Organic crops are grown without chemicals, pesticides, herbicides, nor are these genetically modified during the production process. Pesticides produce toxins that harm the environment and also cancer-causing chemicals that flow into lakes, rivers and other waterways and destroy entire ecosystems.
Clothes made from organic materials must meet stringent guidelines in order for it to be certified organic. Those that succeed often carry one of the following labels: * GOTS label From the Global Organic Textile Standard association, based in Germany. This label has two versions: 95 to 100 per cent organic fibres or 70 to 94 per cent organic fibres.
Buying organic clothes is a breeze, too, because of the ever-growing number of online stores. Scroll through our gallery to find out where to shop for your tot’s eco-friendly threads!
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WHAT Founded by local mumpreneur Ho Su Mei, the two-year-old label turns out thoughtfully made clothing for your cherubs aged 6 and below. Sea Apple prides itself on producing quality clothes featuring original prints in limited batches. Collections featuring a new theme is launched every season. PRICE RANGE $54.90 for a Mandarin romper to $79.90 for a Cate Cheongsam. Shipping is free for orders above $70, $3.90 for those below $70. WHY WE LOVE IT Every item you click on offers suggestions for other stylish pieces, so that you can coordinate what all your kids wear. LOOK OUT FOR… The Chinese New Year 2018 collection is filled with pieces bathed in flora motifs — from Cheongsams for the girls and Mandarin collared shirts for the boys!
WHAT Brit sisters Beth and Sarah Medley co-founded Hunter+Boo in 2017, a clothing label based in Singapore. On becoming a mother of twins, Beth decided to start an ethical children’s clothing line and Sarah was a natural choice for a partner as she has prior experience as a high-fashion buyer in the UK. The result is a collection of exquisite children’s apparel made from 100 per cent organic cotton featuring colours derived from eco dyes and are free from harsh chemicals. PRICE RANGE $29 for a T-shirt to $39 for a jumpsuit or romper. Shipping is free for orders above $70, $5 for orders below $70. WHY WE LOVE IT Look out for its nursery collection boasting organic cotton blankets, handmade teddy bears, cushions and even Palmyra baskets! Some items are designed in collaboration with Sri Lankan based The Island Craft organisation, which is established to support local artisans and small village industries. LOOK OUT FOR… The soft and cuddly HB X IC Teddy Bear and Navy Marl Blanket are just what your little one needs for a good night’s sleep!
WHAT Besides retailing only 100 per cent certified GOTS organic cotton clothes for tots from 0 to age 3, Singapore based Little Suite is also home to your child’s swimwear and even feeding needs. All purchases — except sale items — are covered by a 14-day exchange policy. PRICE RANGE $34.90 for a short-sleeved tee for babies 0 to 12 months to $49.90 for a woven dress for toddlers (3 months to age 3). Regular delivery costs $1.50 for all orders below $120, free for orders above $120. WHY WE LOVE IT Little Suite also sells a selection of wooden toys from Japanese label Kukkia, which are great for sparking your child’s imagination. LOOK OUT FOR… The Ice cream wrap dress and Popcorn kimono bodysuit are stylish pieces to add to your baby’s wardrobe.
Kerry & Mase
WHATKerry & Mase, which was established in Singapore in 2014, is a chic baby and kid’s wear brand selling GOTS-certified organic cotton and cotton silk apparel. They also offer bathrobes and adorable footwear for your mini-explorer. PRICE RANGE US$23 ($30.41) for an organic cotton romper to US$45 for a Daisy Dress Shipping is a flat fee of US$6.50. WHY WE LOVE IT Other than organic cotton clothing, Kerry & Mase also produces unique children’s mulberry silk apparel that is sourced from Laos. LOOK OUT FOR… The sweet pastel pink halter neck Mulberry Silk Romper will keep your mini-explorer cool when you’re out and about on a sunny day.
WHAT Buy summer-ready clothes year-round at Kalila Organics, a French-Singaporean children’s wear brand. Inspired by sunny days, the breeze and salty water, the GOTS-certified clothes are big on style, yet environmentally friendly. PRICE RANGE $19.90 for a Basic short-sleeved onesie to $34.90 for a Beach Muslin Swaddle Shipping is free for orders above $100, $4 to $6 for orders below $100. WHY WE LOVE IT The togs come in one single colour tone such as red, yellow, grey or green, which makes it easy to combine with other pieces to complete the look. LOOK OUT FOR… We dig the drool-worthy gear including the ice cream motif that comes in various designs including a newborn romper (they call it a body wrap) and a singlet!
The Little Bao
WHAT Founder Charisse Zee’s experiences with her own sensitive skin spurred her to start multi-label online store The Little Bao, so as to share environmentally-friendly products with her mummy pals. Zee assures shoppers that she only sells hand-picked products that aren’t widely available in Singapore. PRICE RANGE $12.90 for a pair of mittens from Goumi Mitts to $42.90 for a Goumi Jamms pyjamas. Free delivery for purchases above $100, $10 for orders below $100. WHY WE LOVE IT Besides just stocking up on clothes, the Little Bao is also your one-stop shop for belly bands, cosmetics and even baby-friendly laundry detergents and cleaners. LOOK OUT FOR… The environmentally-friendly stuffed bunny and rattle double as adorable playthings for bubs!
We Are Minimal
WHAT You’ll dig We Are Minimal if you’re looking for simple unisex clothes for your kids aged 2 to 8 years. The American founders — Molly Leis and Jason Cornelius — are new parents with years of experience in New York’s fashion industry. The outfits come in neutral shades like grey, white and beige, so they make versatile basics to build your child’s wardrobe with. PRICE RANGE US$34 ($44.95) for a blush tee to US$38 for a long-sleeved dark gray raglan (Free shipping). WHY WE LOVE IT Share these gender neutral pieces and even pass them from brother to sister and back again to get more bang for your buck. Shipping is free. LOOK OUT FOR…Tanks and hoodies that are perfect for any weather, from sunny playdates to cold chilly days!