8 years ago today I gave birth to my first child.
As the flowers and ‘congratulations on your new baby’ cards filled the living room, so did a sea of baby blue clothes for little boys.
I longed then, as I do now, for funky baby clothes. For some cool children’s clothes that were comfy and easy to wear.
As that baby has grown up I have also become more aware of our impact on the planet. I am aware that what we do will be left behind for that baby to deal with.
It is one of the reasons why Tutti Frutti Clothing is striving to be an ethical and sustainable brand, and why I love championing other organic and eco-friendly brands.
8 years a ago I longed for a list of cool baby and kids clothes brands. And so, on his 8th birthday here is that list that I so desperately needed as I waded knee deep in pale blue rompers and nappies...
Duns Sweden has the most amazing range of colourful and unisex organic kids clothes. Their prints are just wonderful – fun, fresh and totally unique.
I just love how their website puts sustainability and ethical production right at the front of everything they do too. You don’t need to search hard on their website to see details of the factory in India that makes their clothes and they publish their GOTS (Global Organic Textile Standard) number clearly so that you can cross reference their credentials directly on the GOTS website if you want to.
It is so refreshing to see a brand put ethics above sales and this in why I love Duns Sweden.
Maxomorra is another Swedish brand that puts sustainability right at the heart of what they do. Their clear GOTS number is proudly displayed alongside their ethical credentials.
Kids fashion doesn’t have to be blue for boys and pink for girls and the no one shows that better than the colours in the Scandi brands. Maxomorra’s range of GOTS organic certified kids clothes is a real hit in our house!
Mini Rodini clothing is unlike any that you will find on the high street. Bold and funky patterns make their children’s clothes just about the coolest out there.
I particularly love that they also do a range of bedding and accessories. Do you think that I might be able to get away with the velvet rabbit cushion in my bedroom?
The sustainable section of their website is amazing too. Full of information, ideas and ways that you can make your children's clothes last longer and you can help care for our planet too.
Toby Tiger is one of the most fun UK organic kids brands there is. The bright and bold colours and gorgeous applique designs are striking and recognisable. I simply love this rainbow dress.
Toby Tiger clothes wash and wear really well too – we have had some gorgeous tops from Toby Tiger that are still going strong 3 children later!
You don’t have to wear bright primary colours to enjoy organic children’s clothes.
Pigeon Organics is one example of a great British brand that makes baby and childrenswear in timeless stripes and soft muted colours.
The beautiful kimono romper in a soft Breton strip is one of my favourites and almost makes me want baby number 4….
The Bunting Tree produces garments in prints that I just love. The Tutti Frutti print is particularly divine don’t you think? 😉
All of the Bunting Tree clothes are made in a GOTS certified factory in India and I just love that Emma, who owns the company, includes the details of the factory on her website.
Transparency is so important in the fashion industry and so I love it when brands put it front and centre of their mission!
I have only just discovered The Bonnie Mob and already have made a purchase – their recent sample sale was just too good to miss!
Not everything in their store is made from organic cotton but lots is. And I love that there is and ethical thought in every product. Even if it’s not organic then it has great ethical credentials – much like Tutti Frutti Clothing garments do too.
Their Rainbow Surf Bunny T-shirt is top of the list for my next order from them!
I can't write this list and not include Little Green Radicals. Their romper was one of the first things I bought when I found out I was expecting our first child just over 8 years ago.
I *think* it said Give Peas a Chance but the only photo I can find of our boy wearing it is this one - and it is obscured by a rather loud bib!
Little Green Radicals makes clothing that is not only organic but also certified Fairtrade. Plus they go up to age 8 so even bigger kids can wear their lovely clothes!