- Children inevitably outgrow clothing, which can be not only expensive but also is extremely environmentally taxing. Borobabi seeks to address this issue via its unique business model. Promoting circularity, Borobabi offers personalized clothing bundles from the brand's in-house team of real mom stylists. Customers are then allowed to choose to buy, rent, or return any items, giving customers access to quality, ethically, and sustainably made clothing at a fraction of the market price. Borobabi believes that shopping sustainability should be accessible to all, regardless of income level, and their discounted second-hand prices allow for this inclusivity. As a parent-run company, return policies are flexible and rented clothing can be taken back in any condition. To encourage customers to return their items after use, Borobabi provides discounts off of original purchase prices if returned, promoting second-hand use of goods.
- Borobabi strives to partner with brands that choose organic, GOTS certified, and OEKO-TEX certified materials, decreasing carbon emissions, freshwater use, and clothing waste. Mindful of even the smallest details, Borobabi recycles monofibers from their clothing back into usable fibers, and partners with local composters to return the clothing back to the environment.
- Tenderleaf specializes in creating sustainably sourced imaginative wood toys. Tenderleaf aims to create timeless and durable toys that will withstand generations, decreasing the need for surplus plastic-based toys.
- By using reclaimed timber from trees discarded from the latex industry in Indonesia, they turn byproducts into entertaining and educational products for all ages. Plywood use is FSC certified, and the brand partners with the Indonesian government in a 1 to 1 commitment to replant trees every tree used. The brand has also almost eliminated single-use plastic throughout their entire supply chain, using recycled cardboard and wrap in most products. Prioritizing safety as well, Tenderleaf uses only toxic-free, formaldehyde-free glues, and lead-free paints.
- Tenderleaf is intentional about handmade manufacturing. From raw wood to finished product, the drying of wood, cutting, and painting processes happen in a single factory. They are also proud to be awarded the ICTI Ethical Toy Program seal of approval, showcasing their commitment to responsible resourcing. Maintaining a close relationship with their suppliers is crucial to their statement of brand identity, as members of the Tenderleaf team travel to work, eat, and converse alongside factory workers in Indonesia for two months out of every year.
- Made by moms, Mightly understands the love of soft, durable, cotton children's clothing while also balancing cotton’s environmentally “dirty” reputation. By sourcing from organic, GOTS, and fair-trade certified cotton mills, the brand works to mitigate water and pesticide use commonly associated with its production. In addition, they prioritize working with marginalized farmers to help establish secure and profitable occupations.
- Mightly also honors ethical manufacturing processes, and invests in their workers both inside and outside the factory, putting money back into the local community to help establish eschools, vocational training centers, loan funds, and eco-centers. In fact, in 2010, their Rajlakshmi factory was the first factory in the world to achieve a Fair Trade certification. You can even see the garment worker who made your clothing and their personal testimony as to how Fair-Trade practices have personally impacted their lives on their website.
- The brand also values gender inclusivity, including a range of gender-neutral clothing.
- Lovevery is an Idaho-based company that specializes in developmental toys tailored to each specific age-based stage a child goes through. Backed by a team of accredited academics, researchers, and practitioners, Lovevery designs with intent and thought. By choosing materials such as bio-based plastics, organic cotton, FSC certified wood, and soy-based inks, the company is not only developmentally conscious but also environmentally.
- Conscious of carbon emissions, the brand tracks emissions throughout the entire supply chain and seeks to minimize or offset any necessary pollutants their products might cause.
- Shipping is carbon neutral as they invest in carbon reduction products to offset any emissions that come with transportation. Their commitment to sustainability doesn’t end there, as they plan to release a second-hand marketplace in the coming years, as well as achieve zero net carbon emissions.
- Giving back is second nature for Lovevery, as they invest in multiple climate alliances and renewable energy programs both at home and around the world. One of their more recent initiatives involved a partnership with 3Degrees, a program that installs eco-friendly stoves in Ugandan households, reducing pollutant emissions and decreasing deforestation by reducing reliance on wood for fuel. They are proud members of the Climate Collaborative and SME Climate hub, seeking to take political and financial climate responsibility as a business.
- Safety and sustainability are Green Toy’s top priority. While plastic is a common material for children's toys, it also can be extremely energy-consuming and polluting, ending up clogging landfills and taking years to degrade. By crafting unique children's toys out of recycled milk jugs and other 100% post-consumer recycled plastics, Green Toys diverts massive amounts of waste from landfills and repurposes it into beautiful toys perfect for your child's playroom. Catered towards children's development, Green Toys makes sure their products are timeless and durable, weighing both the financial and environmental costs of consumerism.
- Handmade in the USA, Green Toys minimize transportation emissions, stimulate job creation, and support the domestic economy. Their local manufacturing also allows them to make sure every step of their supply chain lives up to their stringent quality and ethical requirements.