I’ve got a few green product pet peeves, such as why doesn’t an actual green deodorant exist? I’m talking one that REALLY works! However, as a green parent, a bigger pet peeve of mine is why aren’t there any flipping eco-friendly clothing companies making clothes for kids?
And by kids, I mean kids ages 7 years to 15 years or so. For some reason unknown to me, eco-friendly clothing companies apparently believe that people come in three ages; baby, young child and adult. I have a nine year old. Do you know how hard it is to find eco-friendly clothing for a nine year old boy?! It’s seriously almost impossible.
I guess that organic and other eco-friendly clothing makers assume that ONLY babies and young kids deserve clothes that are free from chemicals. From elementary school to the teen years I suppose it’s fine to just swim in chemicals.
With this in mind, I’ve been considering where to get clothes for kids and rounded up some ideas.
OPTIONS BEYOND ACTUAL CLOTHING COMPANIES
Look at conventional stores: I’ve had some luck checking out clothing sites for small adult or tiny teen sizes – which works for shirts but not pants. Also, I’ll look at plain old stores online (or in person) because while some don’t advertise it, you can find organic kids clothing at these places, it just takes more time to look, because they also sell traditional fabrics.
Go local: Another option is to look at local head shops and eco-shops in your town. You can visit local green stores and sometimes find decent clothing for kids.
Thrift stores – used is eco-friendly in my opinion. While used does not = chemical-free, in my opinion it’s better and greener to buy used than all new. That said, once in a while my son deserves a new piece of clothing, so below are some clothing companies I found who do offer some clothes for older kids. By older I mean 7 years +. If the clothing store doesn’t offer a decent selection for this age group, I’m not listing them.
- Earth Creations – offers some organic tees in larger kid sizes. Not anything my son would love though.
- Sarah Waldo makes some cool clothing for girls up to age 10, but the site has not been updated for a while, so I’m not sure how much luck you’ll have finding pieces.
- Tea Collection – many styles of eco-friendly clothes but only if your kid is eight years old or under. I said I’d post anything over 7 years though, so…
- In rather unique news, Cecilia Cassini is a young (ten years old I believe) girl who makes clothing and according to reports, some of it is eco-friendly. The website is almost murder to browse (VERY slow loading, not set up well) but may be worth a look if you have daughters.
Wow. I literally have 100+ green clothing companies bookmarked, just looked through them all, and the above is all I came up with. How utterly disappointing.
It’s a super slim list I know so maybe other folks can add to it in the comments. AND if you are an eco-friendly clothing company here’s a newsflash – our kids do age you know. Why not get on board with this aging theory? It’d be nice.
[image via personal photos – Cedar]