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7 Places to Buy Ethical Kids Clothes in 2019

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Something I get HEAPS of emails about is where to buy ethical kids clothes.

I started putting an ethical kids clothing directory together a couple of years ago, and the task quickly became out of hand for this one woman band. It turns out there are a TON of organic baby clothes companies out there. It quickly became apparent that pretty much every other baby clothes company is organic, and whilst that is great, it soon became a very laborious and torturous task trying to index these rapidly multiplying shops. What I will say is that if you are thinking about going into business making and selling organic babywear then stop right there and consider making older kids clothing instead, where there is a massive gap in the market.

That directory is still languishing in my drafts, and rather than try to go back to it, I thought I’d round up some of my favourite places to buy ethical kids clothes. And there are still some organic babywear options below, I just haven’t gone overboard with them.

My kids are aged 3 and 7 so we haven’t had to navigate the teenage years yet, but I’ll share as many tips as I can to cover dressing babies, toddlers, kids, and teenagers ethically.

where to shop for ethical kids clothes

1. eBay

eBay is one of my all-time favourites for ethical kids clothing. There’s nothing more ethical than secondhand clothing, so eBay is brilliant if you want to shop ethically but on a tight budget.

eBay is also a great place to stock up on clothes for older kids and teenagers too – just make sure you click the used filter at the side.

One thing I particularly love eBay for is the fact that parents sell bundles of clothes that their kid has grown out of. Just search, for example, “girls bundle age 3 4” and you can find hundreds and hundreds of bundles of clothing. Here you can pick up practically everything your kid will need in one parcel for very little.

If you really want to get the most for your money then my top eBay thrifty trick is to stock up on winter wear in the summertime, when fewer people are searching and bidding on winter wear. And likewise, searching for summer gear in winter is a superb way to grab some great bargains. I’ve also got lots of eBay tips this way.

2. Charity Shops

My other favourite place to shop ethically for kids is in charity shops. I’m really lucky to have a Barnados charity shop near me that exclusively sells kids wear and gear. I’ve come out of there with a pile of fantastic clothes for my kids and spent little over £10.

If the charity shops near you don’t cater much for kids then Oxfam Online is a super place to shop for secondhand ethical kids clothes online, in sizes ranging from birth to age 16.

Delivery is a flat fee of £3.95, no matter how many items you buy, and they also offer free returns making Oxfam Online a hassle way to shop for ethical kids clothes.

3. Treasure House

Another fantastic ethical kids option is Treasure House – an online secondhand shop of quality (often designer) kids clothes ranging from ages 0 to 16.

Here you can shop their very reasonably priced range of quality secondhand kids wear (no Primark or supermarket clothes here). Alternatively, you can trade in your kid’s old clothes, using their free postage service, to gain credit to shop from their range.

What’s more, all new customers can pick any one item for under £15 as their free gift as welcome to Treasure House, no catch – you just have to pay the £3.99 postage costs.

4. Frugi

frugi kids ethical clothing

Frugi is a great stop if you are looking to buy some new ethical pieces. Catering for babies and kids up to age 10, Frugi’s bright and colourful clothes are made from organic and ethically sourced cotton.

All their outwear is made from recycled plastic bottles, which is great, but you may want to buy a Guppyfriend for washing, as these types of materials do release microfibres when washed.

Offering free delivery and an easy returns policy, it’s an easy way to shop from home.

5. Toby Tiger

toby tiger ethical kids clothes

Toby Tiger is another ethical kids online shop that’s big on colour. Their ethical and GOTS certified organic cotton kidswear, which I really appreciate not being labelled as for girls or for boys, is for kids aged up to six years old.

6. Etsy

organic kids tshirts

If you’re looking to shop directly from independent makers then Etsy is the place for you. Here you’ll find great ethical kidswear from makers like Wiltshire based Lost Shapes. Lost Shapes sell colourful kids organic, environmentally friendly and fairly traded t-shirts and jumpers, in sizes up to age 14, and starting from just £8.

7. Tootsa

tootsa ethical kids clothes

Finally, Tootsa (formerly known as Tootsa MacGinty) is a wonderful online shop selling ethical and largely unisex knitwear and other kids clothes in baby to age 10. And Tootsa even does a small adult line if you want to twin with your kids…!

Years ago I bought two jumpers for my eldest – which have since been handed down to my youngest, and these are still going strong, and still looking like new.

If your piece isn’t faring so well, then Tootsa offer a repair service where they’ll do their best to find a solution to keep your favourite Tootsa clothes going for longer. They’ll send you buttons, trims, patches and cover the cost of replacing a zipper if needs be. Failing all of that, you can send your old Tootsa clothes back to then in exchange for a discount off your next order.

Tootsa do fantastic sales, periodically (right now there’s 70% off until the end of today). It’s a good idea to sign up to their mailing list or follow on social media to keep updated.

I hope this is helpful in your search for places to buy ethical kids clothes! Have I missed any of your favourites?

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I recently came across the eco-friendly and ethical toy shop, For First Steps, and fell in love with their range of environmentally conscious toys that are incredibly kid-friendly.

For First Steps was set up in response to the founder’s, Jana, frustrations with the toy industry – which in general sees a lot of non-recyclable plastic products produced under exploitative working conditions.  As an alternative to this, For First Steps only sell products that are earth- and people-friendly.  Here you’ll find sustainably and ethically produced toys made from renewable sources that are designed to last.

And on top of these high ethical standards, For First Steps have also partnered with two charities – Best Beginnings, who work with vulnerable families in the UK, and Women & Children First, who fight unacceptably high levels of maternal and newborn mortality around the world – with £1 from every order placed going to these good causes to give back to those that need help the most.  

I’ve picked out a selection of six of my favourite eco friendly toys from the online shop, but could honestly pick out heaps more items that both of my kids would adore.

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Eco-friendly toys, from top left clockwise:

Zoe Rabbit (£39.00) – this incredibly cute rabbit, destined to become a forever friend for a special small person, is handmade ethically from organic materials.

Woodland Puzzle (£14.90) – this beautiful 24 piece puzzle has been ethically made with recycled paper, and has been printed with vegetable inks for eco-friendly fun.

Whale Body (£14) – ok, not a toy, but I couldn’t resist this funky vest!  Made from organic cotton, and printed with azo-free water inks (azo dyes are suspected carcinogens), it’s ethically produced AND a proportion of the sale price goes to support the work of SOS (a joint initiative of the International Union for Conservation of Nature, the Global Environment Facility and the World Bank).  That’s a whole lot of ethics!

Bamboo Dinosaur Dinner Set (£20) – want to avoid traditional plastic dinner sets?  This fun dinner set is ethically made from bamboo and is PA-free, PVC-free, formaldehyde and phthalate-free.

Tool Belt (£22.90) – This fun Plan Toys tool belt is ethically made using sustainable rubber wood and natural non-toxic colours and is sure to provide hours of fun for your little one.  I’m thinking about getting one of these for my Little Miss Fix-It.  

Stacking Tree (£16.90) – Finally, for little ones this stacking tree, again made from sustainable rubberwood, looks like great fun to play with whilst helping to develop motor skills.

IF you’re looking to treat the little person in your life then For First Steps are generously offering 10% off for Moral Fibres readers – simply use the code MoralFibres at the checkout.  The code is valid from 5th November 2018 to 24th December 2018 . 

Visit the For First Steps online shop, and you can also follow along on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.