5 Sustainable Children's Brands that We Love!
5 Sustainable Children’s Brands that We Love!

5 Sustainable Children’s Brands that We Love and Trust

The amazing list of fair trade, sustainable and ethical children’s brands is fairly long but we do have a few favorites that I would like to share with you today. I highly recommend saving these names for the future if needed. You can always search these brands in the many second-hand shops (digital and walk-in), as well as a bookmark to await the off-season sales that I love!

For tips and tricks to sustainable and eco-friendly shopping for children, check out our latest post here!

Patagonia has to be one of my all-time top favorite sustainable, ethical and innovative brands out there. I cannot even begin to express how much I cherish every single Patagonia item in our home: both second hand and new (on sale, but still new haha). While on the pricier side, the amount is absolutely worth every single penny. These products will last for years and years, and you can trust that your hard-earned money is going to one of the best companies out there.

With a mission statement to “build the best product, cause no unnecessary harm, use business to inspire and implement solutions to the environmental crisis” – Patagonia is a brand to take note of. Patagonia belongs to both the Sustainable Apparel Coalition and 1% For The Planet. They reject fast fashion by creating high-quality, long-lasting products and offer a repair and reuse program. You can learn all about this fantastic company here. 

Patagonia

Our family switched over to barefoot shoes about 6 months ago, and we will never look back. The amazing quality of these barefoot shoes created by the Wilding family is just superb. The collection is beautiful, sustainable and there are also fully vegan options for those of us who choose sustainable with zero animal products involved.

I highly recommend adding a pair of these shoes to your children’s closet and allowing their feet to grow as naturally as possible. It is so important for our feet to have the proper room and environment to grow in! “After nearly two years of intensive development work, the goal was reached: a shoe that protects feet from injuries and weather, while restricting as little as possible its natural movement and healthy growth. The Wildling lasts – the basic models for the shoes – are based on an anatomical foot shape with a natural width, orientated towards a strong, healthy foot. It provides feet with space they need to develop healthily”. You can learn all about barefoot shoes here!

wilding shoes

Monty & Co Dungarees

I have been an Osh Kosh B’Gosh gal since as long as I can remember. This brand clothed me, my brother and all of our cousins and they were passed down from generation to generation. It’s brands like Osh Kosh that parents looked out for: durable, super long-lasting and budget-friendly.

My sons wore second-hand Osh Kosh dungarees for their first two years of life until they spurted up about 3 inches and left me in despair. I had nothing left and started to frantically look for a replacement. I am so excited to let you all know that I found a brand just as amazing as Osh Kosh (maybe even better?!) that I have fallen head over heels for Britain’s Very Own Monty & Co. 

These dungarees are so durable it’s unbelievable. My sons have put their blue and khaki dungarees through hell and they keep coming out looking brand new from the wash or simple spot cleans! I ordered 2 sizes bigger and simply roll the pants and tighten the top for it to fit right now. That is to say, these will have no problem lasting until they are 4 and then I will happily pass them down to their little cousins or friends! You can learn all about Monty & Co here!

two boys in dungarees Monty & Co

Petit Tembo Sweatshirts and Tees

Hands down, the softest sweatshirts my children own. These organic, fair trade and highly durable sweatshirts (and tees!) are perfect for any child’s closet. The Petit Tembo sweatshirts run a bit wide, so they are perfect to last much longer than regular-sized clothing!

100% organic cotton + sustainable + ethically made.

Above all, 20% of their net profits are divided equally and donated to the Sheldrick Wildlife Trust + Kisumu Hope Restoration.

You can check out our full-featured blog post on this amazing company here!

Guide to Shopping Sustainably for Kids

Doc Cotton’s clothing is all made by 100% organic materials and can be personalized to your very own print! You can send them whatever print you like, and they will create you a one of a kind piece for you and your child. The prints are digitally printed for minimal environmental impact and improved colorfastness! Each item is handmade in Peckham, the yarn is sourced in Greece and knitted in Leicester.

I really love this company because each item is made to order, and waste is minimal. Doc Cotton will also buy back the item after the life cycle has ended so that you can rest at ease knowing that your item will find a new home in an upcycled or recycled way. I chose some really fun bright and colorful prints for the boy’s pants and I adore them so so much.

You can find out all about this amazing brand here!

Guide to Shopping Sustainably for Kids

These magical adventure boots by MyMayu are made for EVERY single season and are perfect for our adventures little ones. They have a cinch at the top of the foot and the top of the boot to stop the feet from sliding out. This also helps with water/mud/rocks from sneaking in through the top of the boot. Why is every boot not made like this?!

The boots have a waterproof coating and extra liners that you can add for colder weather. The boys have tested these boots in rivers, muddy puddles, and tons of hikes! I cannot say enough about these. I snagged these during their off-season sale for about half off and I ordered 1 full size up (worked like a charm!). You can learn all about MyMayu here!

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5 Sustainable Children's Brands

What are some of your favorite brands for the little ones? I love finding new brands to share with our amazing community.

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Sustainable Shopping for Children’s Clothes: A Full Guide!

A Full Guide to Sustainable Shopping for Children’s Clothes

For the past 365 days, our followers and friends have witnessed our family go through the beautiful transition to a sustainable, mindful and minimal way of living. This transition started with one crazy and chaotic place: MY CLOSET. Before having children, and maybe even that first year while dealing with postpartum depression, I had a serious shopping addiction.

Mix a shopping addiction with zero knowledge into the horrific conditions of the fast fashion industry, and you got yourself a pretty ugly situation.

The research into sustainable, fair trade and mindful consumerism started about 18 months ago, and I have been absolutely hooked ever since. As a result, I took my time learning and understanding how much of the system works and took these tips and tricks to my own closet.

I swear…once I tackled that monster, everything else seemed to fall into place. Our kitchen, pantry, and even living room followed suit. One particular place that I have really come to love is the bedroom of my twin toddlers which features an open closet. Their closet is exactly what a child’s closet should look like:

Sweet, Simple and Easy to Work With.

By choosing each piece carefully and mindfully, I was able to create a sort of capsule wardrobe for my children without much work. It’s interesting how taking our time with selection, taking into account how many times the child will wear each piece, and sizing up for longer use can really transform any closet into a fully “usable” sustainable closet. So many times, we forget that clothes are meant to be worn over and over again until their life cycle has ended and not just a trend to toss away. Choosing wisely can mean the difference between a closet that works for you or against you.

If you are ready to explore the magical world of sustainable, second hand, fair trade (and more!) fashion for kids, look no further than this Full Guide to Sustainable Shopping for Children’s Clothes!

Saving Money While Saving the World!

First Up: Help Clothes to Reach The End of Their Lifecycle #30Wears and Beyond

Sustainable Shopping for Children's Clothes

Second-Hand Finds: From their heads to their toes!

First of all, what some of you may (or may not) know about our family is that we shop primarily second hand. Our sons clothes are 100% from my grandmother and mother’s garage sale finds since birth, and we did not start to introduce “new” clothing until every single last piece of their amazing finds had reached the end of their cycle with the boys. This simply means that my sons grew out of them all quite fast – as most children do.

This is something that we all need to keep in mind as parents. Children grow quickly.

Too quickly for new clothes to have any chance of sustainability in a child’s closet. 

The most sustainable and eco-friendly thing that you can do as a consumer of children’s fashion is to shop second hand, vintage, rentals or any other means to help the clothes reach the end of their life cycles. Our goal here is to use and wear these materials as many times as possible before recycling or upcycling. We are talking about sustainability here and this is the facts: Nothing is more sustainable than what has already been made.

I am in no way saying that you shouldn’t feel free to support the many fair trade, ethical, eco-friendly and even upcycled brands out there. Just keep in mind that adding second-hand items to your children’s closets will genuinely help a pretty big crisis that we are facing in the world today.

Second Hand Shopping

Second Hand Online Shops

  • ThredUP: The Largest Kids‘ Consignment and Thrift Store Online

  • Kid’s Dress Smart: Where 60% of proceeds of every sale sent directly to Children’s Charities

  • Kidizen: Kidizen is your resale marketplace to buy, sell, and swap your kid’s clothing, gear, toys, decor and more.

  • Little Luxuries: Gently worn, preloved, secondhand designer children and baby clothing brands

  • Baby Outfitter: Everything listed on Baby Outfitter is “like new” and they are very picky about selections and what they will sell!

  • Loopster UK: Where quality kid’s clothes live on

  • Facebook MarketPlace: A gem that has saved us a ton of money on everything from wooden toys to emergency shoes when our kids both shot up 2 sizes in under a month!

Second Hand Shops Nearest You (Physical Stores)

  • The Thrift Shopper Website: Simply type in your zip code and a huge directory of nearest consignment shops, goodwill shops and so forth will come up for you to check out!

  • Thriftigo APP: Download this app to keep second-hand store information readily available on your phone wherever you are!

  • Thrift Store Listings: Another helpful directory of local thrift stores based on your location.

Rental Companies for Sustainable Children’s Clothes

Renting clothes is such a fantastic way to stay sustainable but also have fun! From birthday parties to photoshoots, you can have exactly what you want and return back to the company for the item to make another child (and parent) happy!

  • Rainey’s Closet: Just one look at this gorgeous website and you will know that you can find just about any precious and gorgeous piece for any occasion. From fairy dresses, formal dresses and adorable bow and ties….you cannot go wrong with this rental service for any special occasion.

  • The Borrowed Boutique: Another gorgeous rental service that has a bit more clothing for boys as I noticed. I even saw a top hat!

  • Sylette Co: Another great rental company located in sunny Los Angelos!

  • Magical Clothing Rental Canada: A gorgeous rental store for our Canadian friends! Thousands to choose from and easy return service.

  • Bundlee UK: A very cool and more laid back version of the rental service for our UK friends. You can find pretty much everything on this rental site!

  • Circos Rental for Kids and Maternity: This rental is for kids up to 2 years old and new mamas in Europe!

Sustainable Shopping for Children's Clothes

Guide to Sustainable Shopping for Children’s Clothes

Shopping For New Clothes: Tips & Tricks

While second hand will forever have a special place in my heart, I will say that there is something quite special about finding that *perfect* piece of clothing that just meets every single one of your needs without having to go through countless shops and racks. Sometimes, no matter how long you look, you will not find that particular item that you need second hand. Do not fear; these tips will help you to keep your sustainable goals in check while also saving money and a few headaches along the way.

Sustainable Shopping for Children's Clothes

Alessandro in a brand new Petit Tembo sweatshirt that just exceeded all of our expectations. 

Go For the Basics

While the flashing shoes and tasselled shirts may intrigue your child at the shop, I urge you to get the basics down first before thinking of going with any trends. Basics include solid and durable t-shirts, long sleeves, sweaters, zip-ups, leggings, thermals, dungarees, rain suits/all-weather suits, rain boots, barefoot shoes, all-weather breathable hats, gloves, circular scarves, durable and warm socks, and any imperative weather gear for where you are living.
Each one of these basics should come in a solid or easy to clean print. While I always recommend going second hand with most of any child’s closet, some superb brands offer these basics. One brand that I always check out sale season (late summer and late winter) is Patagonia. They have, by far, the best layering pieces that I have encountered. I stock up during sale season, and I always keep on eye out for them when second-hand shopping.

Size Up 1-2 Sizes

One of the easiest things that you can do to help your child’s clothes have a longer (and happier!) life is to have them worn as much as possible!

One easy way to do this is by sizing up 1-2 sizes, depending on your child. I personally size up 2 sizes for the boys and it has worked beautifully. This year we’ve only had to purchase 2 pairs of pants and 2 extra sweatshirts for the chilly weather. By sizing up, I saved a significant amount of money!
While my sons currently fit in a size 2T, I only search for 4T and even have all of our collaborations send over the larger sizes. Any parent can easily roll up or hem the clothes to fit the child at the time and let them out over the years. You do not have to be any sort of professional tailor here, I promise you! I do the simple roll-up method, and it works like a charm.

Sustainable Shopping for Children's Clothes

Guide to Sustainable Shopping for Children’s Clothes

Ask The Question: How Many Times Will This Be Worn?

While we will be asking many questions along the way, this first question will help you to steer clear of any items that you should save for the RENTAL category. If you hold up an item and cannot guarantee that your child will hit at least 30 wears, then simply put it down and step away from the item (this is a wonderful trick to work for parents too!).
If you can guarantee that the item will be work 30+ times, then you can move on to the following questions…

Two Key Follow Up Questions

Here are two key questions to ask before adding the item to your little one’s closet for the most sustainable and ethical approach:

  • Who made this and under what conditions? A simple question that should be asked before purchasing any item. Most importantly, a sustainable company will have this information readily available to you without any trouble whatsoever. In fact, the good guys want to share this information with you more than anything!
  • What is this made of? Take a look at the tag and check out the fabrics. Is it organic? Synthetic? Does it contain flame retardants? All very good questions to answer before allowing the item into your home and opening your wallet to support the brand.
a child picks his mother a flower

Guide to Sustainable Shopping for Children’s Clothes

Always Choose Natural Fibers over Synthetic

Linen, Cotton (organic is best) and hemp are some of the best materials for children’s clothing. Synthetic materials do have a place in fashion for durable swimsuits and even winter jackets, but try your best to keep these purchases for the second-hand category. We want to aim to decrease the use of plastic in the fashion industry and your money truly does make a huge difference.

Natural fibers are best for the environment and your children for so many reasons:

  • Natural fibers cause much less (or zero) irritation to skin.
  • Natura fibers are much less resource-intensive to produce and manufacture.
  • Synthetic materials “shed” microplastics that have been found sneaking their way into our very own drinking water.
  • Many synthetic materials use toxic production processes that are harmful to the waterways, the garment workers and the person who wears the item.

Learn How to Mend, Repair and Upcycle

One of the best ways to help to reduce waste your very own home is to learn just a few simple tricks of the trade. This can be as simple as learning how to sew, hem, patch and upcycle old clothes and broken items around the house. Like we always say, there is nothing more sustainable than what you already own!

You can find a local sewing class, take a few online lessons via youtube or even host a little “trade” party! I have actually been to a few fun coffee dates where my friend’s mother and grandmother would come and they would teach us something fun like knitting, baking an epic cake or even tips & tricks to help with the little ones. These are marvelous gifts to learn from the hand of an expert and I cannot tell you how much I cherished learning these skills from these amazing women.

Guide to Shopping Sustainably for Kids

Guide to Sustainable Shopping for Children’s Clothes

There you have it! Just a few helpful ways to shop with a more mindful and sustainable approach. I promise you; once you start you will be absolutely amazed at how GREAT it feels to be part of the sustainable movement. We need you. The World needs us to be much more mindful and conscious of our consumer decisions. Thank you so much for taking the time to read and I would love to hear your own tips and tricks to sustainable living!

p.s. Check out our top 5 sustainable and ethical children’s brands here!

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Our Zero Waste Bathroom with Plaine Products

Our Zero Waste Bathroom with Plaine Products:

Our Choice in Zero Waste Bathroom Products for 365 days and counting…

If you have been tuning into our Instagram or Facebook stories, you may have seen me chat a few times over the course of the year about zero waste bathroom products. After 365 full days of review, we are 100% certain that these products will suit EVERY single home. They are that good.

As a Latin woman with very thick and unmanageable hair, I was at a loss with how to go about turning my once plastic-filled bathroom into a zero-waste one, but all of my fears were set aside after finding this product line. I came across Plaine Products while researching after a horrible run-in with a zero waste shampoo bar that left my hair feeling like it needed to go into rehab. Luckily, once this precious box arrived, my hair, body, and face were just lavished in the best quality ingredients a gal could ask for.

Did I mention that they are kid-safe? Yes!

Before we get started, Plaine Products was kind enough to offer all of our followers a 20% off discount code

Please enter WonderMamas20 at checkout!

How It Works

To start, simply head to the Plaine Products website and choose your “box”. For reference, we chose the shampoo, conditioner, body wash, body lotion, face wash and face lotion for our box*. Let them know where to send the box, what kind of subscription timeline you prefer, and do not forget to include your discount code (WonderMamas20 for 20% off!).

Sit back and wait for the box to arrive. You will receive all of the bottles securely tightened with a bottle cap and twist on pumps to attach, once opened. Once the bottles are empty, simply rinse out and send back with the return label, but KEEP the twist on pumps. The pumps will be used for your NEXT box of bathroom supplies! Return the used bottles in the same box that they came in (returns are free!) and continue this process over and over again.

While you can easily get a one time box, that would not really make sense in keeping your bathroom zero waste. I highly recommend signing up for a subscription box and keeping your bathroom free from plastic for good! It may take a bit of trial and error to get your exact time frame down (the time in between receiving your next box), but we figured it out within 2 months!

Plaine products zero waste bathroom products

Plaine Products Our Zero Waste Bathroom

The Ingredients

Plaine Products zero waste bathroom products

Our Zero Waste Bathroom with Plaine Products

All Plaine Products Bathroom Products Are:
  • Free of sulfates, parabens, phthalates and palm oil
  • Blended with whole essential oils (instead of synthetic fragrance)
  • Vegan and have Non-GMO ingredients
  • Designed to biodegrade
  • Baby safe and hypoallergenic
  • Cruelty-Free, Leaping Bunny certified
  • Free of single-use plastic

We currently use the Rosemary Mint Vanilla Shampoo and Conditioner, and this was directly from the bottle: 

Vegan | Cruelty-Free | Non-GMO | Biodegrable | Sulfate-Free | Color Safe | Palm Oil Free

We are proud of our organic & natural shampoo ingredients: Organic Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Vegetable Glycerin, Saponified Oils of Coconut and Safflower Seed, Guar Gum and Irish Moss (Red Algae Extract – Carrageen). Organic Camellia, Sunflower and Ricebran Oils. Extracts of Chamomile and Quillaja Saponaria. Papaya and Pineapple Pulp Extracts. Rosemary Oleoresin, Vitamin E Complex, Organic Green Tea, Geogard Ultra and Potassium Sorbate. Scent: Mint Arvenis Essential Oil, Essence of Rosemary, Mint, and Vanilla.

Our Review PLUS…

Review of Plaine products

The coolest thing about reviewing these products for 365 days and counting is that we have had the chance to have families and friends from all over the World come and try out our products!

  • First up, my mother told me that the shampoo and conditioner “smelled absolutely delicious and made her hair feel very silky”. She has coarse hair like me so that is a huge compliment!
  • My father does not have much hair (haha), but he LOVED the smell of the body wash!! He was all about it!
  • My grandmother and cousin came in from Mexico and both adored the products so much that they were featured in several social media story posts chatting about how much they admired the company and their amazing ingredients!
  • My girlfriend Kellee, who is an amazing flight attendant and travels all over the World, came in to visit us for a week and could not get over how much she loved the products. She ordered some for herself!
As for our own family, I will never use anything else for my family. We are all thrilled with the products, the design, the simplicity, and the results.

My hair has life and volume again, my face is always break-out free and I trust the ingredients as if I made the products myself.

Plaine Products was founded by two sisters, Lindsey & Alison Delaplaine, who had dreams of fighting the global plastic crisis.

Lindsey spent 10 years living in the Bahamas and witnessed, first hand, the plastic crisis washed up on the beaches. She took a look around her own bathroom and realized changes needed to happen. Instead of looking to others to change the world, she decided to change it with the help of her sister. Gosh…I admire that.

If you did not already know the scary truth about plastic, here it is:

Every single plastic that has EVER been made (EVER) still exists.

Globally, we produce 300 million tons of plastic waste every single year. Of that 300 million tons, 78% is not reclaimed or recycled.

Lindsey and Alison spent a year researching natural products and ingredients. They were set on staying true to their toxic-free, and cruelty-free standards. These women try and personally approve every single product in the line; as do their children and husbands!

**Lindsey and Allison were kind enough to gift us with our Plaine Products goods but every single part of our review is honest, tried and tested (365 days worth of trial!). As you all know, we take our reviews very seriously and would never work with or share a company that we do not use (and love!) first hand. I do hope you give Plaine Products a chance and reduce plastic in your own home!

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Sustainable and Organic Children’s Clothing by Petit Tembo

Sustainable and Organic Children’s Clothing by Petit Tembo

Our children’s clothes are 90% second-hand goods passed down from generation to generation, but we do enjoy finding new companies to work with to promote sustainable children’s clothing via organic cotton, hemp, bamboo, and even upcycling of materials.

I am honored to feature Petit Tembo, the gorgeous Canadian brand, in today’s sustainable children’s fashion feature. I cannot speak highly enough of this company and the softness of their fabrics. The boys have hit their #30wears within just a couple of short months!

I am a big believer in the words of Ms. Westwood…

Buy less. Choose well. Make it last.

// Vivienne Westwood // Read more

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Montessori Inspired Toddler Bedroom
Montessori Inspired Toddler Bedroom

Our Montessori Inspired Toddler Bedroom (Twin Style!)

Welcome back to the blog, Mamas! Today we are talking about our favorite room in the apartment; the boys Montessori inspired toddler bedroom! This was the room that took me well over 3 months to concentrate on in order to find exactly what the boys needed.

In those 3 months, the house was a bit chaotic and the boys just could NOT wind down. The family room turned into their playroom, my bedroom turned into their jumping room, the kitchen turned into their drumming room and we all needed a break haha. I realized that the one thing missing from our home was a room without distractions; a relaxing room for reading books, rubbing bellies and daydreaming. That is this very room! Read more

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New Mom Essentials: A helpful list for minimalist moms

New Mom Essentials

First off, Congratulations you beautiful soul! Motherhood is such a magical time filled with chaos, giggles, stress, cuddles, bodily fluids, love beyond your wildest dreams, absolute freakouts over the simplest things, and lots of “firsts”! I’m sure you have read a lot of New Mom Essential lists so I do hope this one is a real breath of fresh air.

If you have reached this post, my guess is you need a little help in the “Materialism” department. You have read the books (or not), you have been drilled with advice ranging from parenting styles circa 1905-1995, and you are about to freak with all the options:)

Don’t worry! I got you, Mama!

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