Which Australian brands are producing ethically-made clothes for kids? These nine fit the bill for producing garments made with environmental sustainability and/or ethical work practices in mind.
1.Fable Baby. Pictured: White Rain Romper
Why do we love them? Produced in Melbourne by cousins Phoebe and Prue, Fable Baby collections are created with sustainability in mind, using soft organic or locally sourced natural fabrics.
Bonus: The knit pieces for babies to three year olds are classic pieces that you’ll want to save and hand down.
2.One Sunday. Pictured: Summer drawstring dress
Why do we love them? Mum of three, Henrietta feels strongly about ethical production – she employs a group of women in Sydney to sew her designs.
Bonus: One Sunday offer age-appropriate options for tween girls. 3.Fabrik. Pictured: Jumpsuit in Violet print and Butterfly linen top
Why do we love them? Founder Sarah Hardie designs all her pieces in Australia, then oversees the team of seamstresses in Bali who are provided with fair working conditions and paid above award rate. Fabrik also uses a printing house that uses the best environmental practises to keep the local area and waterways unpolluted by production. Fun fact: the base of the printer comes from locally sourced seaweed.
Bonus: Fabrik clothes and bed linen are simply beautiful. Many items feature delicate floral patterns and timeless cuts.
4.Wilson + Frenchy. Pictured: Be Brave bib
Why do we love them? Run by mum Liana, Wilson and Frenchy pieces are produced in fair trade factories only.
Bonus: Delightful designs on onesies for mixing things up in the babywear dept.
5. Paul + Paula. Pictured: Peace, Love and Vegetables shirt
Why do we love them? Paul + Paula is the work of designer and Melbourne based mum, Kerstin, who designs and makes all the garments herself with ethical consumerism in mind.
Bonus: Sturdy unisex pieces for babies and kids with with cool designs and slogans.
6. Minikins. Pictured: Flora Baby Bloomer Set
Why do we love them? Handmade in Perth by Marie Helene and her daughters, Tess and Annie, all items are made with organic cotton.
Bonus: Matching bloomer and headband sets are as cute as can be.
7. Acorn Kids. Pictured: Willow hat
Why do we love them? Acorn was founded by Melbournian mum, Fiona, who’s focused on running an ethical business that also supports a women’s collective.
Bonus: Fun and unique accessories including great knits for playful little people.
8. Two Tykes. Pictured: Climbing Rose Suit
Why do we love them? Their baby products are made using 100% GOTS certified organic cotton.
Bonus: Super cute prints like climbing roses, pineapples and palm trees.
9. Sapling Child. Pictured: Heart bloomers
Why do we love them? Sapling Child produce baby and toddler pieces in soft organic cotton – you can feel the quality when you hold it in your hands. Bonus: The patterns are soft and sweet. The heart bottoms are a fave.
Want to take a look into the life of an ethical designer? Check out our interview with Henrietta from One Sunday for an insight into her practices and inspirations.