Whether you need new school clothes or your child is just growing out of everything really fast, it looks like you’re in the market for new children’s clothing.
If you’d prefer to buy from brands that are prioritizing natural and organic materials, non-toxic dyes, and other ethical & sustainable initiatives throughout the supply chain, then keep reading because we’ve rounded up the best organic apparel brands for newborns up to tweens.
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Table of Contents
- Why Buy Organic Children’s Clothing?
- What to Look for in Non-Toxic, Organic, & Sustainable Children’s Clothing Brands
- 1. GOTS Certified Organic Cotton (Or Other Natural Fabrics)
- 2. OEKO-TEX
- 3. Fair Trade
- Are Bamboo Baby Clothes Better?
- Our Picks for Organic Cotton Kids Clothes (+ Organic Clothing for Toddlers & Babies, Too)
- 1. Mightly
- 2. Monica & Andy
- 3. Colored Organics
- 4. Burt’s Bees Baby
- 5. HART + LAND (The Tot)
- 6. L’oved Baby
- 7. Jackalo
- 8. Mini Mioche
- 9. Hanna Andersson
- 10. MATE
- 11. Make Make Organics
- 12. Little Green Radicals
- 13. Tabeeze
- 14. Frugi
- 15. Pip Pea Pop
- 16. Kidizen
- The Simple Folk
- What About the Big Brands?
- Is Carter’s Little Planet GOTS certified?
- Is OshKosh OEKO-TEX certified?
- Is Gap certified organic?
- Are Cat & Jack clothes OEKO-TEX certified?
- Is The Children’s Place organic?
- Is Gymboree organic?
- Wrapping Up: Final Thoughts on Organic & Sustainable Kids Clothing Brands
Featured Image Credit: Mightly
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Why Buy Organic Children’s Clothing?
These days, a lot of clothing is made out of synthetic fabrics like polyester, nylon, and rayon. Although these types of fabrics may not be especially problematic for the general population, they can be irritating for kids with sensitive skin or similar conditions like eczema.
There’s also the microplastic problem. When synthetic clothing is washed, tiny pieces of that synthetic material get washed down the drain and enter our waterways. These microplastics are making their way through our entire food chain and back into human bodies, where they can cause negative health effects.
Natural materials are better, but organic is the best.
Conventional cotton is grown using toxic pesticides. And while there’s no indication (that I’ve found, anyway) that there are many lingering pesticides on your cotton t-shirt by the time it gets to you, those pesticides still end up in our bodies through a different route. They wash wash away or evaporate from the cotton fields and then end up flowing through our water supplies, where we drink them, cook with them, and bathe in them.
It may seem a little far-fetched because the potential effects aren’t immediate, but it’s more about the kind of world we’re leaving for our children years and even decades from now.
Fabrics made from organic, regenerative, and pesticide-free crops are better for overall human and environmental health in the long run.
What to Look for in Non-Toxic, Organic, & Sustainable Children’s Clothing Brands
As you shop, here are some things to look out for in non-toxic, ethically-made, and sustainable clothing for your little ones:
1. GOTS Certified Organic Cotton (Or Other Natural Fabrics)
Although you may find other natural materials such as hemp or linen in kids’ clothes, most brands use organic cotton.
Although GOTS (Global Organic Textile Standard) is not the only third-party certification available for organic cotton clothing, it’s definitely the most common one. It ensures that the cotton used for fabrics is grown without synthetic pesticides and processed without toxic chemicals and that farmers are paid a fair wage for their crops.
A lot can happen to a fiber from the time it’s harvested to when it makes it into your home.
You’ll want to consider the dyes used to color the fabric and whether or not any other additives have been used. (For example, be very wary of clothing and accessories that are labeled water- or stain-resistant as it can indicate that toxic PFAS have been added.)
The OEKO-TEX label can help determine whether the finished product has detectable levels of various toxins. It’s not perfect, but it’s still helpful. (As of 2023, it bans some PFAS, but not all of them.)
3. Fair Trade
Most parents don’t want children making their children’s clothes. So look for brands that come with Fair Trade certifications or other indications that their products have been made under ethical conditions (living wages, no child labor, safe places to work, etc).
Are Bamboo Baby Clothes Better?
You’ll definitely find some brands out there offering clothes made out of bamboo fabric (a type of rayon) as well. The thing about bamboo fabric is that it depends on how it’s made.
There is a lot of processing that has to happen to turn bamboo into a fabric, which is why by the time it’s finished, it actually only qualifies as a semi-synthetic.
This is also why a yellow flag should go up in your head when you see “organic” bamboo… Because technically, in the U.S., bamboo fabric can’t even qualify as organic because of the amount of processing it goes through.
Some bamboo fabric is made using a few toxic chemicals, and you can read more about this in our deep dive into rayon.
Other kinds of bamboo fabric (like that from Lenzing) are made using less-toxic chemicals and a closed-loop process (which prevents these toxicants from being dumped into the water supplies).
So as you can see, not all bamboo fabric is created equal.
All that being said, just because these chemicals are used in production doesn’t mean any of it ends up in the finished product that ends up next to your child’s skin. So if you already have bamboo clothing in your kids’ wardrobe, I wouldn’t worry about it. This is more something to consider when thinking about the wider impacts of these fabrics as a whole.
Our Picks for Organic Cotton Kids Clothes (+ Organic Clothing for Toddlers & Babies, Too)
Now, let’s get to our recommendations for the best organic clothes for kids! Many of these brands are small businesses owned and run by moms. A lot of them have the same or similar certifications and manufacturing processes (i.e. GOTS certified, made in India), but they all have their own unique collections and fun designs.
Size Range: 2T – 2X (14)
Price Range: $14 (on sale) – $58
Made in: India
Carries: Casual clothes, sweats, dresses, underwear, & pajamas for toddlers, kids, and tweens
Mightly is one of our favorite organic cotton clothing brands for tweens! They carry tees and tops, play dresses, bike shorts, sweats and hoodies, underwear, and more. They make it really easy to find what you’re looking for—you can sort by style, by gender (girls’, boys’, or gender-neutral), or by theme (Tie Dye! Rainbows! Wildlife!). You can get almost everything you need for your tween’s closet from Mightly, including underwear and training bralettes.
Mightly’s organic kids’ clothes not only come with the GOTS and Fair Trade certifications, but it also comes from the Chetna Organic Farmer’s Association. This is a farmer-owned organization that works with smallholder families in India. Working with this organization allows them to make sure the farmers are not exploited and that the cotton is grown in a non-toxic way.
Size Range: Preemie – 10Y
Price Range: $14 – $44
Made in: India
Carries: Pretty much everything! All kinds of clothing, PJs, outerwear, & accessories for babies, toddlers, & kids up to 10.
Monday & Andy might actually have the largest collection of all the brands on this list. You’ll be able to find just about everything you need for your baby, toddler, or big kid—from play clothes to school uniform essentials to sleepwear and more. They have plenty of solid-colored basics, stripes and florals, and fun patterns— including Disney characters!
Monica & Andy’s certified organic clothing is made out of GOTS certified cotton. The brand is based in Chicago, where everything is designed, and then the clothes are ethically manufactured in India.
They also offer a complementary 1:1 Baby Concierge, where you get access to a personal shopper and registry consultant, along with resources like CPR training and prenatal yoga. They regularly offer virtual and in-person events and classes, which you can check out here.
Size Range: NB – 6Y
Price Range: $10 – $44
Made in: India
Carries: Casual clothes, sweats, dresses, onesies, pajamas, and more for babies, toddlers, and young kids
A great brand for organic baby clothes and organic toddler clothes, Colored Organics has a large collection of adorable everyday clothes made ethically and sustainably out of GOTS certified organic cotton. All of their eco-friendly and non-toxic dyes are free of things like azo and heavy metals, and their snaps are nickel-free, too. Plus, each month they give back a portion of profits to a different non-profit organization.
Size Range: Preemie – 5T
Price Range: $18 – $35
Made in: Mostly India
Carries: Casual clothing, dresses, hoodies, pants, and pajamas for babies and toddlers
You probably know about Burt’s Bees because of their lip balm, but they also carry a pretty nice selection of organic baby and toddler clothes, too. You can filter by clothing type (from tees to rompers and more), fit (loose or tight), gender (including neutral), or collection (like woodland creatures or safari!).
Almost all of their clothing and PJs are made with GOTS certified organic cotton (although they do use polyester for certain layers sometimes, so make sure you double-check before buying).
They have several different sustainability initiatives, including working with factories that use renewable energy and recycle their water, and using recycled plastic bottles for the thread. Although their dyes don’t come with a third-party certification, Burt’s Bees says they use only non-toxic dyes that are free from things like heavy metals.
One of the nice things about Burt’s Bee’s Baby is that their clothes are available at big box stores like Target and Walmart, which makes things easier if you need to try something on or grab something at the last minute.
In addition to their clothing, they have lots or organic pajamas and bedding accessories for babies and toddlers, too.
5. HART + LAND (The Tot)
Size Range: NB – 12Y
Price Range: $10 (on sale) – $50
Made in: Varies
Carries: Wide range of clothing and pajamas for babies, toddlers, & big kids
Although HART + LAND carries a wide variety of sizes, they’re one of the best brands for organic cotton clothing for babies and toddlers. While their specialty is patterned matching pajamas, they also carry tees, dresses, hoodies, and lots of other organic kids’ clothes.
Their muslin collection is a great option for kids—it’s soft, comfortable, and great for playing, but it also has an elevated look that will work for fancier events, too. It’s all made using GOTS certified organic pima cotton and OEKO-TEX certified non-toxic dyes.
The only problem with HART + LAND is that it’s not always clear where their products are made. Some pieces are made in the U.S., and some are printed in the U.K., but most of the clothing doesn’t come with much transparency in this area.
6. L’oved Baby
Size Range: Preemie – 10Y; Maternity: XS-XL
Price Range: $10 – $38
Made in: India
Carries: Onesies, tops & bottoms, PJs, and accessories for babies, toddlers and little kids. Plus nursing covers and maternity loungewear.
Although they do have some options for kids, L’oved Baby is best for babies and toddlers. They have a lot of onesies to choose from, which come in a variety of beautiful solid colors. They also carry several essentials for new moms and moms-to-be, including 4-in-1 nursing covers and maternity PJs/loungewear.
L’oved Baby’s clothing is made in ethically-run factories out of GOTS certified organic cotton. They’re free from things like azo dyes, heavy metals, PVC plastics, and nickel.
Size Range: 4-14Y
Price Range: $29-$130
Made in: Portugal, India, and the Netherlands
Carries: Play clothes for kids & tweens
Jackalo’s eco-friendly clothing is made for kids to play in! They carry pants, tops, dresses, jumpsuits, and accessories that are ethically made out of GOTS certified organic cotton. They have other sustainability initiatives as well, from waste reduction to partnering with energy efficient factories and more.
Jackalo believes in getting the most out of your kids’ clothes, too. They have “Care & Repair” resources that help you make clothes last longer, as well as a “Mend It” Guide and Kit to help you repair rips and tears. You can also TradeUP your old Jackalo clothing once your child grows out of it, which means you can send it back to get credit toward another purchase. The clothes you send back get put into their Pre-Loved Collection, which gives clothes a second life while also helping parents save money!
8. Mini Mioche
Size Range: 0-11/12
Price Range: $24-48
Made in: Canada
Carries: Onesies, tees, sweatshirts, play clothes, dresses, sleepwear, & accessories for babies, toddlers, and big kids
Mini Mioche fabrics are knit locally and ethically in Toronto using GOTS organic cotton. Staying in Toronto, they use non-toxic and natural dyes to color their fabrics and then everything is sewn together by garment workers who are paid living wages for their work (also in Toronto!).
Most of their styles are gender-neutral so they can be worn by all children and passed down. They have graphic tees with inspiring words, solid colored basics, and more. They also have a super cute Mini + Me collection, where you can get matching tees, hats, and accessories for everyone in the family—including adults.
Mini Mioche is also a carbon-neutral company, they give back 1% of proceeds to non-profit organizations, and everything is shipped to you in plastic-free packaging.
Size Range: NB – 12Y
Price Range: $10 (on sale) – $78
Made in: Mostly India & China
Carries: Basically everything!
Hanna Andersson comes with a well-established reputation—parents of all kinds have been buying and loving their organic kids clothes for about 40 years now!
A lot of their stuff is made from organic cotton, but a lot of it is also made out of conventional cotton (so just make sure to check the product details before buying). Almost everything is OEKO-TEX certified though, which means the finished product has been verified to be free from a list of harmful chemicals.
Their matching family PJs are sooo cute!
Size Range: NB – 6/7
Price Range: $20 (on sale) – $48
Made in: Los Angeles, California, USA
Carries: Onesies, t-shirts, sweatshirts, and sweatpants
Although MATE’s collection of eco-friendly clothing for kids is smaller than other brands, their clothes are super safe and high-quality.
They carry unisex onesies, tees, and sweats that come in solid neutrals and are available in sizes 0 to 6/7. They’re all made in Los Angeles out of 100% organic cotton and non-toxic dyes (some are made from undyed colored cotton!).
Plus, MATE is a carbon-neutral certified company and member of 1% for the Planet. They have a circularity program to give your organic clothes a second life when you’re done with them, too!
Size Range: NB – 5T
Price Range: $20-$40
Made in: India
Carries: Casual clothing, pajamas, dresses, accessories, & bedding
Make Make Organics is a great brand for babies and toddlers. Their clothes are made ethically in India out of unbleached, GOTS certified cotton (plus a little bit of elastane for stretch) and azo-free, water-based, & non-toxic dyes.
Their sustainable clothing has some great features, like snaps on the sides for easier fastening and tagless necks. Most of their colors have nature-y vibes, with lots of greens, blues, and browns.
Size Range: 00 – 8Y
Price Range: $6 (on sale) – $132
Made in: India
Carries: Casual clothing, onesies, sleepwear, rain gear, outerwear, swimwear, accessories, and more
This UK-based brand carries a wide range of organic cotton clothing for babies, toddlers, and kids up to age eight. (Some of their garments use recycled synthetics as well, so just make sure you check.)
They use GOTS certified organic cotton and work with Fairtrade certified factories. All of their dyes and inks are GOTS certified as well, which means they don’t have phthalates, chemical bleaches, or harmful heavy metals. Their rainwear is PFAS-free as well!
Little Green Radicals has a very generous return policy; you can return it (unused and with tags) within six months of ordering. They also have a 365 Day Quality Guarantee in case there is anything faulty about the product.
That said, customers outside the UK should be aware that if you do want to return/exchange items, you will be responsible for the return shipping costs.
Size Range: NB – 24 months
Price Range: $14-$32
Made in: India
Carries: Babysuits (onesies), rompers, and baby tees
Tabeeze’s collection is meant to make it an easier and more seamless process to get your baby dressed. Their pieces have snaps on the bottom as well as on the shoulders, so you can get a squirmy baby clothed, even if they hate over-the-head clothing.
All of their sustainable clothing is made out of GOTS certified organic cotton and is free from nickel, phthalates, flame retardants, and solvents. It’s got a tag-less, organically screen printed label and flat inner seams to prevent skin irritation as well.
Tabeeze is also a certified B Corp and a member of 1% for the Planet.
Size Range: NB – 10 years
Price Range: $5-60
Made in: India
Carries: Lots of clothes, PJs, coats, accessories and more
This UK-based brand makes all kinds of wardrobe essentials for kids, toddlers, and babies. Most of their clothing is made out of GOTS organic cotton and in GOTS certified factories. (Some of their synthetic stuff, like backpacks and rain coats are made out of recycled plastic.)
They have so many options to choose from, including fun patterns, bright designs, bold solids, and more.
15. Pip Pea Pop
Size Range: 0-12 months
Price Range: $7 (bib) – $146 (8-piece bundle)
Made in: Peru
Carries: Customized onesies and bibs
This one’s for the babes! Pip Pea Pop offers super cute onesies that can be customized with your little one’s name and a little animal design. They’re made out of GOTS certified organic pima cotton and free from any toxic dyes.
They have several convenient features, too, like foldover footies, a two-way front zipper and leg snaps, and zero tags or buttons. Plus, the bibs can be attached or detached from the babysuit!
Size Range: Preemie – XXL (big kid)
Price Range: $5+
Made in: Various
Carries: Pretty much everything
Kidizen is a great place to find organic kids clothes that are gently used—and save some money!
Not everything on the site is organic, but they do have lots of organic cotton brands, like Little Green Radicals, Kate Quinn Organics, Bebenca Organics, and Organic Zoo. You can also just type “organic” into the search bar at the top of the site and see what comes up!
Size Range: NB – 10Y (+ women’s clothing, too)
Price Range: $30 – $146 (for a bundle)
Made in: Portugal
Carries: Casual play clothing, dresses, knitwear, accessories, and more
The Simple Folk is a sustainable clothing brand that uses eco-friendly fabrics for both adult and kids’ clothes. They are on a mission to impact change through fair and ethical manufacturing, and each purchase gives back in some way.
Their organic cotton clothing is certified by GOTS and OEKO-TEX.
What About the Big Brands?
Is Carter’s Little Planet GOTS certified?
Yes, Carter’s now has a Little Planet collection of kids clothes that is all GOTS certified organic.
Is OshKosh OEKO-TEX certified?
Yes, many of OshKosh’s garments are OEKO-TEX certified, which means they have been verified to be free from a list of potentially toxic chemicals. Since OshKosh is owned by Carter’s they do have some organic options as well, but just make sure to check the details of the specific piece before purchasing.
Is Gap certified organic?
Gap does have some organic clothing, including options for kids and babies. The easiest way to find it is to type “organic” into the search bar on their website.
Are Cat & Jack clothes OEKO-TEX certified?
Many of Cat & Jack’s kids clothing is OEKO-TEX certified, which means they are free from certain potentially toxic chemicals. They do not appear to have any organic cotton options for kids at this time.
Is The Children’s Place organic?
Children’s Place does not appear to carry any organic kids clothing at this time.
Is Gymboree organic?
Gymboree does not appear to have any organic options at this time.
Wrapping Up: Final Thoughts on Organic & Sustainable Kids Clothing Brands
Clothing made from GOTS certified organic cotton and non-toxic dyes is not only better for kids and the planet overall, but it can be especially helpful for little ones with eczema and sensitive skin. Plus, they tend to be more durable and have a higher re-sale value as well!
Any other organic children’s clothes brands you love? Let us know in the comments below and we’ll check them out!
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