Last Updated on September 21, 2022 by The Filtery Staff
Whether you’re in need of new school clothes your 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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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.
Additionally, there’s the microplastic problem. When synthetic clothing is washed, tiny pieces of that synthetic material gets washed down the drain and enters 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 not any 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 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 Children’s Clothing
GOTS Certified Organic Cotton (Or Other Natural Fabrics)
Although you may find other natural materials such as hemp or linen in kids’ clothes, the vast majority of brands are using organic cotton. Although GOTS (Global Organic Textile Standard) is not the only third-party certification available for organic cotton, it’s definitely the most common one. It ensures that the cotton used for fabrics are grown without synthetic pesticides and processed without toxic chemicals, and that farmers are paid a fair wage for their crop.
A lot can happen to a fiber from the time it’s harvested to when it makes 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 (it doesn’t ban all PFAS, just some of them), but it’s still helpful.
Most parents don’t want children making their children’s clothes. 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).
Our Top Picks for Organic Clothes for Kids
Now, let’s get to our recommendations for the best organic clothes for kids! A lot of these brands are small businesses that are 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: NB – 10/12
Price Range: $9 – $45
Made in: India
Carries: Casual clothes, pajamas, socks, & underwear for babies, toddlers, and kids
Pact is one of our favorite brands for affordable organic cotton basics for the entire family. Their clothing is all made from GOTS certified organic cotton in Fair Trade certified factories in India—no sweatshops here.
Pact carries clothes for all of your little ones, from newborn up to tweens. They offer fun patterns along with bright solid colors, and these clothes are meant to be played in! You can get pretty much everything you need for your children’s wardrobe here—including socks and undies.
Plus, not only is the shipping carbon offset but you can also use your Pact box to ship back your outgrown and gently used clothing to be re-sold to benefit non-profit organizations.
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 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 like lobsters and Disney characters!
All of their clothing is made out of GOTS certified organic 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 babies and toddlers, 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 renewal energy and recycled 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.
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 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.
7. 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 clothes are 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!
9. 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.
Stay tuned — we’ll be adding more brands organic kids’ clothing brands soon!