What are you putting on your baby's skin? Ever thought about the chemicals in their clothes? Here are 4 Of Our Favourite Canadian Sustainable Baby Brands.
More and more evidence is showing that buying organic clothing for you and especially your baby is probably a really good idea. In many cases, conventional clothing is made from synthetic fibers including PVC, esters, petrochemicals, and in the case of kids PJ’s flame retardant chemicals, all of which have been linked to a number of alarming health-related issues.
So what should you look for when buying organic baby clothes?
It’s also important to mention that even natural fabrics can be coated with a concoction of toxic chemicals like:
- Phthalates, Sulfonamide, Dioxin-producing bleach, Ammonia, Formaldehyde, Caustic soda, Sulfuric acid, Volatile organic compounds (VOCs), Halogens and bromines PVC-based ink, azo-aniline, and petrochemical dyes and Urea resins.
Now if you are buying baby or kids' clothing and are not sure, you can always look at the label, here are some examples of words you may see (and you will want to avoid):
- Antibacterial, Antimicrobial, Moisture-wicking, Moth-repellant, Odour-resistant, Stain-proof, Static-resistant, Wrinkle-free/Permanent press.
Your baby's skin is super sensitive and studies have shown that some toxins are present in their clothes, which can cause skin issues. Knowing all of this, we want to help you, we have rounded up our favorite Canadian sustainable baby brands.
Sustainable Baby Brands we recommend
For babies, parents and the planet!
Their Mantra: "We love making high-quality, stylish baby clothes using organic
materials and a grow-with-me philosophy."
Why We Love Them: Every piece of clothing is designed and sewn in Kingston, Ontario. Its mission is to create high-quality, comfy fit clothing. All the fabrics they use are carefully sourced and are GOTS certified organic. We really love the fact that the clothing has a grow-with-me-philosophy, meaning many of the clothes are designed with adjustable features that extend the life of the garment.
Their Mantra: "We are professional artists, illustrators, and parents passionate about creating beautiful goods with our own two hands; goods our customers can feel great about. Many happy hours are spent in our studio creating each design and piece to spread our love for authentic artist-made clothing."
We Love Them: Their blank garments are sweat-shop & child-labor-free and supplied by the fabulous company, Colored Organics. They ensure their Indian employees are paid proper livable wages, and given health & social benefits while working in safe, clean, and dynamic conditions. All while giving partial proceeds back to each community it employs.
Their designs are then thoughtfully illustrated, meticulously painted, or hand-carved onto these beautiful blanks in Fort Langley, British Columbia. They send them out to the world with love and our commitment to change the children’s wear marketplace, one thoughtfully made piece at a time. Their designs are meticulously hand-carved into blocks and then carefully hand-painted with non-toxic artist-grade inks onto our 100% Fair-Trade Certified, Organic cotton garments.
Their Mantra: "We're redefining the concept of “new.” This means we’re eager to challenge the harmful effects of fast fashion, and to examine sustainability from every angle, and beyond. All of our products are made fairly and ethically in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, where we select fabrics by hand that were originally headed for the landfill and turn them into bright modern garments. Our vibrant colours and designs are informed by the latest research in child development. And we collaborate with local artists to create original prints."
Why We Love Them: The concept of upcycling clothing to make new items is a pretty forward-thinking, innovative way to approach children's clothing. Since kids grow out of what they wear so fast, this is a good way to keep clothing out of the trash. They are reimagining sustainability and the concept of slow fashion.
Their Mantra: "Our products are made from earth-friendly textiles sourced new, from bolt-ends, up-cycled, or made from recycled content. We search far and wide for modern textiles that support our sustainable requirements, are of premium quality, and are unique and fun."
Why We Love Them: They offer a range of modern sustainable products for the family made with style and longevity in mind. Refluff products are hand-made in small batches in their Toronto studio using ethical production standards and are quality tested for durability.
A final word on Sustainable Baby Clothes
These are just a few of our favorite brands, we got lots more in our organic baby clothes roundup. Baby clothes can get expensive, it's a great idea to look for hand-me-down or even shop at a thrift store, you'd be surprised how much great baby clothing they offer. Not sure how to thrift like a pro, here are my top 10 thrifting tips. Make sure you are also washing your baby's clothes in the best and safest baby deterrent.
We also have strict criteria for brands we feature here on the Hub. They need to be sustainable, and ethical and offer reduced packaging when they ship their items. And make sure to check out all of your sustainable fashion articles.
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