Wish you could easily find better, more eco-friendly and sustainable clothing basics for your kids? These brands all offer high-quality basics for kids that are made with sustainable materials.
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Can anyone explain to me why it’s so hard to find high-quality, simple clothing basics for kids? When I shop for clothes for my boys, nearly everything is covered in phrases like “Dad’s MVP” or “Mom’s Cutie Patootie”. Particularly when my boys were younger, I had the hardest time finding clothes for them that didn’t say something silly.
As they get older and more into sports, they gravitate toward clothes that are covered in sports logos and images (when I let them peruse clothing themselves). At this age, I still do most of the shopping for my 6 and 8-year old boys. I haven’t offered them too many choices yet. In due time, I’m sure they will ask to be more involved, but for now, it’s smooth sailing.
Like many parents, I prefer simple basics that aren’t drowning in logos, embellishments, and glitter. Luckily, there are a handful of brands that offer simple but stylish basics for kids made with eco-friendly materials and with ethical supply chains in mind. Here are a few of our favorite eco-friendly fashion brands for kids.
6 Clothing Companies That Sell Great Sustainable Basics For Kids
We have many pieces from Primary that we’ve had for a while. The boys love them. I think they are great, and they’ve held up well to the wear and tear of two young boys. (That’s saying something.) They also fit my boys well. Both my boys are quite thin, so I have a hard time finding clothes (especially pants) that are long enough but don’t fall down to their ankles. Primary clothes fit my thin little guys well, and the pieces have been great additions to their wardrobe.
I love Primary as an eco-friendly option for a few reasons. First and foremost, they make seasonless, gender-neutral clothes that last. The most sustainable thing we can wear is the thing that’s already in our closet, so long-lasting clothes that can survive the wear and tear of kids is eco-friendly in and of itself.
Further, Primary is actively striving to make their product lines increasingly more eco-friendly by using recycled materials in their swimsuits and denim and transitioning to organic cotton. Since inception, their clothes have met the OEKO-Tex Standard 100 Certification indicating they are free from over 300 chemicals and known irritants.
I also love that Primary has a reasonable price point. Many eco-friendly brands have really high prices tags, often due to the labor and materials costs. Their prices are unfair but they are unattainable for many consumers. By keeping their products really simple in streamlined colors and entirely seasonless, Primary can keep its prices down relative to other eco-friendly brands.
They also have a fantastic collection of Halloween ideas because their basic pieces make great bases for Halloween costumes that can be dressed up for the one-day celebration and then worn again on regular days. I’m always on the hunt for good alternatives to the cheap, junky Halloween costumes that end up in the trash not long after they are worn.
Finally, Primary has a school fundraiser program through which a school can set up a fundraiser and 10% of all purchases go back to the school. I think this is a great way to help fund our schools if we need to buy some basics for our little ones anyway.
Orbasics offers a line of great, simple pieces that are gender-neutral, made with 100% organic cotton, and built to last. All of the organic cotton is certified under Global Organic Textile Standards (GOTS). This means that the cotton is grown without the use of genetically modified seeds, harmful pesticides, chemicals or toxins, which is great for the planet and also for our children’s skin. As the largest organ of our body, we often forget about the chemicals our skin may absorb from our clothes.
Thanks to Orbasics for sending each of my boys a pair of their Oh-So-Easy Pants to try out!
BeyaMade is a small but mighty brand that makes pieces that grow with kids. It sounds crazy, but it’s true. Laurel, the owner, creates pieces that have extra snaps or buttons or elastic to allow pieces to grow and expand as the child grows.
All the pieces are handmade with sustainable materials and so adorable. Many are gender-neutral pieces. I’ve shared more about BeyaMade in the past and the adorable pink BeyaMade romper I gifted to my sister last year.
They are well-known for their pajamas and so many cute kids clothes, but they also have a line of Bright Kids Basics. Nearly all of their clothes are made with fabrics that are Certified by OEKO-TEX® Standard 100. The STANDARD 100 by OEKO-TEX® is a worldwide consistent, independent testing and certification system that helps ensure various harmful chemicals are not included in raw, semi-finished and finished textile products. Additionally, in accordance with the California Transparency in Supply Chains Act, they also share information about the Code of Conduct they use and the procedures they have in place to help ensure their products are not manufactured with child labor.
Colored Organics makes all of their clothing with 100% GOTS-certified organic cotton and also places an emphasis on ethical working conditions for its employees and makers. It only works with factories that provide fair wages and appropriate working environments for their employees. They also use a portion of their proceeds to help a featured non-profit organization each month. (They are based in my hometown, so that might hold a special place in my heart.) 🙂
Lark Adventurewear makes ethical and sustainable basics for infants and toddlers that is made from 60% cotton and 40% bamboo fabric. The fabric is Oeko-tex 100 Certified, and they are made in the United States. They have really cute pieces like onesies and fun but simple dresses with adorable prints that aren’t at all obnoxious or overdone.