Following Tuesday’s best natural baby products post, here is the second baby life post in honor of C’s second birthday this week! Last year I shared our favorite sustainable children’s clothing brands and shops, which I continually update. While shopping from ethical, sustainable companies is certainly a goal of ours, it is not the only way we shop for children’s clothes sustainably!
Fashion is the second biggest pollutant in the world – even cute baby clothes are a problem! With that in mind, it’s important to think about shopping sustainably and reusing what’s already been made!
I attempt to buy quality clothes for myself and try to rewear items as much as possible before donating/recycling them. And while it can be hard at times, I try to do the same thing with C’s wardrobe (as much as I can considering he’s constantly growing)!
Sustainable Children’s Clothes Shopping Tips
Children’s clothes are pretty stinkin’ cute. No matter what “look” you and your kiddo have, there are some adorable things out there. Guess what! You don’t need them all!
I know. Shocking. But kids can be (unintentionally) inundated with far more than they truly need in clothes and toys!
And clothing is actually the one thing I try to steer friends and family away from buying for us – preferring books and sustainable toys (fingers crossed!).
C’s wardrobe is always a combination of second hand, sustainable, and eco-friendlier (that’s budget friendly).
We always try to size up as much as possible to ensure he can wear the item at least an entire season if not more.
Usually we buy items before a season starts and then not again until it’s time for a seasonal change. Though it does make those in-between seasons a little busier, it’s actually much easier on the whole!
Second Hand via Facebook Groups + Marketplace
As with EVERYTHING else in our lives, reusing is always the most sustainable approach to life, which is exactly what second-hand is!
My first stop for second hand is Facebook – for the local resale groups and Facebook Marketplace locally. Each city has their own mom, resale, and buy nothing groups.
You can look in your smaller region too. You’re likely within walking or biking distance of the person from whom you’re buying! SO SUSTAINABLE!
Second Hand via eBay
If my local region doesn’t seem to be selling the clothes I’m looking for, I turn to eBay. I’ve actually found a few pieces of outerwear and a book for C through eBay. (including this ZARA sweater that we always get compliments on)
Some items are bought via bidding, but many have a set price, so there’s no guessing or haggling, which I prefer!
Sustainable Children’s Clothing Brands
And finally – sustainable kids clothing brands! There are a growing number of brands and companies offering children’s clothing that are organic, Oeko-Tex certified, and produced ethically!
I will note that some of these are on the pricier side – for obvious reasons, which is why we do a mix of sources for C’s clothes.
What to Buy Second Hand for Children
Every season looks a little different for us in terms of how much of C’s clothes are new versus second hand. Surprisingly (or not), I have never felt as though we’ve sacrificed the look we like for his clothes.
No we don’t get everything from one place. It takes a little time, but we really like how he looks, his clothes fit decently all season (even if we’re rolling sleeves or cuffing hems at times), and we feel we’re making efforts to be more sustainable.
I also feel it’s important that C grow up with previously owned items because I don’t want him to associate new or used with good or bad. So many people and kids in this world don’t get to choose – there is nothing wrong with that! So we hope C will know that he is dressed and loved regardless of his clothing!
If you’re just getting started with second hand and sustainable children’s clothes shopping, I’d recommend researching items by size and then pick what you need.
About a year ago, I decided that all C’s pajamas would be secondhand. They’re so readily found in local groups. I also aimed to get his outerwear previously owned (with the exception of his puffer jacket).
The only items I haven’t considered getting used are shoes, socks, and underwear when the time comes. But to each family, their own!