Shopping Matters

Miriam
A classic dress for all seasons, upcycled from grandpa’s shirt. Worn sweetly in both summer and rain showers.

On this journey to create a sustainable childrenswear line, we have learned so much about how clothing is made and the importance of making a positive impact on the fashion industry. It’s great to have all this information, but how do you use it in your everyday life?

Since it’s August, we are thinking about back to school shopping and we know a lot of you are thinking about it as well. Here are 4 questions that are helpful to ask yourself when you head out shopping.

Is this garment made from sustainable textiles?

Ok, kind of a trick question if you read our earlier blog post about sustainable fabric. Spoiler alert: there is no truly sustainable fabric. However, there are some textile options that are a step in the right direction. Organic or responsibly grown fibers reduce pesticide and fertilizer use. Upcycled or gently used clothes from friends, thrift shops and donation organizations (like Little Swappies) are even better.

All the little details
Construction is key. Inspect before you buy. Make sure your children’s clothing doesn’t come apart the first time you wash it!

Is this garment well constructed?

Try to choose clothes that will last through multiple seasons, children and washes without the need to resew buttons or fix ripped seams.

Was this garment ethically manufactured?

Ethical manufacturing means that workers are paid a living wage, no child labor is used and the working spaces are clean and well lit. Shopping locally or buying US brands is a good way to support ethical manufacturers, as well as support your community and economy.

Is this garment timeless/classic?

Choosing clothes with a classic, simple style means that they won’t look dated when passing them on – plus your child will finally have something to wear with that embellished sweater or colorful tights.

So, what about price? Yes, these kinds of clothes usually come with a higher price tag. However, it’s often more expensive to buy cheap clothing because you must buy more often as the clothing wears out quickly.

And don’t forget these tips when shopping for yourself as well!

Learn more about our custom childrenswear here and join our newsletter to gain first access to our upcoming launch!

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