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!

mymayu boots
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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The Tote Project: Fighting Human Trafficking with Each and Every Purchase

When did we allow fashion companies to have the power to destroy our home? Allow them to secretly (and not so secretly) deny basic human rights to our fellow human beings?
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When did we, as a collective society, go blind?
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Child slavery, human trafficking, sexual abuse and even death….all for a 5 dollar t-shirt? All so that we could fill our homes with more and more cheap crap.

When did we forget our values??
When did we forget that we are all equal?
How could we forget that we ALL deserve fair wages, safe working conditions, basic human rights, and the right to work of our own free will?
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The Tote Project: Fighting Human Trafficking with Each and Every Purchase

What is Human Trafficking?

According to antislavery.org, Human trafficking involves the recruitment, harboring or transporting people into a situation of exploitation through the use of violence, deception or coercion and forced to work against their will. In other words, trafficking is a process of enslaving people, coercing them into a situation with no way out, and exploiting them.

People can be trafficked for many different forms of exploitation such as forced prostitution, labor, begging, criminality, domestic servitude, marriage, and organ removal.

Contrary to a common misconception, people don’t necessarily have to be transported across borders for trafficking to take place. In fact, transporting or moving the victim doesn’t necessarily define trafficking.

Many people who fall victim to trafficking want to escape poverty, improve their lives, and support their families. Often they get an offer of a well-paid job abroad or in another region. Often they borrow money from their traffickers in advance to pay for arranging the job, travel, and accommodation. When they arrive they find that the work they applied for does not exist, or the conditions are completely different. But it’s too late, their documents are often taken away and they are forced to work until their debt is paid off.

Human Trafficking is a $150 billion dollar industry with well over 20 million victims; 26% of those victims are children.

One of the scariest things about human trafficking is that it happens right in front of our eyes but many of us have no idea what to look for. For a full list of way to sight human trafficking, check out this very educational page.

If you think you’ve encountered a victim of human trafficking, call the NATIONAL HUMAN TRAFFICKING HOTLINE NUMBER:
1-888-3737-888

How Fay Grant and Michelle Chavez Fight Back

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The creators of The Tote Project, Fay and Michelle, have continuously fought back against human trafficking by putting the workers FIRST. They partner up with only those who ensure no slavery exists in the supply chain and DEMAND ethical manufacturing. When businesses put a demand for better working conditions and better treatment of their workers, change DOES happen. When we, as consumers, support those who take these steps to secure a better future, WE are also demanding change!!

To top it all off, these women work with the outstanding organization Freeset Global, which is a fair trade business that offers employment to the survivors of the West Bengal’s sex trade. Through Freeset and The Tote Project, these brave women finally get what they deserve; fair wages, pension plans, occupational therapy, health insurance, and literary and budget lessons.

Every single worker on this planet deserves to be respected, paid fairly and work in a safe environment of their own free will. We must demand this.

The Factories

the tote project factories

If you thought these ladies were done demanding change, just wait until you hear about their sustainability practices!

First off, the factories are in partnership with Oasis bags and are dedicated to empowering women in Kolkata, India. Many of these women go on to become full-time seamstresses and some have even opened up their very own tailoring businesses!

Sustainability practices include fairtrade certified cotton, solar panels, energy-saving LED lights, high promotion of cycling to work (70% of workers cycle!) via interest-free loans from the company, and atriums/ventilators installed for energy savings.

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The Products

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I have been using my Free to Explore Tote since September of Last year and the Free to Grow Tote and Free to Inspire Pouch since a few months ago. I can, without a doubt, say that these are the BEST totes and pouches that I have ever come across (and I come across a ton of totes in my line of work!).

The totes are LARGE. As most of you know, I bike ride vs drive a car and these totes are my go-to for bulk product buying at the markets and lugging it all back home in the bike stroller. With just my two totes I can carry an entire crate of fruits and veggies (I’m talking a LARGE crate that Martin has trouble walking up the steps haha). These totes will never fail you. They are super thick, super durable and just absolutely gorgeous. I used my free to explore tote for my primary purse until the free to grow one came in and then I switched!

the tote project tote

The pouch is a dream; it holds ALL of my products. Not just my makeup….but my makeup, face wash, lotion, oils, brush, and toothbrush. ALL in one bag. It’s a must-have item for anyone who needs their products in one fits all bag ( like me!). It’s been a big time-saver for camping, travel and just day to day organization.

Giving Back

Last but not least, The Tote Project donates 10% of all profits to the Two Wings Foundation. 

“At Two Wings, our mission is to empower survivors of sex trafficking to identify and pursue their dream vocation through mentoring programs, life skills classes, and career training workshops, creating the path for a life of financial and physical independence. “

I had never heard of this organization until The Tote Project came to our doorstep and I am so thankful for that day for so many reasons. Watching the videos of the survivors of the human trafficking industry really lit a fire under my butt to get to work on spreading awareness. This needs to stop. It MUST stop. We have to take a stand.

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We are so honored to have Tote Project Goods grace our home. I am so thankful to have come across this brand through deep research into sustainable living and, of course, so excited to share them with our community today.

**Fay and Michelle were kind enough to gift our family with the following totes and one makeup bag. I cannot even begin to tell you how many uses we have gotten out of these gems. I use them EVERY single day!! Although the items were gifted, the review is all my own and I only ever share items that we cherish in our own home. 

The Free to Grow Tote

Free to Explore Tote

The Free to Inspire Pouch (I use this 5 times a day!)

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