Whether you’ll soon be welcoming a newborn or looking for a sustainable gift for the little ones in your life, these eco-friendly baby clothes and kids clothes brands have you covered with everything from super sweet onesies and baby gowns to playtime wear and school clothing.
Why choose organic baby clothes and kids clothes?
You may notice an emphasis on organic fabrics in this post, and that is because…
Little one’s have more sensitive — and penetrable — skin.
As one study put it, “infant skin is functionally still developing” and the “impaired barrier function of newborn skin” makes a newborn “more susceptible to chemical irritation” In addition, a newborn’s skin surface area is 3 times greater than an adult’s, by volume.
Which means that if a newborn is exposed to the exact same amount of a substance as an adult, they may absorb much more of that substance. There haven’t been any studies done on the impact of fabrics on baby skin, but you may feel better about choosing organic for the littlest ones in your life.
It’s better for farmers and the planet.
It’s no secret that synthetic fabrics made from petroleum are damaging the environment, but we also have to talk about cotton. Conventional cotton — though sometimes advertised as “natural” and “eco” is actually one of the world’s most pesticide-ridden and genetically modified crops in the world. This means conventional cotton often creates hazards for farmers, ecosystems, and potentially the wearers as well.
What is GOTS-certified organic?
The GOTS certification, which standards for Global Organic Textile Standard, is the most reputable verification for organic fibers in the world.
This standard not only ensures that the crop (typically cotton or flax for linen) was grown organically, but also that every single step of the manufacturing process was done in an ecologically and socially responsible way.
This means things like no toxic chemicals or dyes were used and the factories were free of slave, child, or exploited labor. While no certification is perfect, including GOTS, you may feel more at ease knowing there was at least this layer of verification in the organic baby clothes and organic kids clothing you are purchasing.
Where can I find sustainable kids’ clothing and baby clothing?
So glad you asked! Here is a roundup of some of the very best sustainable kids’ and baby clothing brands.
These brands meet high standards on many fronts: they use premium non-toxic and organic fibers, follow fair labor standards (such as earning a Fair Trade certification, producing locally and transparently, or vetting suppliers in other ways), plus some brands even have take-back and repair programs to lengthen the life of their garments!
This guide includes some partners and affiliate links. As always, brands featured meet rigorous standards for sustainability and ethics and are brands we love! Cover image is courtesy of Mightly.
Mightly was founded by three moms who wanted to create the kind of clothing they want for their own kids. The brand’s clothing is made ethically in Fair Trade certified factories from comfy GOTS-certified organic cotton sourced from Chetna Organic Farmers Association in India. And their organic kids’ clothing is far from granola — Mightly collaborates with emerging artists to create unique vibrant designs.
Conscious Qualities: Organic Fibers, Fair Trade
Size Range: 2T – 14
Not only does Little Lentil Clothing have adorable colorful GOTS-certified organic baby apparel, but the brand also has a take-back program for customers to send back pre-loved clothing and a Loved Again program for customers to purchase these gently used garments!
Conscious Qualities: Organic Fibers, Take-Back Program
Size Range: 0M – 24 months (+ Toddler Marketplace)
petitTembo’s eco-friendly kid’s clothing is made locally in Vancouver, Canada from organic cotton milled in the US and once the child has outgrown the garments, customers can send them back to the brand. The elephant illustrations for the clothes were hand-drawn by children from from Kisumu Hope Restoration in honor of the Sheldrick Wildlife Trust — both organizations that petitTembo donates to as well.
Conscious Qualities: Organic Fabrics, Gives Back
Size Range: 2Y – 7Y
Timeless but never boring, Firebird Kids’ zero waste kids clothing is comfy, cute, and designed to be handed down for many years. If there’s no one in the family that could use the outgrown pieces, then you could utilize the brand’s “Pass it On” circular program and return the clothing for store credit.
Firebird Kids’ high-quality garments are made in small batches from 100% GOTS-certified Italian and Peruvian Pima Cotton and are shipped in recycled + recyclable or compostable packaging.
Conscious Qualities: Organic Fabrics, Made in the US, Take-Back Program, Unisex Styles
Size Range: 2T – 12/13
5. Yeah Life
This Australian-based sustainable kids clothing label has printed tees, knits, and shorts designed for their everyday adventures on the playground, at the beach, or somewhere in between.
Yeah Life’s wardrobe staples are made from organic cotton + organic hemp and are printed using eco-friendly water based printing techniques.
On top of all of this, Yeah Life’s pieces are produced using 100% solar energy!
Conscious Qualities: Organic and Eco Fabrics, Low Impact Printing, Solar-Powered Production
Size Range: 2Y – 9Y
Organic essentials brand PACT has everything you’d need for an eco-friendly kid’s wardrobe — from underwear and socks to pajamas and tees. PACT uses only soft, breathable organic cotton and sources from only Fair Trade Certified factories for their adorable baby clothing and vibrant kids clothing.
Conscious Qualities: Organic Fabrics, Fair Trade
Size Range: 0M – 12Y
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Bébénca Organic’s signature Nature’s Hug collection is made from 100% unbleached, undyed GOTS certified organic cotton. It is a gender-neutral, all-season collection for newborns and infants, making it the perfect baby gift set for any of the little ones in your life!
All Bébénca Organics products are ethically produced and ship in eco packaging materials.
Conscious Qualities: Organic Fabrics, Low-Impact Dyes, Ethical Production
Size Range: 0M-24M
8. Made Trade
Made Trade is a conscious online store with mindfully made fashion, home, and lifestyle goods — including ethical baby clothes and sustainable kids’ clothing! Their Baby + Kids collection features a variety of ethically and sustainably made kids’ clothing, including organic cotton onesies, joggers, and jumpers.
Conscious Qualities: Organic Fabrics, Ethical Production
Size Range: 0M – 6T
Le Petit Organic is a Black woman-owned marketplace dedicated to curating stylish sustainable kids fashion. And the New York-based shop certainly achieves its mission! Plus, Le Petit Organic sources clothing and accessories made from conscious materials like organic cotton, hemp, and recycled fibers.
Conscious Qualities: Eco Fabrics, WOC-Owned
Size Range: 0M – 8Y
10. art & eden
If the kids you’re shopping for love vibrant colors and quirky prints, check out art & eden. As a registered public benefit enterprise, art & eden has conscious business practices embedded into their core. This includes using organic and recycled fabrics, low impact dyes, recycled packaging, and ensuring fair labor practices.
Conscious Qualities: Organic Fabrics, WOC-Owned
Size Range: 3M – 10Y
Designed for play and built to last, Jackalo’s fair trade organic cotton clothing has features like reinforcements around the knees and longer legs for growth spurts to ensure their longest life possible. (The brand even has a warranty to repair or replace garments that rip within 6 months!) For when it is time to size up, Jackalo has a TradeUp program to take back apparel that can be resold in their Pre-Loved collection.
Conscious Qualities: Organic Fabrics, Quality Guarantee, Take-Back & Secondhand Programs
Size Range: 4Y – 14Y
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Made from 100% GOTS-certified Pima cotton, 12/12 creates premium quality sustainable kids clothing that can be handed down from child to child — or even through the generations. Why Pima cotton? It is extra-long-staple cotton that is silky soft yet durable.
Conscious Qualities: Organic Fabrics, High Quality
Size Range: 0M – 6Y
14. Colored Organics
The aptly named Colored Organics creates colorful sustainable baby clothes and kids clothes from only GOTS-certified organic cotton. Colored Organics has organic baby clothing for playtime and sleeptime as well as comfy organic kids clothing for any season or occasion.
Conscious Qualities: Organic Fabrics, Ethical Production
Size Range: 0M – 12Y
Sustainable baby clothes shop Lucy Lue Organics has GOTS-certified organic cotton baby clothes like onesies and dresses as well as accessories like hats and swaddle blankets all colored with water-based AZO-free dyes. The small business is Black-owned and family-run.
Conscious Qualities: Organic Fabrics, BIPOC-Owned
Size Range: 0M – 18M
16. Monica + Andy
Monica + Andy have uniquely printed organic baby clothes and eco-friendly kids’ clothing made from GOTS-certified organic cotton with a touch of spandex for stretch. The brand also hosts a variety of (free and paid) virtual classes like an easy baby food recipes workshop and a weekly breastfeeding support group.
Conscious Qualities: Organic Fabrics, Community Initiatives
Size Range: 0M – 8Y
17. Yinibini Baby
Each piece from Yinibini Baby is made in small batches right in the brand’s Washington D.C. studio from certified organic cotton. The adorable graphics are screen-printed using non-toxic water-based inks in-house, too!
Conscious Qualities: Organic Fabrics, Local Production, WOC-Owned
Size Range: 0M – 24M
Eco-minded brand Tentree has a sweet collection of kids basics and loungewear made from fabrics like recycled polyester, Tencel, and organic cotton. Their Dr. Seuss collection features graphic tees & hoodies with messages like “I Speak for the Trees” and “Guardian of the Forest“
Conscious Qualities: Eco Fabrics (though not fully organic)
Size Range: 1T – 5T
For eco-friendly kids jackets and coats, it’s hard to beat Patagonia’s selection. The outdoor adventure brand has fleece sweaters, quarter-zip sweatshirts, snowpants, and more for getting outside in cooler weather. Patagonia uses materials like recycled down and recycled polyester and reports that 83% of their line is Fair Trade Certified™.
Conscious Qualities: Eco Fabrics, Fair Trade, Repair & Trade-In Programs (Worn Wear)
Size Range: XS – XXL
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