You don’t have to be a hardcore environmentalist or social activist to recognize the tragedy of the fast fashion industry.
Our society’s problem with mass consumption has created a dangerous world for those working to keep up: excessive burning of fossil fuels, landfills overflowing with discarded clothes, unhealthy chemicals used and released, poor working conditions and terrible wages for families (even children) trying to earn a living.
I’ve said it before, but these realities break God’s heart.
Sometimes we pray and pray to God, asking Him to intervene when we hear about these circumstances. But one of my favorite quotes of all time comes from social activist and Jesus-lover Shane Claiborne, who writes in his book The Irresistible Revolution, “When we ask God to move a mountain, God may give us a shovel.”
So Darrin and I have been slowly shoveling our way through our wardrobes, taking steps towards transitioning from fast fashion to slow and sustainable fashion. Supporting companies that support and help alleviate the suffering of others (stay tuned for more on that!).
We’re rethinking our everyday, and we’re choosing to use the ordinary act of shopping to positively change and impact the world.
There are companies doing some amazing things for those around the globe (check out these 5 socially conscious jewelry lines!). And while Darrin and I have been transitioning our wardrobes, we’ve also been transitioning Olivia’s.
Below are 4 sustainable children’s clothing companies that are making a difference in the children’s fashion industry. And their pieces are absolutely adorable. Check them out for your next baby shower!
If you’re looking for incredibly soft basics to add to your child’s wardrobe (or your own, for that matter), make sure you browse Pact Organic. I’ve ordered a few of their women’s shirts and leggings for myself, as well as a couple of onesies and pairs of pants for Olivia.
Each item made by PACT uses non-toxic, organic cotton farming in an effort to completely change the way conventional cotton is farmed and manufactured. This, in my opinion, makes their pieces incredibly soft. Growing organic cotton is an important step forward in helping farmers and their families. It protects them from the harsh chemicals used in conventional cotton farming, which affects their food and water supply.
PACT prides itself in their responsible manufacturing as well as their sustainable and ethical certifications. Be sure to browse their kids clothing as well as adults!
One of my favorite parts of the Kate Quinn Organics line is the variety of prints and colors from one piece to the next. From palm trees to Arabian florals to the cute pineapple’s on Olivia’s playsuit, Kate Quinn Organics offers a variety of colorful and creative pieces for your baby.
The company strives to make every item using organically grown cotton and environmentally friendly dyes. Each item is made using Fair Trade practices under the global organic textile standards (GOTS), and, as their “About Us” page states, “Every little garmet makes a difference with the unprecedented opportunity to positively impact lives.”
Be sure to check out their fun prints and designs!
Colored Organics creates a variety of basic pieces and playful pieces for both babies and kids. All of their pieces are 100% organic and sweatshop free, reminding their customers that they want “children to play in our clothes, not make them.”
This is why Colored Organics is one of my favorite children’s clothing brands: up to 50% of your purchase goes to building orphanages for abandoned kids in India. How amazing is that? According to Colored Organics, abandoned children in India end up in 1 of 3 places: forced child labor, begging for food, or sex trafficking.
Your purchase from Colored Organics provides these abandoned babies with a different life. Education. Clean water. Daily meals. Clothing. Medical care. A sense of self-worth and love.
Colored Organics not only has an amazing mission but also make adorable children’s clothing. From soft pastels to darling prints, you’ll definitely want to browse their baby, boys, and girls collections!
Based in the UK, Little Green Radicals offers “organic fashion for free range kids.”
Their bright and playful pieces are made with organic cotton and support farmers based in India, who get a guaranteed price for their cotton and don’t suffer from the use of harsh chemicals.
Their manufacturing practices treat their workers fairly, giving them a livable wage, maternity leave, healthy working conditions, as well as workers’ rights. Check out their website to meet their team in India!
What I love about Little Green Radicals (aside from the name) is the colorful designs of each playsuit or dress. From stars to animals to flowers, Little Green Radicals offers breezy, movable pieces that are perfect for babies, toddlers, and older kids.
Also, the order that I placed for Olivia’s sun hat and summer dress arrived at my doorstep much faster than I anticipated. Check out their adorable pieces and play sets!
These brands are obviously “Olivia approved,” and they’re challenging the children’s fashion industry in some awesome ways. Check them out! And let me know you’re favorite pieces!
What other sustainable children’s clothing brands should we add to the list? I’d love to hear about more!