Two kids measuring eachother's heights, wearing neutral unisex children's clothing by Orbasics.
02 May
Two kids measuring eachother's heights, wearing neutral unisex children's clothing by Orbasics.

The Ultimate Guide to Ethical and Sustainable Children’s Clothing

Shopping for ethical and sustainable kids’ clothing is tricky at the best of times. Thankfully, we have rated and curated this list of “Good” and “Great” brands from all over the world to help you out.

From gifting to clothing growing kids, we’ve got you

Whether you’ve been invited to a baby shower or your little one has graduated to the next size up, we’re here to make shopping ethical children’s clothing brands one less thing to worry about.

Staying committed to your ethical fashion values when shopping for an entire family can be difficult. Big chains offer super cheap clothing for children, making it easy to find quick outfits as your kids grow—but chances are shopping from these places will compromise your morals as a conscious consumer. We’ve created this guide so you’ll know exactly where to shop for quality, ethical clothing that will keep your little angels (or cheeky devils) looking cute and feeling comfy. Each brand is rated either “Good” or “Great” in the Good On You directory, meaning they are committed to the ethical and environmental issues you care about.

Read on to discover our favourite ethical children’s clothing brands.

USA + Canada

KIDS WORLWIDE

Rated: Good

KIDS WORLDWIDE is a clothing brand from the US made especially for the kids of today. Find the clothes for newborns through to 10 year olds.

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Shop KIDS WORLDWIDE.

Winter Water Factory

Rated: Good
girl wearing blue and white flowery dress from winter water factory

Founded by Brooklyn-based creatives Stefanie Lynen and Todd Warnock, this brand was named by Stefanie as an ode to a childhood business venture in Germany, where she and her sister bottled melted snow and sold it to their parents as Winterwasser or “Winter Water”. Every piece of Winter Water Factory clothing is made using 100% certified organic cotton – crafted in the USA, from start to finish. It also uses a natural fleece, and while it doesn’t specify the source, no other animal products are used. What’s even better? It makes gorgeous women’s clothing, too, so mums and bubs can match in style.

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Shop Winter Water Factory.

Shop Winter Water Factory second hand @ Retykle.

Jackalo

Rated: Good
boy wearing jackalo ethical outfit

Jackalo creates organic and ethical playclothes for kids. It uses a high proportion of eco-friendly materials including Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) certified cotton, and reuses all of its offcuts to minimise textile waste!

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Shop Jackalo.

Shop Jackalo @ Cerqular.

Conscious Step

Rated: Good

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Conscious Step creates premium fair trade, organic, vegan socks and clothes which support great charities. The US brand is committed to lasting social and environmental change and every step it takes in its production process supports farms and factories with fair wages, safe facilities, and sustainable materials. The socks come in S-L sizes, and the clothes in 2XS-2XL.

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Shop Conscious Step.

The Good Tee

Rated: Great
two kids wearing white organic tee by The Good Tee

Canadian brand The Good Tee is on a mission to be a positive example of responsibly made basics for the whole family, and strives to humanise the fashion industry. Find its range in sizes XS-2XL.

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Shop The Good Tee.

TAMGA Designs

Rated: Great
A blonde child wearing a matching floral sustainable dress with an adult by TAMGA Designs.

TAMGA Designs is out to prove how colourful and exciting sustainable fashion can be, serving up gorgeous, flowy designs that will glide you into warmer weather with poise and grace. TAMGA offers a range of tops, skirts, dresses, and accessories made from 100% Micro TENCEL® and LENZING™ ECOVERO™. You can find the full range of this Canadian brand in sizes XS-2XL.

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Shop TAMGA Designs.

MATE the Label

Rated: Great
child wearing mate the label's childrenswear collection

MATE the Label creates clean essentials made with GOTS certified organic fabrics and low-impact dyes. Its goal is to offer women, and now children, everywhere a clean product that is just as beautiful as it is sustainable. It is proudly female-founded and is predominately operated by women. This US brand also manufactures locally to reduce its carbon footprint. Find the Mini MATE collection in sizes 2/3 to 6/7.

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Shop MATE the Label.

éclipse

Rated: Good

Children’s Sun Sleeves – Ships internationally from the US

éclipse creates climate control UPF 50+ clothing essentials and accessories to help keep the whole family sunsafe. It manufactures locally to reduce its carbon footprint, and its entire product range is vegan-friendly. Products are stocked in sizes S-XL.

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Shop éclipse.

tentree

Rated: Good
two kids wearing childrenswear collection by tentree

Canadian brand tentree believes big change starts small. Small as in bringing your reusable bag to the grocery store, making fewer, more thoughtful purchases, and choosing to purchase sustainably when you do. The brand plants ten trees for every item purchased to help regenerate ecosystems and provide planting jobs in communities around the world, and has already planted over 65 million trees.

All tentree’s products are created with an Earth-First approach, meaning they're made in fair, safe working conditions, and constructed using only sustainably sourced and recycled materials. tentree’s super comfy fabrics and easy wardrobe staples are typically available from XS to XL.

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Shop tentree.

Europe

Infantium Victoria

Rated: Great
young POC girl wearing preloved green velvet dress by ethical vegan brand Infantium Victoria

Infantium Victoria offers beautiful vegan luxury for all ages. This German brand scores 'Great' across the board! Its products are certified by Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS), and it sells previously owned products to minimise textile waste.

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Shop Infantium Victoria.

Shop Infantium Victoria @ LVR Sustainable.

Kampos

Rated: Good

Kampos is an Italian luxury brand that believes in creating a world with integrity and conscience now and for future generations. The brand aims to raise awareness of over-fishing and marine pollution and offers consumers unique pieces that are made of recycled plastic bottles, fishing nets and sustainable and organic fabrics. Find most products in sizes XS to 2XL.

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Shop Kampos.

Kings of Indigo

Rated: Good

Kings of Indigo makes quality denims, tops, and accessories inspired by American classics with a Japanese eye for detail. The brand uses GOTS organic cotton as well as recycled cotton and wool, and avoids all chemicals from the REACH chemical list. Find sizes XS-L.

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Shop Kings of Indigo @ thegreenlabels.

Shop Kings of Indigo.

Mini Rodini

Rated: Great
kids wearing mini rodini outfits in garden

Mini Rodini offers sustainable baby and kids clothes, accessories, and more. It is certified by Oeko-Tex Standard 100 and is a member of the Fair Wear Foundation. Find the adorable range for 0-11 years.

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Shop Mini Rodini @ LVR Sustainable.

Shop Mini Rodini Pre-Owned @ Vestiaire Collective.

Shop Mini Rodini Pre-Owned @ Retykle.

Shop Mini Rodini.

Pitupi

Rated: Great
baby wearing dptted pitupi outfit

Pitupi offers socially and environmentally sustainable clothing for kids and babies. It uses a high proportion of eco-friendly materials like GOTS certified cotton and creates high-quality, long-lasting products locally to reduce its carbon footprint.

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Shop Pitupi.

Sense Organics

Rated: Great
boy wearing blue sense organics t-shirt

Sense Organics is an established German brand that has been dressing kids in its colourful organic cotton range for 18 years. We give it a ‘Great’ rating for its commitment to eco-friendly materials and its treatment of garment workers, including ensuring suppliers pay a living wage.

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Shop Sense Organics.

Orbasics

Rated: Great
Two toddlers wearing neutral matching sweatsuits by Orbasics.

Orbasics is a stylish and simple German clothing brand that turns the softest organic cotton into gorgeous clothes that last.

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Shop Orbasics.

Josette la Chouette

Rated: Great
woman carrying baby in cloth

Josette la Chouette is an online store that designs beautiful baby wearing scarves and organic cotton t-shirts for kids, combining quality workmanship with graphic originality.

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Shop Josette la Chouette.

Coq en Pâte

Rated: Great
baby wearing yellow coq en pate tshirt

Children’s accessories and fashion brand which places ethics in the heart of all creative processes. It uses a high proportion of eco-friendly materials including GOTS certified cotton, and most of its supply chain is either independently audited or visited by the brand.

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Shop Coq en Pâte.

La Queue du Chat

Rated: Great
kid wearing khaki la queue du chat tshirt

At La Queue du Chat, the entire production line from cotton blossom to weaving to garment-making is GOTS certified in order to guarantee healthy products without chemicals or toxic residues.

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Shop La Queue du Chat Pre-Owned @ Retykle.

Shop La Queue du Chat.

Wildling

Rated: Good
Cropped shot of a child wearing Wildling eco slip on shoes.

Wildling is a German footwear brand that encourages novice and experienced walkers alike to rediscover pleasant, natural walking. Find the shoes in EU sizes 36 to 48.

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Shop Wildling.

Dedicated

Rated: Great

If you love a great graphic print, Swedish label Dedicated has you covered. Dedicated is an ethical streetwear brand for men, women, and children. All cotton used in its pieces are 100% organic and most are Fairtrade-certified, which means that you don’t have to sacrifice your ethics to dress in style. Find the clothes in XS-XL.

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Shop Dedicated.

Shop Dedicated @ Curate.

Shop Dedicated @ Earthkind.

Jyoti – Fair Works

Rated: Good

For those living in Europe, you’re lucky enough to be able to get your hands on the beautiful 100% GOTS cotton products created by Jyoti. Truly embodying ethical fashion practices, this German company provides employment for people from marginalised or disadvantaged groups in India. Sizes available are S-XL.

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Shop Jyoti.

Opera Campi

Rated: Good

Founded in 2017, Italian brand Opera Campi creates premium quality garments from locally-sourced raw materials. By using a balanced approach to sustainability, the brand makes conscious choices throughout its supply chain and donates 4% of its profits to social causes. The brand is inclusively sized from 3XS-3XL.

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Shop Opera Campi.

NIKIN

Rated: Good

If you’re the kind of person who likes to wear their morals, look no further. Not only is a tree planted every time you purchase a NIKIN product, you also get to show your tree pride! The brand has everything a little tree planter needs – with its Kids Collection (which goes from XS to L), your kids are well equipped and develop a love for nature at an early age.

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Shop NIKIN.

NOAH

Rated: Good
three children wearing noah espadrilles

NOAH creates cruelty-free and 100% vegan shoes and accessories. The vegan, non-toxic, and sustainable kids’ shoes from this German brand are manufactured under fair working conditions in Italy and are affordable!

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Shop NOAH.

Shop NOAH @ Immaculate Vegan.

The UK

Frugi

Rated: Good

Frugi is a British label that specialises in bright, wearable organic clothing for women and children. There are plenty of playful designs as well as classics. Frugi has you covered for maternity wear and nursing clothes, as well as baby and children’s wear. We love the distinctive designs and commitment to putting the planet first.

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Shop Frugi.

Shop Frugi second hand @ Retykle.

Little Green Radicals

Rated: Great
baby wearing little green radicals navy jumpsuit

Little Green Radicals creates ‘organic clothing for free-range kids’. Their adorable range of childrenswear is always made from 100% organic, Fairtrade-certified cotton, so you know the brand cares about the planet, workers, and your little one, too!

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Shop Little Green Radicals.

Shop Little Green Radicals second hand @ Retykle.

Pop My Way

Rated: Great

Pop My Way is a GOTS certified brand that features mix and match baby essentials that are designed to "pop" onto the garment. This UK brand's modular and versatile designs take the stress out of getting your little one dressed with mix and match elements you can switch in and out for ease or occasion.

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Shop Pop My Way.

Stella McCartney

Rated: Good
second hand kidswear by stella mccartney

Pre-Owned Stella McCartney Kidswear – Ships internationally

A member of the Ethical Trading Initiative and Sustainable Apparel Coalition, Stella McCartney has set some excellent environmental standards across the luxury fashion industry. Stella uses some eco-friendly materials, including recycled polyester and organic cotton, and has a strategy in place to reduce waste across its entire supply chain. It has also adopted the ETI Code of Conduct that includes a living wage definition.

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Shop Stella McCartney @ LVR Sustainable.

Shop Stella McCartney @ Labell-D.

Shop Stella McCartney Kids Pre-Owned @ Retykle.

Shop Stella McCartney Pre-Owned @ Vestiaire Collective.

Shop Stella McCartney.

Burberry (Pre-Owned)

Rated: It's A Start

Pre-Owned Burberry Kidswear – Ships internationally

Burberry is a British luxury fashion house known for its timeless beige trench coats. The brand has good policies to monitor suppliers, but it still uses exotic animal products. Shopping Burberry second hand allows us to add items to our wardrobe without using additional resources in the manufacturing process, to keep clothes out of landfills, and to (re)discover Burberry's unique and special pieces along the way.

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Shop Burberry Pre-Owned @ Vestiaire Collective.

Australia + New Zealand

Oobi

Rated: Great
little girl wearing blue and pink flower dress by oobi

Oobi is an Australian girl’s fashion, swimwear, homewares and lifestyle brand. In addition to creating stylish clothes for our children, the brand makes sure it uses low-impact non-toxic dyes throughout its range. It also used no animal products and uses sea freight to transport products to reduce its climate impact.

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Shop Oobi.

Shop Oobi pre loved @ Retykle.

My Fair Baby

Rated: Good
girl wearing my fair baby yellow stripped dress

Find gorgeous newborn organic baby clothes at My Fair Baby. Filled with fairtrade goodness, the brand creates ethical goodies that do good for others. It provides jobs for workers from disadvantaged communities in India, and ensures payment of a living wage to most of its supply chain.

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Shop My Fair Baby.

Little Emperor

Rated: Great
girl wearing pink little emperor t-shirt

Little Emperor creates unique, functional, and hard-wearing clothing for children. Its affordable clothing is made from environmentally friendly organic cotton, and every garment is designed in Sydney, and made in a Sedex approved factory ensuring living wages and safe working conditions for factory workers. From the materials and packaging, right down to the energy supplier and banking, Little Emperor is dedicated to environmentally friendly practice. Named in honour of the adorable Emperor Penguin, Little Emperor is a member of 1% for the Planet, meaning 1% of sales are donated to environmental non-profits, helping protect the penguins’ home.

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Shop Little Emperor.

Dimples

Rated: Good

Dimples is a New Zealand based brand that offers a large range of specialist baby and mother care products. The brand uses the highest-quality soft, warm New Zealand merino and pure organic cotton to make a wide range of baby clothing, blankets, and accessories.

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Shop Dimples Pre-Owned @ Retykle.

Shop Dimples.

Bam Loves Boo

Rated: Good

Bam Loves Boo is a unisex Australian childrenswear brand that is all about making beautiful clothing for the little people you love. The clothes are available for children 0-3 years.

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Shop Bam Loves Boo.

Earthlings

Rated: Great
shot of eathlings clothing

Perfect for baby’s sensitive skin, Earthlings’ clothing is crafted from certified organic Fairtrade cotton that hasn’t been treated with pesticides, bleach, or other chemicals. This family-owned brand focuses on keeping clothing as natural as possible every step of the way and their designs are hand-printed with certified eco-friendly dyes and inks.

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Shop Earthlings.

Elle Evans

Rated: Great

Founded in 2013, Elle Evans Swimwear creates beautiful, sustainable, swimwear and activewear for people who care about fashion and the future. The brand uses post-consumer waste fabrics and traces all of its supply chain. The range is stocked in sizes XS-3XL.

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Shop Elle Evans.

Thunderpants NZ

Rated: Great
matching red and blue patterned underwear and basics for the family from ethical brand Thunderpants BZ

Thunderpants is a New Zealand brand that makes clothing for the whole family, designed to fit and built to last.

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Shop Thunderpants NZ.

Rest of the world

Loop Swim

Rated: Great
child wearing purple patterned sustainable kids rashguard by Loop Swim

Loop Swim is a Chinese brand that transforms post-consumer use plastic bottles into phenomenal REPREVE UP50+ sun protective swimwear for men, women, and kids. Find most items in sizes XS to XL.

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Shop Loop Swim.

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Editor's note

Feature image via Orbasics, all other images via brands mentioned. This article was first published in 2016 and updated in May 2022. Good On You publishes the world’s most comprehensive ratings of fashion brands’ impact on people, the planet, and animals. We love to recommend some of the best sustainable brands, rated "Good" or "Great". We also encourage shopping pre-owned as another great way to reduce the impact of our fashion choices. Use our directory to search thousands of rated brands. We may earn a commission on sales with top-rated partners made using our offer codes or affiliate links. links.

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