a United Nations agency setting international standards for labour and social practices within supply chains through multiple industries. Their goal is the implementation of employment standards, social protection, and fundamental work ethics. In addition, the ILO dialogues with businesses to help them overcome barriers to implementing ILO standards. The ILO periodically supervises the members of their organisation to determine whether brands are continuing to implement decent work standards. However, the ILO merely uses these reports to see where their focus or help is needed, and does not audit or enforce their standards.

    Click here for more information on the ILO.

    Sustainability & Chemical Certifications

    What is GRS (Global Recycled Standard) and RCS (Recycled Claim Standard)?

    If you see the Global Recycled Standard logo, this means the brand has verified a minimum of 50% recycled content in their products and have also verified their alignment with the GRS social, environmental, and chemical requirements.

    If you see the Recycled Claim Standard logo, this means that the brand has only verified that their products do contain a certain minimum of recycled content. (RCS does not have the other sustainability standards that GRS verifies)

    Headed by the same organization, the Global Recycled Standard (GRS) and Recycled Claim Standard (RCS) both provide verification and certification of recycled materials that are tracked throughout the supply chain to assure their validity. The certifications are similar, except that the GRS holds a brand/business to a higher (and more rigorous) standard. Both have three main objectives to align the “recycled” definition across different products, verify recycled content, and give consumers information about recycled products. 

    The GRS in particular also aims to reduce the harmful impact of production, assure products are produced in a more environmentally friendly way, and encourage a higher content of recycled material in products. In addition, the GRS includes standards related to preventing harmful chemicals and verifying positive social and environmental production. Both certifications are entirely voluntary and require brands to go through a chain of custody assessment to ensure the recycled content is maintained from sourcing to final product. Each stage of the supply chain is audited by a professional third-party certification body.

    Click here for more information on GRS and RCS.

    What is OEKO TEX Certified?

    OEKO-TEX is the trademark used by The International Association for Research and Testing in the Field of Textile and Leather Ecology. Several of their certifications (and their logos) are used by brands and can be seen on multiple different products. OEKO-TEX currently manages seven different standards (STANDARD 100, MADE IN GREEN, ORGANIC COTTON, LEATHER STANDARD, STeP, ECO PASSPORT, and RESPONSIBLE BUSINESS), each with different certification requirements and inspection processes. 

    OEKO-TEX Standard 100 is the one you’re most likely to see, it means products are tested and guaranteed to be free from common harmful chemicals used in textile production. Made in Green adds on additional environmental and social requirements. They also have fabric specific certifications for leather and organic cotton, as well as a Responsible Business certification.

    Important to note though; sometimes brands will just say “Oeko-Tex Certified” and this almost always means it is Standard 100 and not the other environmental or social focused certifications.

    On-site visits are performed for the Standard 100, Made In Green, and Leather Standard every 3 years after the initial visit during the certification approval process. On-site visits for Eco Passport are optional. Audits are done for the STeP, Organic Cotton, and Responsible Business certifications during the initial application, and done again every year for the Organic Cotton certification and after 3 years for a STeP or Responsible Business recertification. 

    Click here for our more in-depth post on OEKO TEX

    Click here for more information from the OEKO-TEX website.

    What is FSC Certified? (Forest Stewardship Council)

    If you see the FSC 100% logo on a product or brand website, this means the brand has committed to the FSC principles and all their materials come from responsibly managed forests.

    If you see the FSC Mix logo on a product or brand website, this means that products are made from a mixture of materials from FSC certified forests, recycled materials, and FSC controlled wood (which is different from responsibly managed forests).

    If you see the FSC Recycled logo on a product, this means that the product is made from 100% recycled materials.

    The Forest Steward Council (FSC) certification indicates that brands selling products made from trees are sourcing wood from responsibly managed FSC-certified forests (which is a different certification for suppliers from the same organisation). Responsibly managed forests means: 

    • The trees are harvested in a way that there is “no net loss of forest over time”.
    • Workers are paid a fair wage in an ethical work environment.
    • Forest management practises conservation policies for local flora and fauna.
    • There is a management plan in place to  ensure that communities in and around the forest are consulted and respected.  

    The FSC has three main labels that brands can use for their products: their “100%” logo, their “Recycled” logo, and their “Mix” logo. Both suppliers and members of the FSC certification must go through a preliminary on-site audit and an annual audit after certification to ensure they are complying with the FSC principles.

    Click here for more information on FSC.

    What is Better Cotton/BCI? (Better Cotton Initiative)

    If you see this Better Cotton label on a brand’s product or website, it means that the product (or brand) uses cotton that has been certified in its application of the BCI’s sustainability and labor standards. Note though that BCI is not organic and has also been linked to cotton from Xinjiang.

    The Better Cotton Initiative (BCI) certification is based on seven core principles that range from crop protection, soil health, and fibre quality to a supplier’s decent work policies and their employee management model. This certification can be seen on products or on brand websites if a product contains BCI certified cotton, but it is the fibre and source itself that is certified (not a brand).

    BCI works directly with farmers in order to maintain their values and provide education and knowledge to suppliers. BCI has a continued supply chain monitoring system that includes on-site and remote auditing of second and third-party ginners, third-party supply chain actors, and second-party transaction actors.

    Click here for more information on BCI.

    Animal Welfare Certifications

    What is PETA Approved Vegan?

    If you see this PETA Approved Vegan label on your clothing, this means the brand has assured they use no animal products and that they do not test their products on animals.

    The PETA Approved Vegan certification appears on products (mostly beauty and clothing items) after brands have completed a questionnaire and assurance verification that applies to both the company and the suppliers/manufacturers. This process confirms the business uses no animal products and doesn’t test their products on animals.

    Currently, PETA uses no compliance or performance auditing systems before certification is given; brands give a statement of assurance from their manufacturer or supplier upon their application and must simply pay the annual certification fee. Recertification and resubmission of an updated (or more recent) statement of assurance is not needed unless a brand stops paying the annual certification fee, in that case, they must restart the application process.

    Click here for more information on PETA Approved Vegan.

    Colorful Spring Capsule Wardrobe 2023

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    We seem to be getting a warm, early spring and I am ready for a wardrobe refresh!

    As talked about in this video, my spring wardrobe really marks a post-pandemic and no-longer-new-mom era. I’m going out a lot more than I was the last few years and settling into a part-time WFH and preschooler parent life.

    Items in my Spring Capsule Wardrobe

    Tops

    Pale Blue Organic Cotton Tank – Colorful Standard

    Red Boxy Organic Cotton Tee – Colorful Standard

    Black Organic Cotton Tee – Organic Basics

    Cropped Zero Waste Tee – Anne Mulaire

    Green Drapey Tee – handmade

    Cropped Hemp Puff-sleeve Top – VALANI

    White Linen Shirt – secondhand

    Brass Mockneck – Encircled

    Printed Turtleneck – Thief & Bandit

    Orange Cotton Sweater – secondhand

    Bottoms

    Winter Leggings – Anne Mulaire (read my AM legging review here)

    Printed Pants – TAMGA

    Navy ‘Dressy Sweatpants’ – Encircled

    Plaid Linen Pants – handmade

    Brown Organic Cotton Jeans – Made Trade

    Green Linen Skirt – Son de Flor

    Floral Printed Maxi Skirt – TAMGA

    Dresses & Jumpsuit

    Blue Deadstock Tee Dress – Tonle (learn more about Tonle’s circularity here)

    Black Printed Dress – Mata Traders

    Organic Cotton Apron Dress – Tove Wear

    Green Knit Organic Cotton Dress – tentree

    Light Purple Linen Collar Dress – Son de Flor

    Blue Linen Wrap Dress – Son de Flor

    Purple Linen Jumpsuit – Magic Linen

    Layers & Outerwear

    Navy Organic Cotton Cropped Cardigan – tentree

    Beige Cardigan – old

    Rust Cardigan – Eileen Fisher

    Oversized Deadstock Jacket – NAZ

    Brown Raincoat – secondhand

    What Companies Don’t Want You to Know About “Fragrance”

    posted in clothing care, home, skincare

    I recently stayed in a vacation rental and the second I walked into the bedroom, I was hit with a wave of laundry detergent smell emanating from the bedding. I’m guessing the fragrance was called something like “fresh ocean breeze” or “springtime linen,” but to me it smelled like a headache. I feel sick when exposed to synthetic fragrances for more than a few minutes. There was no way I could sleep in this!

    I pulled off all the bedding and used my own sleeping bag and pillows that I happened to have in my car. After re-outfitting the bed, I thoroughly washed my hands, as the detergent smell easily transfers to skin, hair, and clothes. “Fresh ocean breeze” isn’t just a scent, it’s a cocktail of chemicals under an ingredient called “fragrance,” and there’s no guarantee these chemicals are all safe.

    What Does Fragrance Mean in Ingredients?

    People have been using perfumes for thousands of years. But today, the ingredients in scented products are a far cry from what was used in the past.

    “Fragrance” or “parfum” is a vague term commonly seen on product labels. It refers to scented ingredients added to many home and personal care products such as laundry detergent, fabric softener, body wash, shampoo, makeup, cleaning products, air fresheners, candles, and so on. 

    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration defines fragrance as “any natural or synthetic substance or substances used solely to impart an odor to a cosmetic product.” Most fragrances are made of a mixture of dozens or even hundreds of primarily synthetic chemicals derived from petroleum. According to the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics, the term “fragrance” can refer to the scented chemicals plus “solvents, stabilizers, UV-absorbers, preservatives, and dyes” that are considered part of the fragrance, and thus may not be listed separately on product labels. 

    It’s not a small selection of mystery ingredients that may be in fragranced products; every five years, the International Fragrance Association releases a list of all reported ingredients that companies use in fragrance compounds globally. In 2022, the IFRA Transparency List included 3,224 fragrance ingredients and 395 functional ingredients. The actual number may be much higher, as these are only the ingredients disclosed voluntarily.

    Some brands use essential oils to scent their products. The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics notes that while these ingredients are naturally derived, some can be allergens or irritants. Each essential oil has different properties, and not all of them are well-studied. Here’s a helpful essential oil safety guide from Popular Science. 

    Why Aren’t Fragrance Ingredients Disclosed?

    It’s hard for consumers to know what exactly is in fragrance because of the lack of transparency on product labels. According to the U.S. FDA, it’s legal for companies to protect their exact fragrance ingredients as a trade secret, so they are only required to list that there is fragrance on product labels. Laws in Canada and the European Union are similar.

    This naming convention was developed by the International Nomenclature for Cosmetic Ingredients. “Under this naming convention, components of a fragrance can be listed as individual ingredients or can be listed under the term ‘parfum’ (in the E.U. and Canada) or ‘fragrance’ (in the U.S.),” according to Health Canada

    The European Union follows this convention but is a little stricter. Common fragrance ingredients in cosmetics that are known allergens must be specifically named on labels. There are currently 26 ingredients on this list but it may soon expand to include 82

    Note that this fragrance labeling applies to cosmetics, a category applied to a wide range of products. Here is the U.S. legal definition for cosmetics, which is similar to that of Canada and the E.U.: “Articles intended to be applied to the human body for cleansing, beautifying, promoting attractiveness, or altering the appearance without affecting the body’s structure or functions.”

    Labeling requirements for other commonly fragranced products, such as cleaning products and candles, are even less strict in many countries because these products are not meant to be applied to your body. In the U.S. and Canada, for instance, companies are not required to list any ingredients unless they are known to pose an immediate hazard (and, as you’ll read below, there is a lot that’s unknown about chemicals for home and personal use).

    Are Fragrances Safe to Use?

    Well, that depends. Studies show that some fragrance ingredients are allergens, immune toxicants, endocrine disruptors, or carcinogens (substances capable of causing cancer). Some fragrances are responsible for dermatitis, migraines, asthma, gastric distress, or other conditions… the list goes on.

    In the U.S., fragrances in personal care products are regulated by the Food and Drug Administration as cosmetics, but are not actually tested or approved due to their external rather than internal use. These ingredients are legally supposed to be safe when used as intended, but the responsibility for safety is left up to the manufacturer. Here is what the FDA says about cosmetics

    “Neither the law nor FDA regulations require specific tests to demonstrate the safety of individual products or ingredients. The law also does not require cosmetic companies to share their safety information with FDA.”

    Canadian fragrance laws are similar to those in the U.S. and the industry is mostly self-regulating, according to the Canadian government.

    When it comes to cleaning products, U.S.-based consumer advocate Sloan Barnett thinks that “manufacturers don’t want to scare off consumers by disclosing how many potentially harmful chemicals are flying under the EPA’s radar in their products,” according to Scientific American. “The fact is that the government has no idea whether most of the chemicals used in everyday cleaning products are safe because it doesn’t test them, and it doesn’t require manufacturers to test them either,” Barnett said. 

    Fragrance industry proponents say that even hazardous chemicals can be safe to use in small doses. But there are so many unknowns about how even small exposures may add up over time, or how different chemicals may combine to create a larger effect on the human body. 

    A good film to watch on this subject is the documentary Stink!, which is now available for free on YouTube. The film’s director, Jon Whelan, often talks about the “fragrance loophole.” “If you see the word ‘fragrance’ in the ingredient list then don’t buy it; [companies are] trying to fool you,” he wrote on the Stink! blog. 

    Are Fragrances Safe for the Environment?

    The environmental impacts of fragrances haven’t been studied nearly enough, but existing research does show that these chemicals pollute air and water. 

    Fragrances are persistent air pollutants because they’re designed to vaporize (so people can smell them!). A 2018 study by the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration found that scented products contain volatile organic compounds (VOCs) that cause a concerning amount of air pollution. Specifically regarding laundry products, another study noted that “emissions from dryer vents, during the use of fragranced laundry products, contain numerous VOCs that affect outdoor air quality, such as acetaldehyde, a hazardous air pollutant.” Acetaldehyde is classified by the Environmental Protection Agency as a carcinogen. 

    Fragrances also pollute waterways, particularly when wastewater is discharged into the environment. Italian researchers, for instance, found that many long-lasting fragrance ingredients were present in the Venice lagoon. In a U.S. drinking water plant, scientists found that synthetic fragrance ingredients were present in drinking water even after treatment. These compounds were also present in the surface waters of the nearby Iowa River, one of countless waterways that receives treated wastewater.

    We don’t truly know all of the health and environmental impacts of fragrances, even though many of us use fragranced products every day.

    How to Avoid Fragrances

    When it comes to fragrances, it’s better to be on the safe side and minimize exposure. Here are a few tips:

    1. Read the ingredients

    Be aware that if a product is marketed as “unscented” or “fragrance free,” this isn’t a guarantee that the product doesn’t contain undisclosed scented ingredients. (Confusing, right?) Some manufacturers add scent to neutralize or mask potentially unpleasant odors from other ingredients. It’s necessary to actually read the ingredients list, and if “fragrance” or another ambiguous term such as “perfume,” “parfum,” or “aroma,” is listed, try another product. Or, consider doing some research — sometimes on the brand’s website they’ll disclose more information about their exact fragrance ingredients.

    2. Find safer products on the Environmental Working Group’s site

    The EWG is a nonprofit that builds “consumer guides to help you learn about the hidden health dangers in your food, water and everyday products to make better decisions.” You can search for safer household and personal care products on their website

    3. Skip the product

    There are some heavily fragranced products you can skip altogether: check out My Green Closet’s article, “Why You Should Stop Using Fabric Softeners & Dryer Sheets.” By streamlining the products you use regularly, you will not only save money but will also expose yourself to fewer chemicals.

    4. Wear protective gear

    When working with fragranced cleaning products, consider wearing a mask and gloves to limit exposure. 

    5. Get some house plants

    Did you know many common houseplants help filter indoor air? A NASA study on three common pollutants — benzene, formaldehyde, and trichloroethylene, which are often found in fragrances —  found that certain house plants such as Pothos and Peace Lily are excellent air purifiers. Another great excuse to fill your house with plants!

    Top Dress Rentals in Canada 2023

    Why buy a dress when you can rent it!? Renting formal dresses and outfits has so many great benefits such as saving you money and being more sustainable – check out this article to learn more about renting clothes.

    Special occasion dress rentals are the perfect time to get that dream dress without the huge price tag, without worrying about dry cleaning, and without it hanging in the closet unworn for years after.

    You may have heard of Rent the Runway, but luckily in Canada we also have some great rental options! Here’s where to rent wedding, formal, photoshoot, and prom dresses in major Canadian cities and online:

    Jump to:

    Toronto
    Montreal
    Ottawa
    Vancouver
    Calgary
    Edmonton

    Online Dress Rental Services that Ship Across Canada

    Image credit: Mila Slip Dress in Rust by Lexi from The Fitzroy

    The Fitzroy

    Our favorite for their excellent selection and customer service. The Fitzroy has an extensive collection of formal and special event dress rentals including bridal and wedding dresses, prom dresses, bridesmaid dresses, black tie dresses, maternity photoshoot dresses, cocktail dresses and more!

    Sizes: 0 – 18 and maternity

    Cost: Dress rentals start at $75 for 4 days

    Rent a Dress

    Large collection of formal dresses for rent including prom, cocktail, gala, bridesmaid, mother of the bride, and wedding guest dresses. Rent a Dress does both virtual and in-person fittings.

    Sizes: S – L (and a few XL)

    Cost: Rentals start at $95

    Beyond the Runway

    One time or monthly subscription of clothing and designer bags.

    Sizes: S – L

    Cost: One time rentals start at $60

    Kelley in a sequin dress from Beyond the Runway

    Your Favourite Dresses

    Your Favourite Dresses has been around since 2009! They have a large selection of formal, bridesmaid, cocktail, engagement, bachelorette, and wedding guest dresses.

    Sizes: 4 – 10

    Cost: 4 day rental start at $69

    La Maison Talulah Incognito Midi Dress from Sprout Collection

    Sprout Collection

    While they mainly focus on monthly subscriptions for everyday and maternity wardrobe rentals, Sprout Collection also has a selection of cocktail and occasion dresses that can be rented for a week – perfect for parties or wedding guests!

    Cost: $79 for 2 items for 7 days

    Reheart

    Imagine having a ton of stylish friends who could all borrow from each other’s closets. With Reheart you can borrow pieces from their lender stylist’s wardrobes.

    Sizes: 0 – 12

    Cost: Dress rentals start at $45


    Dress Rental in Montreal

    By Rotation

    Designer formal dress rental by appointment. Dresses and gowns for galas, black tie events, weddings, prom and more.

    Sizes: 0 – 12

    Location: By appointment at 1350 Rue Mazurette suite 114 Montréal

    La Jolie Robe

    Specializing in wedding, bridesmaid, and evening gowns, La Jolie Robe offers both rental and purchase options.

    Cost: Dresses start at $50, evening gowns start at $100 for 8 days

    Location: By appointment at 100 Boulevard Harwood, Vaudreuil-Dorion


    Dress Rentals in Toronto

    The Fitzroy

    Our favorite for their fantastic selection and customer service. The Fitzroy has an extensive collection of formal and special event dress rentals including bridal and wedding dresses, prom dresses, bridesmaid dresses, black tie dresses, maternity photoshoot dresses, cocktail dresses and more!

    Sizes: 0 – 18 and maternity

    Cost: Dress rentals start at $75 for 4 days

    Location: 225 Sterling Rd, Toronto

    Kelley in a pink prom dress from The Fitzroy

    Rent the Couture

    Specializing in princess gowns and ball gowns for photoshoots.

    Sizes: Most gowns are one size, “with adjustable back corset and fit from an X-Small to a Large”

    Cost: $100 – $300 for 2 days (+$50 for outdoor shoots)

    Location: By appointment, downtown Toronto


    Dress Rentals in Calgary

    Image credit: Mason Midi Dress – Elle Zeitoune from Rent a Dress

    Rent a Dress

    Large collection of formal dresses for rent including prom, cocktail, gala, bridesmaid, mother of the bride, and wedding guest dresses. Rent a Dress does both virtual and in-person fittings.

    Sizes: S – L (+ a few XL)

    Cost: Dress rentals start at $95

    Location: Book a fitting at Suite 200 – 638 11 Ave. SW, Calgary, AB

    Rock the Rental

    Looking for a statement dress? Rock the Rental has a collection of bold and unique dresses for parties, special occasions, prom and photoshoots.

    Sizes: 4 – 10, XS – XL

    Cost: Dress rentals start at $100

    Location: Ships to Calgary and surrounding area


    Dress Rental in Ottawa

    Closet in the Sky

    Prom, party, bridesmaid and non-traditional wedding dresses available for rent.

    Sizes: 0 – 22

    Cost: Dress rentals start at $35 for 4 days

    Location: By appointment at 1 Rideau Street, Ottawa


    Dress Rentals in Vancouver & Area

    Image credit: Lexi Venus Dress from Once Twice

    Once Twice

    Collection of formal, prom, party, and costume dresses.

    Sizes: 0 – 10

    Cost: Dress rentals start at $50 for 4 days

    Location: By appointment in their Burnaby showroom

    The Collective

    Party, cocktail and wedding guest dresses available for rent online.

    Sizes: 2 – 10, XS – XL

    Cost: Dress rentals start at $50 for 4 days


    Dress Rental in Edmonton

    The Dress Library

    Dress and costume rentals for special occasions, prom and parties, including vintage options.

    Sizes: XS – XL (and a few plus size options)

    Cost: Dress rentals start at $30

    Location: By appointment in Edmonton

    Kelley in a Green satin dress from The Dress Library

    Any other Canadian dress rental companies we missed?

    Can the Metaverse Change the Face of Unethical Fashion?

    Whether you fully understand it or not, chances are you’re already participating in the metaverse. While there is still much debate on what a truly immersive metaverse experience is, proto-metaverse worlds have existed for years, and are gaining popularity by the day. According to BoF, 72% of US consumers have accessed a virtual world within the last twelve months, with more than half showing interest in purchasing an online asset. This includes the virtual worlds created by the online gaming industry, and the use of metaverse technology driving employee collaboration in the hybrid workplace.

    So, what is the metaverse, and what does it mean for the fashion industry?

    The metaverse refers to a 3D virtual realm where users can shop, work, socialize, and perform all the actions of their physical reality from the comfort of their homes. While the term has been used to signify a shared space, games like Roblox and Fortnite have created virtual realities that boast an estimated 50 and 25 million daily users, respectively. According to Vogue Business, the popularity of gaming has lifted the gaming industry—which is a huge part of the metaverse—to a $222 billion valuation. As a result, fashion brands have accelerated their efforts to stake their claim in the industry.

    More and more, people are dressing their avatars in the metaverse—and are often willing to pay for more choices. The popularity of digital wearables, and events like the first-ever Metaverse Fashion Week in 2022—with brands like Dolce & Gabbana, Estée Lauder, Etro, and Tommy Hilfiger—could be a positive sign for those who are concerned about oversupply and waste. Sensorium points to “massive margins” for retailers, but also the possible elimination of excessive inventory. With a digital-first approach, brands can increase customer engagement, access secondary market profits, and only create physical garments when they choose to, or on a demand basis. 

    The benefits to the environment could be tremendous. Fashionabc puts this in context when they make mention that the production of digital clothing emits 97% less carbon dioxide and saves a whopping 3000 liters of water per item than the physical alternative. If brands actually made the shift to producing more digital clothing than physical clothing, this would create a more sustainable fashion industry.  As such, it should be safe to assume that this substitute would contribute positively to the shift towards sustainability. 

    Are Fashion Brands Actually More Sustainable Because of the Metaverse?

    The emergence of the conscious consumer is putting pressure on brands to leverage technology to improve their production and supply chain processes. However, this commitment is yet to be truly realized for most brands. On the other hand, selling garments in the metaverse enables brands to increase their revenue with a limited impact on the environment. Some of the brands engaging with customers in the metaverse include the creation of Gucci Garden and Gucci Town and the pioneers identified by The Drum—Burberry’s partnership with Mythical Games on the Blankos Block Party game, Balenciaga’s creation of a virtual pop-up store in Fortnite, and the launch of the Louis Game which includes custom Louis Vuitton clothing and collectable NFTs.

    In a January 2023 article, Glossy explores H&M’s alleged promotion of sustainability in the metaverse. Unfortunately, critics have slammed their efforts, starting with H&M’s appointment of Maisie Williams as a sustainability ambassador in 2021, citing her lack of experience in the field. The Swedish fast-fashion giant then launched their PETA-approved digital fashion collection. This along with their 2023 Roblox launch, has seen the brand come under fire for advocating circular fashion in gaming without fulfilling their environmental promise in their physical production practices.

    In light of this, while the metaverse could provide many benefits, fast fashion and luxury brands still have a long way to go when it comes to enacting ethical practices and reducing the production of physical garments. According to Good On You, these retailers use digital fashion as a marketing tool to attract more customers rather than address their processes. Unfortunately, this alternative revenue stream has an additional impact on the environment, as brands use energy-intensive NFTs to increase digital customer engagement like Adidas x Prada, Chito x Givenchy, and Bulgari. While the effects of NFTs are less than physical production, using them as a marketing tool instead of an opportunity to lessen production compounds their overall environmental impact.

    On the bright side, the digital realm provides a platform for creators to enter a highly profitable market with the potential of bypassing traditional gatekeepers. Moreover, fashion enthusiasts can turn their attention to purely digital fashion brands like The Fabricant and The Republique. The former was made famous when Richard Ma, a businessman from San Fransico bought a £7,500 maxi dress for his wife—a digital garment photoshopped onto her picture—as referenced by Singapore-based FEMALE magazine. On the other hand, The Republique has a comprehensive collection in their digital store with vests and t-shirts starting at more palatable price points like £3. These and the many other fashion brands participating in this space are a testament to the endless possibilities for metaverse designers, consumers, and the real proponents of sustainable fashion.

    Londre Bodywear Review (Large Bust & Midsize)

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    (please note: some affiliate links are used in this post which means we may get a small commission)

    Londre‘s sustainable one-piece swimwear and bikinis are described as “insanely flattering” and “the most flattering swimsuit”. So when looking for new swimwear I decided to test these claims and write an honest Londre Bodywear review.

    I took Londre’s crossback one-piece on a recent trip and as a midsize (typically wear a size Large), petite woman in her 30s I wasn’t sure how the revealing cut was going to work for me. I especially wanted to see how the swimsuit worked on a larger bust (I have a DD cup) since most Londre styles don’t appear very supportive.

    After some testing here’s my review:

    Londre’s Style and Fit

    Too Sexy?

    I honestly think Londre swimwear looks great and their flattering claims are well-founded. However whether you actually feel confident, sexy, and comfortable is another story.

    The suit shows a lot of skin which I realized was a little too much for me. While I’m usually very comfortable showing some skin at the beach, the cleavage + side boob + cheeky cut all at the same time pushed my comfort. I ended up wishing it was either higher cut at the neck, or had more fabric across the bust, or more coverage on the bum. I often felt like I wanted to pull it up or down for a little more coverage but that of course just makes the other side more revealing.

    *Important to note though; I went on this recent trip with my in-laws which certainly contributed to the feeling of ‘showing too much skin’. I mostly wore my other swimsuit when hanging out with family. I likely would have felt more comfortable if it was just with my partner or friends.

    Londre Bodywear Review - crossback one-piece swimwear

    Although the suit does delivers on it’s promise of being flattering. The material is very stretchy and compressive and they clearly spent a lot of time developing their cut to hug and highlight curves, and create beautiful shapes.

    If you want a sexy swimsuit and are comfortable showing a lot of skin then definitely check Londre Bodywear out!

    Image credit: Londre Bodywear

    Since they do make high quality sustainable swimwear and clearly have flattering and well-fitting cuts, I’ve actually ordered another suit from them, the Bond Rashguard. It has more coverage and I plan on doing more swimming and water activities with my family this summer, so I think it will be a great suit for that and also having some protection from the sun!

    Sizing

    I found their size chart to be accurate and the size I went with based on my measurements (L) worked well and was true to size. They also have a very helpful “Calculate my Size” feature which will recommend a size based on whether you prefer a tighter, regular or looser fit, and you can see how it will fit across your bust, waist, and hips – great feature!

    Even though I went with a slightly looser fit in some areas, it still felt compressive and snug, even when wet. The “calculate my size” recommendation fit how I expected it, which is always great (especially when ordering a swimsuit online). Although if it doesn’t fit they do offer free exchanges.

    Londre Bodywear has an inclusive and plus size range with sizes from XS – 5XL available. They also have some one-piece ‘long’ options for people who are taller/have longer torsos.

    Londre Bodywear one-piece fit and support review

    Is Londre’s Swimwear Supportive?

    I choose the crossback one-piece suit because it is supposed to be a more supportive version of their most bestselling suit, The Minimalist. While I wouldn’t recommend this suit if you’re looking for a lot of support and want do swimming or water sports; I had low expectations and it did surprise me the amount of support there is given how little fabric is across the bust.

    The support all comes from how compressive the swimsuit material is – so there are no cups and nothing under the bust for support. This means that especially if you have large cups, your breasts will move and shift around. I felt secure enough that I wasn’t going to slip out but still needed to do some readjusting, especially when swimming and playing in the water.

    If you are looking for a little more support you can choose a tighter fit on the bust using their ‘Calculate my Size’ tool, or some of the two-piece swimsuit styles provide support under the bust.

    Various models in Londre swimwear
    Image credit: Londre Bodywear

    Quality & Price

    The key element to Londre’s flattering suits is their high-quality fabric which has excellent stretch and retention and is double-layered for opacity and compression. It’s definitely not filmsy swimwear!

    The suit is also clearly well-sewn and made to last. Since Londre manufactures locally in Vancouver they ensure not only ethical manufacturing but also quality construction. Londre Bodywear claims their workers are paid “above living wage” which is what I always want to hear.

    Price – Is Londre Worth it?

    Londre’s swimwear ranges from $138 – $168 CAD for one-pieces and $78 – $148 CAD each for tops and bottoms. Which I think is a fair price, especially considering you are getting a very good-quality, sustainable, and ethically-made swimsuit.

    If the price point is out of your budget right now, keep an eye on their ‘Final Few’ section and they also have sales a few times a year.

    Image credit: Londre Bodywear

    Sustainability & Fabric

    Londre Bodywear uses a fabric made from primarily recycled plastics bottles, blended with some Chitosante (an anti-bacterial and odor-resistant fabric made from byproduct shellfish shells) and spandex/elastane. Their fabrics are also Oeko-Tex certified and all water used in production is recycled in a closed-loop system.

    In their production and cutting Londre works to minimize waste, and also has a recycling, take-back program for old suits.

    Additionally, Londre gives back to ocean clean-up, reforestation, and coral reef restoration projects.

    Is Londre Bodywear Vegan?

    Since Chitosante comes from shellfish shells some vegans avoid it, however some are also okay with it because of the byproduct and waste aspects. It’s a personal decision.


    Finally, if you’re interested in getting a swim, you can use Londre Bodywear coupon code VERENA15 for 15% off!


    Looking for other sustainable swimwear styles? Check out our swim brand roundup!

    12 Sustainable & Organic Pajamas for a Comfortable Night’s Sleep

    posted in brand roundups

    Throughout our lives, we spend an average 33 years in bed, according to The Huffington Post. That’s an enormous 26 years sleeping and 7 years (seven!) trying to fall asleep. The very least we can do is to give this time the value and attention it deserves.

    The internet is full of experts and gurus dispensing advice to sleep soundly, such as ditching electronics 30 minutes before bedtime or practicing breathing exercises to increase the likelihood of falling asleep faster. Although one simpler way to answer the burning question, “How can I sleep better at night naturally?” is to consider what you’re wearing — or not wearing — in bed.

    Picking the right nightwear could really help improve the quality of your sleep. So what should you look for when choosing what to wear in bed?

    • Comfort: this often comes down to finding your correct size. If you opt for a pajama that’s too big or baggy, you may end up finding it uncomfortable to turn over in your sleep; on the other hand, overly tight clothing may even cause circulation problems.  
    • Materials: go full-on breathability and thermoregulating fabrics. If you sleep hot, have hot flashes or have night sweats, you definitely need to choose different sleepwear than if you typically sleep cold. (Tencel or linen tends to be cooling and better for hot sleepers, or for cold sleepers try thicker cotton.)
    • Design: for instance, while the button-down shirt and pants sets every sleepwear brand is selling these days are admittedly cool, some may find the design and buttons uncomfortable, especially if you’re used to sleeping on your stomach.

    We put together a list of the most ethical PJs and nightwear for all tastes and needs, so you can all get that Ahhh! feeling when you lay down in bed after a long day.

    (please note: some affiliate links are used in this post which means we may get a small commission)
    Image credit: Pact

    Pact

    Pact is great if you’re looking for organic cotton pajamas for the whole family. The brand makes basics and clothing for women, men, and kids in Fair Trade certified factories in India. All of Pact’s collections are crafted with GOTS certified organic cotton and its sleepwear line is soft, breathable and stretchy enough to be the perfect choice for those who toss and turn all night. 

    Price: USD 20-54

    Size range: XS – 2XL

    Values: Sustainable materials, GOTS certified, Fair Trade, factory transparency, gives back, plastic-free packaging, seasonless collections

    Availability: Based in the US, ships worldwide


    Image credit: Coyuchi

    Coyuchi

    Each Coyuchi product is planned with “a meticulous focus on comfort, quality, and natural beauty”. Inspired by the pristine shores of its birthplace in Point Reyes, California, the brand produces home textiles and loungewear in the warming shades of soil and earth, and the cooling aqua blue palettes. Coyuchi’s collection of 100% organic cotton pajamas for women and men, sleep shirts, and knit cotton nightgowns aims at making every night feel like a slumber party.

    Price: USD 38-98

    Size range: XS – XL

    Values: Sustainable materials, GOTS certified, factory transparency, take-back recycling program, gives back, seasonless collections

    Availability: Based in the US, ships worldwide


    Image credit: Underprotection

    Underprotection

    If you’re on the hunt for a pajama set you can put a pair of heels under and wear on a night out, you’re in the right place. Underprotection is a Danish brand that makes lingerie, swimwear, and loungewear using sustainable fabrics like TENCEL™ Lyocell, organic cotton, recycled materials, and innovative fibers crafted from banana leaves and milk. The brand has recently launched a take-back program to recycle or upcycle your Underprotection pieces, worn out from being (no doubt!) your favorite items.


    Price: USD 28-110

    Size range: XS – XL

    Values: Sustainable materials, Recycled materials, OEKO-TEX certified fabrics, take-back recycling program,

    Availability: Based in Denmark, ships worldwide


    Image credit: MATE

    MATE the Label

    Known for their great basics and loungewear, MATE the Label also has a stylish collection of pajama pants, shorts, shirts, tops, and robes made from a comfy blend of Tencel and organic cotton. They also have a recycling program where to can send back your old clothes.

    They are a Californian brand though and through, both with their effortless style and being based in LA all their manufacturing happens within 15 miles of their office.

    Price: USD 48-98

    Size range: XS – 3X

    Values: Sustainable materials, factory transparency, climate neutral, plastic-free packaging, take-back recycling program, gives back, seasonless collections

    Availability: Based in the US, ships


    Image credit: Printfresh

    Printfresh

    Printfresh is the go-to for those who love prints and colors, even in bed. This lifestyle and sleepwear brand is inspired by plants and animals, and all of their sleep sets are 100% cotton. Founder Amy believes that “there is a way to produce products with great care”, and she and her team do that by cutting down waste and emissions throughout production and shipping, by using natural fabrics like organic cotton, and by keeping an anti-fast fashion approach overall.

    Price: USD 84-248

    Size range: 2XS – 6XL

    Values: Sustainable materials, low waste production, vegan, gives back

    Availability: Based in the US, ships worldwide


    Image credit: Q for Quinn

    Q for Quinn

    Looking for linen? Q for Quinn has a collection of natural (undyed) linen sleep and loungewear. Since Q for Quinn was born from trying to find clothes that are gentle on sensitive skin and eczema, they carefully select their fabrics. Their sleep collection contains no dyes and is also Oeko-Tex certified.

    Q for Quinn is also a GOTS certified brand and ethically makes their socks, underwear, and apparel in Portugal.

    Price: CAD 110-165

    Size range: XS – 2X

    Values: Sustainable materials, GOTS certified, OEKO-TEX certified, gives back, seasonless collections

    Availability: Based in Canada, ships worldwide


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    Araks

    Araks makes luxury pajamas, loungewear and slips in organic cotton, organic linen, and OEKO-TEX 100 certified silk you don’t want to take off in the morning. Zoom calls don’t need proper pants anyways, right? And if you’re obsessed by colors and their infinite combinations as much as this brand’s founder is, check out how and where she gets her inspiration from.

    Price: USD 205-680

    Size range: XXS – 2XL

    Values: Sustainable materials, GOTS certified, OEKO-TEX certified, recycled/reclaimed materials, low waste production, factory transparency

    Availability: Based in the US, ships worldwide


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    Dilli Grey

    This UK-based brand makes organic women’s pajamas and loungewear — including robes and slippers — following artisanal techniques and taking inspiration from traditional Rajhasthani block prints. Dilli Grey is working hard to keep cutting down on its carbon emissions and plastic usage, and the brand is also investing more and more energies and resources into extending the size range of its products, always making sure that the designs “fit and flatter both ends of the spectrum”.

    Price: USD 20-126

    Size range: S – XL

    Values: Sustainable materials, reclaimed materials, GOTS certified, low waste production, body-inclusive models

    Availability: Based in the UK, ships worldwide


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    Yes And

    This small US-based brand makes basics and essentials including casualwear, loungewear, and sleepwear. Yes And’s sleepwear collection caters to all tastes as it includes the classic shirt and pants sets, basic tank and shorts, and also tunics and night dresses — all made using 100% organic cotton (farmed through regenerative techniques) and low-impact dyes.

    Price: USD 40-75

    Size range: XS – XL

    Values: Sustainable materials, GOTS Certified, factory transparency

    Availability: Based in the US, ships worldwide


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    Tekla

    Established in Copenhagen in 2017, Tekla offers an elegant collection of sleepwear for everybody. All its pieces are developed with a timeless perspective, “made to be lived in and made to last”. At Tekla, they do not define the brand as “sustainable” — because “bringing new products into the world is fundamentally at odds with the definition of sustainability” — but they do strive to be more responsible. The brand only uses natural and renewable fibers and it’s committed to full transparency and traceability.

    Price: USD 110-170

    Size range: XXS – XL

    Values: Sustainable materials, OEKO-TEX certified, factory transparency, gives back

    Availability: Based in Denmark, ships worldwide


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    Boody

    Boody makes sleepwear and nighties for women, men, and kids, crafting all its products from breathable and soft bamboo fabric (read more about bamboo clothing here). The brand is not only committed to using organic materials but also to investing in “innovative ways to upcycle, recycle and reduce waste”. You’ll love Boody’s simple designs if you like to sleep well, but without too many frills.

    Price: USD 27-62

    Size range: XS – XL

    Values: Sustainable materials, vegan, B Corp certified, OEKO-TEX certified, plastic-free packaging, take-back recycling program, gives back, factory transparency

    Availability: Based in AU, ships worldwide


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    General Sleep

    “Created for nappers, loungers, dreamers and explorers”, General Sleep’s unique range of pajama sets, robes, and slippers are a true definition of relaxation and comfort. And beauty, of course. We can easily imagine ourselves sipping our morning coffee in the GOTS and OEKO-TEX certified Camilla Set while on holiday on a Greek island. Ahhh.  

    Price: USD 129-262

    Size range: XS – XL

    Values: Sustainable materials, GOTS Certified, OEKO-TEX certified, Fair Trade certified

    Availability: Based in NZ, ships worldwide


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