Organic & Sustainable Kids Clothing

As everyone says, they grow up so quickly! I can’t believe we already have a toddler, but that also means we’ve had the opportunity to test out many eco friendly and organic children’s clothing brands. Here are our top, tried and tested picks for sustainable kids clothes – for comfort, style, and quality of the products, as well as the brand’s values and practices. Plus these brands also have a good selection of more gender neutral kids clothes if that’s something you’re also looking for!

I generally try to stick to more affordable sustainable brands (I can’t pay $50 for a t-shirt) but there are options for different budgets. Later in the post I also explain how I’ve built a sustainable wardrobe from my daughter with a budget.

This roundup include organic clothing for newborns, babies, toddlers, and children up to age 12-14. The brands are based in USA, Canada, and UK/Europe.

Organic Baby & Kids Clothes

(please note: some affiliate links may be used in this post)

Quick Reference Symbols
Price (based on the average price for a t-shirt)
$ – 20 -29
$$ – 30-39
$$$ – 40+

πŸ’• – Brand offers twinning/mini-me styles for adults and children

Pure Colour Baby

Ages: 0 – 8

Price: $$

Based In: Canada, ships international

Brand Features: Pure Colour Baby ‘s organic cotton clothing comes in adorable custom prints and a range of both classic and fun colours. Everything is made in-house in their Ontario studio.

Why We Love Them: Not only are the prints and colours lovely but their fabric is super soft! However the thing that I most love about Pure Colour Baby is their “grow-with-me” designs; we got a pullover from them in size 18m-3T which my daughter has been wearing for a year now and will definitely be able to yet another year of wear from. Definitely a worthwhile investment!


Hanna Andersson

Ages: 0 – 14

Price: $$

Based In: USA, ships international

Brand Features: Large selection of products for babies to tweens. Hanna Andersson is one of the original sustainable brands and has been using organic cotton, recycled materials, and lower impact dyes since the 90s. They also have a circular/upcycling program. Hanna Andersson uses OEKO-TEX certified materials and are GOTS certified.

πŸ’•- They are great for organic pajamas and even have adult ones if you’re looking for matching pjs for the family!

Why We Love Them: I appreciate their “hand-me-down” quality and have found some Hanna pieces in excellent condition secondhand; it’s also a well-known brand with great re-sale value.

Hanna Andersson is also a good brand to keep an eye on if your kids love certain characters, they often do Disney or other franchise licensing and are one of the few places you can get more sustainable licensed products.


Q for Quinn

Ages: 0 – 8

Price: $$

Based In: Canada, ships international

Brand Features: Born out of a need to find socks that were gentle on her son’s eczema, Q for Quinn makes organic and OEKO-Tex-100 certified cotton socks, tights, underwear and and pjs with adorable prints. They are GOTS certified.

πŸ’•- Their matching adult and children sock bundles make the fun and very practical gift!

Why We Love Them: Their socks are so soft and so cute! When my daughter was a baby and also suffering from eczema we loved their undyed “sensitive skin” socks. Now that she’s older she loves picking her Q for Quinn socks for the day and deciding between the fun colours and designs. We also have a couple pairs of their kids underwear which are also soft and well-made, I really like that they come in a boyshort style!


Mini Mioche

Ages: 0 – 12

Price: $

Based In: Canada and also has a US webshop, ships international

Brand Features: Quality basics and wardrobe staples in a range of colours. Mini Mioche manufactures their clothing locally in Canada. They also don’t use any plastic packaging and give back to various organizations.

Why We Love Them: If you’re looking for solid colour staples MM is definitely a brand to check out! They have a great range of colors and their pieces are super versatile and easy to mix and match with. We love them for filling in wardrobe “gaps” – resulting in lots of outfit combos for a kids capsule wardrobe.

I’ve also heard from other mom’s how it can be hard to mix and match outfits when so many clothes are printed, but having some solid colour staples is the solution!


Sustain

Ages: 0 – 4

Price: $$

Based In: USA, ships international

Brand Features: Organic AND naturally-dyed clothing. Sustain is committed to making fully biodegradable, plastic-free, organic and natural clothing, even down to their plant-based dyes! They have a collection of styles with beautiful hand-dyed patterns.

πŸ’•- While not specifically designed as twinning pieces, Sustain has adult styles dyed with the same natural colours.

Why We Love Them: There’s so much I love about Sustain, you can check out this post to learn more about their natural dyeing. I already owned some of their pieces so was very excited when they launched a children’s collection. Knowing how passionate owner Kat is about organic, safe, and non-toxic clothing I knew their onesies were exactly what I wanted for my newborn’s sensitive skin.


Living Crafts

Ages: 0 – 10

Price: $

Based In: Germany, ships international

Brand Features: Great brand for basics and especially organic pjs, socks, and underwear. Of the brands based in Europe we’ve tried, Living Crafts is great for a more affordable option! They are GOTS certified and part of Fair Wear.

Why We Love Them: This is another brand that my husband and I both enjoy wearing so we knew they’d also make great organic baby and children’s clothes!


Beya Made

Ages: 0 – 4

Price: $$$

Based In: USA, ships international

Brand Features: While Beya Made uses durable, soft, and sustainable linen instead of organic cotton, I still wanted to include them because they are a lovely brand with beautiful products. Their linen is sourced as deadstock and their pieces are made locally in the US.

Why We Love Them: Beya Made has the cutest rompers/dungarees! They are heirloom quality pieces and the adjustable design mean your child can get extra wear from it.


Pact

Ages: 0 – 10

Price: $

Based In: USA, ships international

Brand Features: Closet staples made from organic cotton in Fair Trade certified factories. Pact not only has clothes but also underwear and socks. Many of their products are sold in more affordable packs making it easier to stock up on essentials. They are GOTS certified and Fair Trade certified.

Why We Love Them: I own many Pact items myself and they are great staples. While I have had a few quality issues with Pact before the baby clothes we had from them didn’t any any issues, were super cute and fit well.


tentree

Ages: 1 – 5

Price: $

Based In: Canada, ships international

Brand Features: Nature inspired tees, hoodies, and sweats. tentree uses organic cotton, recycled polyester, and other sustainable materials like Tencel in their collection. In addition to planting 10 tree with every purchase they have a variety of sustainably and impact reduction initiatives.

Why We Love Them: Our whole family loves tentree! While they don’t have the largest selection of children’s clothes, they are fantastic for snuggly hoodies and sweatpants. My daughter can’t get enough of her “sunny hoodie”.


The Good Tee

Ages: 0 – 14

Price: $

Based In: Canada, ships

Brand Features: Looking for a good tee? You’re in the right place! The Good Tee is proud of their commitment to transparency and social responsibility and involved from seed to finished product. While they only have a small range of products they’re a great place to check out if you’re looking for t-shirts and tops for the family, or blank tees to customize.

Why We Love Them: I think it’s so cool that The Good Tee offers natural tie-dye kits. I love natural dyeing and made family tees this summer. My toddler was a little too young to get involved but I think an older child would love this activity!

πŸ’• – They also offer adult tees or you can tie-dye matching tees!


Parade’s harem pants

Parade Organics

Ages: 0 – 3

Price: $

Based In: Canada, ships international

Brand Features: Parade is best know for their cute pajamas and rompers, but they also offer baby and toddler clothes in soft organic cotton and sweet prints.

Why We Love Them: Parade’s ‘gown’ sleepers were my favourite item of clothing for an infant – they’re soft and snuggly and the open bottom makes them so easy for diaper changes. As my daughter got older we kept using and loving their clothing and pajamas (we’d often ask for a pair of pjs as gifts from friends and family).

Their harem pants are also wonderful if you’re clothing diapering and looking for pants with some extra room for the diaper.


Organic Zoo

Ages: 0 – 3

Price: $$$

Based In: UK, ships international

Brand Features: Timeless, unisex, and high quality styles made in Europe from organic, fair trade cotton. Organic Zoo manages a perfect balance between sophisticated yet whimsical and cute designs. Their more earthy colour palette is perfect for those with a natural/minimalist aesthetic or anyone looking for an alternative to the very bright options from most children’s brands.

Why We Love Them: We were gifted a couple Organic Zoo baby pieces and they were not only beautifully soft and well made but also so adorable! They’ve been passed on and because of the quality and unisex styles I’m sure they will be worn by many little ones.


Under the Nile

Ages: 0 – 2

Price: $

Based In: USA, ships international

Brand Features: Under the Nile makes baby clothing as well as cute cotton toys, swaddles and other baby products from organic Egyptian cotton which is grown on biodynamic farms. They are GOTS certified and Fair Trade certified.

Why We Love Them: I got a variety of Under the Nile baby clothes, muslins, clothes, swaddles and toys from EarthHero when my daughter was born and they were all great products!

Under the Nile is also one of the few companies that makes organic cotton training underwear starting at size 12m – great for EC! Even though it’s not clothing, I especially appreciate that their stuffed toys are also stuffed with organic cotton (the majority of organic cotton toys are unfortunately stuffed with polyester).


Accessories

Rain People

Ages: 0 – 3

Based In: Canada, ships international

Brand Features: Rain People‘s handmade, sustainable linen bonnets are beautiful heirloom pieces.

Why We Love Them: These are the sweetest bonnets – not only nice to keep the sun off but also so cute! My daughter had 2 which she wore all summer (one shorter brim, one longer) and they also make lovely gifts.


Soft Soul

Ages: 0 – 2

Based In: Canada, ships to Canada and US

Brand Features: Soft Soul makes baby and toddler soft sole slippers and shoes handmade from sustainable and vegan-friendly cork leather.

Why We Love Them: I found it incredibly challenging to find a more sustainable options for baby shoes, especially something that was lightweight and soft soled to aid with learning to walk. So I was thrilled to then discover Soft Soul and their vegan cork slippers – exactly what I had been searching for! My daughter wore her slippers almost everyday and we were very happy with the quality.


Myssyfarmi

Ages: 0 – 8

Based In: Finland, ships international

Brand Features: Warm, chunky, children’s and baby wool hats knit by locally grannies! Myssyfarmi‘s wool is organic and sourced locally from responsibly managed farms.

πŸ’• – Their main focus is on adult hats and accessories meaning the whole family can get matching Myssy hats!

Why We Love Them: There is nothing more quintessentially winter than a knit hat! Myssyfarmi’s hats not only are nice and cozy but also so cute and I love the brand’s ethos. Their kids hats are very stretchy and you can fold them up so your child should be able to wear them for a long time!


Our Favourite Sustainable Kids Online Stores (carrying multiple brands)

EarthHero

A fantastic marketplace for all kinds of sustainable products and they have a great selection of baby and children’s items from clothing and accessories to toys, dishes and more.

Mini-Cycle

A boutique of lovely, high quality, and sustainable children’s clothing and products. Mini-Cycle has a circular model and buys back all their products for resale or upcycling. It’s also a great place to get quality brands at more affordable secondhand prices.

How I Afford an Eco-Friendly Kids Wardrobe

Sustainable and ethically-made clothing is more expensive and you might get sticker shock if you’re new to shopping from more conscious brands. However please don’t immediately assume that these brands and products are out of budget. I don’t have a large budget for my daughter’s wardrobe and am still able to support some amazing “slow fashion” brands, here’s how I do it:

  1. Prioritize Secondhand Clothing and use new products to fill in the gaps. Secondhand clothing is the best for both sustainability and affordability. Whether it’s hand-me-downs, freecycling, or thrifting (here’s some great places to shop secondhand online) getting the majority of clothes secondhand can allow you to invest a little more in a few new sustainable items.
  2. Build a Capsule Wardrobe. Just like adults, most children have way more clothing than they actually use and need. The capsule wardrobe concept is fantastic for kids and allows you to have a functional wardrobe with lots of outfit combinations from a minimal number of items. Buying fewer clothes overall means you can budget a little more for each item.
  3. Consider Quality & Resale. Investing in better quality pieces and caring for them means you can often sell them when they no longer fit and use the money for future clothes. Kids can be hard on clothes, but there are some things you can do to increase the chances of keeping items in good shape:
    • Look for durable fabrics
    • Have your child wear an apron or specific clothes for messy activities
    • Treat stains as soon as you can
    • Learn from your child – for example if they always have issues with knees wearing out, it’s probably a good place to buy secondhand pants vs buying expensive organic pants (unless they are designed to be very durable and reinforced).
  4. Plan what to Invest in. It will depend on your child and lifestyle but there are always some items that are better to invest in than others. Generally a staple item that your child can fit and wear for a long time is going to be a much better place to budget more than a seasonal or specific items they might only wear a few times. Think about the “cost per wear” of what you’re buying.
  5. Wait for Sales. If you can’t afford a brand at full-price, sign up to their newsletter, follow them on social media, or check back for sales. Some brands (like Hanna Andersson, Pact, and Frugi) have big sales during the year and it’s a great time to pick up items.

Looking for eco friendly clothing for the whole family? Check out our roundup of sustainable brands that have women’s, men’s and children’s clothing!

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