We are hanging in there. Tempers get frayed and there is a lot of asking for snacks. We try to video call family everyday, and most of all, there is a lot of TV watching, which I have accepted as par for the course.
Here are a few things that we are watching – for grownups and for kids – when I’m not watching some of my favourites (I may be one of the few still really enjoying Homeland). These all have a nod to sustainability, so are basically educational, right?
The Repair Shop
If you haven’t seen The Repair Shop before then you are in for a treat. I flipping love this show. Described as an antidote to throwaway culture, The Repair Shop brings together a team of Britain’s most skilled and caring craftspeople, who lovingly and painstakingly rescue and resurrect items their owners thought were beyond saving. Together they transform priceless pieces of family history and bring loved, but broken treasures, and the memories they hold back to life. I would say they work actual magic.
This stunning nature documentary narrated by David Attenborough is a treat for the eyes. Exquisitely filmed, it’s an amazing look into our fragile marine environments and the wildlife who reside here.
The final episode focuses on the environmental impact of plastic waste, and really is a must-watch. This episode, in particular, takes an unflinching look at the impact of human activity on marine life, with David Attenborough delivering a powerful rallying call to do more to protect the environment.
If you have kids, then Junk Rescue is a great one to get their creative juices flowing. Combining traditional crafts and creative child-led makes, Junk Rescue makes sustainability fun, showing how the things we throw away can be turned into something useful. I love how it helps kids (and grownups!) to see the value in repurposing and repairing disposable items, and you and your kids might get some ideas for some fun makes!
Molly & Mack isn’t explicitly about sustainability, but it is clearly there in the background. I personally love that it isn’t shouting about sustainability but just quietly trying to normalise it.
Molly and Mack tells the story of eight-year-old Molly and her 18-year-old brother Mack, who runs a vintage toy and record stall in The Big Hub – an indoor community market. The series follows Molly’s fun adventures with Mack, her friends and the eccentric but loving group of people who run the various secondhand stalls and community facilities.
Championing recycling and reuse, Molly and Mack really highlights the efforts of a small community can take to improve their lives by hard work and through the love of others.
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 also quickly became apparent that pretty much every other baby clothes company is organic.
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. Instead, 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.
Where to Buy Ethical Kids Clothes
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.
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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. 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.
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* 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.
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.
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.
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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