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8 Places to Buy Ethical Kids Clothes in 2022

Here are eight great places to buy ethical kids clothes. From super sustainable secondhand clothes to organically and ethically sourced clothing, from birth to age 14.

Something I get HEAPS of emails about is where to buy ethical kids clothes. As a mum of two girls, I understand your frustration in not being able to easily find ethical clothes for your growing children.

There are loads of organic and sustainable baby clothes companies out there. However, when it comes to kids older than toddlers then options for ethical kids clothing starts to diminish. By the time you get to age 10, it’s a pretty sparse picture. What I will say is that if you are thinking about going into business making and selling organic babywear then stop right there. Instead, consider making older kids’ clothing instead, where there is a massive gap in the market.

Where to Buy Ethical Kids Clothes

That being said, there are a number of places to buy ethical and sustainable clothes for kids from birth to age 14. My kids are aged 6 and 10 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.

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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 for Ethical Kids Clothes

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 a 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. Here you’ll find sizes ranging from birth to age 16.

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

3. 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. However, 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.

4. 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 (this post explains what GOTS certified, and other sustainable labeling means), which I really appreciate not being labelled as for girls or for boys, is for kids aged up to six years old.

5. Etsy for Ethical Kids Clothes

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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. These come in sizes up to age 14, with prices starting from just £8.

6. The QT

The QT* has designed their ethical clothing for kids, aged 2 to 10, with circularity in mind, They aim for their clothing to be as close to 100% organic, natural, recyclable, and compostable as possible. From the fabric – 100% GOTS certified organic cotton – right down to the small details, such as the tags, threads, and buttons. Even the packaging is considered. Each garment comes in a fully compostable and biodegradable bag, which can be repurposed as a food waste caddy liner.

If your kids wear their QT Apparel clothes out beyond repair, then don’t worry. QT Apparel accepts QT Apparel clothing for recycling. You’ll even get a 20% discount voucher to use on your next purchase.

Sign up to the QT Apparel mailing list and get 15% off your first order.

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 offers a repair service. Here 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 them in exchange for a discount on your next order.

Tootsa does fantastic sales, periodically. It’s a good idea to sign up to their mailing list or follow on social media to keep updated.

8. Polarn O Pyret

Catering from birth up to age 12, Polarn O Pyret* makes ethical kids clothes in a range of sustainable materials. From GOTS certified organic cotton to organic wool and more. All of their clothes are designed to last. In fact, Polarn O. Pyret says that every garment is made to last at least 3 children, if not many more.

Polarn O. Pyret also has many great sustainability measures in place too.  They offer a free repairs service to fix zips and replace broken poppers on all of their outerwear garments. This is regardless of when they were purchased.

They have also recently introduced a buy-back scheme. Here, when your child grows out of their Polarn O. Pyret clothes, they will help you find a new owner for it. In return, you’ll receive a voucher to use on new items online. At the moment, this only applies to outerwear, such as jackets and rain trousers. Hopefully, this may expand in the future to all of their clothes. I’ll keep you updated.

I hope this is helpful in your search for places to buy ethical kid’s clothes! Have I missed any of your favourites? And do check out my post on how to buy kid’s clothes that last for some useful pointers.

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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.