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Eco-Friendly Fashion for Everyone in the Family

12 Earth-friendly fashion brands for you, dad & baby.

Eco-Friendly Fashion for Everyone in the Family

Earth Day is a great annual reminder of all the ways you could (and should!) be living a little more eco-consciously. And there's no place more important to clean up your act than in what you wear. The fashion industry wreaks havoc on our ecosystem with its production methods, and labor practices.

It’s easy to turn a blind eye to cheap fast fashion, but it's important to keep in mind that the clothes we wear, and the textiles they are made from, can not only damage the environment, but also make us sick! So take this moment to inform yourself, reprogram your buying habits and choose not to be a fashion victim. Here's 12 fashion brands for your family that are as easy on the eyes as they are on the environment.

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FOR BABY & KIDS

1. Granelito. (pictured above) Scandinavian designed in that simple and tasteful way and made in Peru. These threads are GOTS Certified, short for Global Organic Textile Standard which is often called the golden standard for organically grown fibers including strict social criteria. Cute and Conscious.

2. Pure Colour Baby. The hand drawn prints feel straight out of your coziest story book, not to mention sustainability is a key component in all designs. Pieces have adjustable “grow with me” features to last longer than usual. And even though they're based in Canada, they do ship to the US.

3. Under the Nile. Under the Nile was the first baby clothing company in the USA to be certified by The Global Organic Textile Standard. They are the only baby clothing company in the world to carry the official Gold Seal of Authentic Egyptian Cotton and their training pants, are some of cutest in the eco category.

4. Lark Adventurewear. The first activewear brand for baby made of Cotton & Bamboo for natural, breathable wicking fabric that keeps little ones cool. Oeko-Tex 100 Certified which is a worldwide independent testing and certification system for raw and finished textile products at all processing levels,

FOR MOM

5. Reformation. (pictured above) This brand is so chic it almost hurts with fabrics that are SUPER sustainable. Build you eco fabric vocabulary with textiles like: Tencel, Modal®,Recover® and Deadstock all part of the Reformation push to create more sustainable fabric options.

6. Boob Design. Since 97% of Boob Design's clothes are made from sustainable materials, you don’t have to miss out on fashion (or the jumper trend!) while you are breastfeeding. It's also nice to know that the fabric sitting on your baby's food source is Standard 100 by Oeko Tex.

7. Eileen Fisher. Eileen Fisher envisions an industry where human rights and sustainability are not the effect of a particular initiative, but the cause of a business well run. And we're all for a lofty vision when it's paired with endless styles for the confident woman.

FOR DAD

8. Armedangles. (pictured above) This European brand is not shy about their belief that beautiful products can be organic. Dad could totally geek out learning about their technological (and totally sustainable) fabrics, like Lenzing Modal® with Edelweiss.

9. Tasc Performance. Ninety percent of the energy used in making tasc Performance garments is renewable energy, much of it provided by solar panels installed at their factory. BamCo®, patented by Tasc, is a fabric that feels better than cotton and performs without chemical enhancements.

ACCESSORIES

10. Parkland Mfg: The fabric on these cool bags is made from 100% recycled water bottles, and since it can take up to 1,000 years for a water bottle to break down in a landfill this seems like a much better home for them. We love that Parkland is turning this eyesore into fun, everyday products we can use for a life time.

11. Native Polish. Native nail polish is vegan, cruelty free and 7-free, which means polishes do not contain 7 harmful chemicals: formaldehyde, formaldehyde resin, toluene, camphor, dibutyl phthalate (DBP), xylenes and parabens.

12. LXMI. This skincare line unites undiscovered, effective natural ingredients with transparent, responsible production and sourcing practices. Above all, they engage women to take part in the world in a way that creates lasting beauty.

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    These challenges from Nike PLAYlist are exactly what my child needs to stay active

    Plus a fall family bucket list to keep everyone moving all season long.

    While it's hard to name anything that the pandemic hasn't affected, one thing that is constantly on my mind is how to keep my family active despite spending more time indoors. Normally, this time of year would be spent at dance and gymnastics lessons, meeting up with friends for games and field trips, and long afternoon playdates where we can all let off a little steam. Instead, we find ourselves inside more often than ever before—and facing down a long winter of a lot more of the same.

    I started to search for an outlet that would get my girls moving safely while we social distance, but at first I didn't find a lot of solutions. Online videos either weren't terribly engaging for my active kids, or the messaging wasn't as positive around the power of movement as I would like. Then I found the Nike PLAYlist.

    I always knew that Nike could get me moving, but I was so impressed to discover this simple resource for parents. PLAYlist is an episodic sports show on YouTube that's made for kids and designed to teach them the power of expressing themselves through movement. The enthusiastic kid hosts immediately captured my daughter's attention, and I love how the physical activity is organically incorporated in fun activities without ever being specifically called out as anything other than play. For example, this segment where the kids turn yoga into a game of Paper Scissors Rock? Totally genius. The challenges from #TheReplays even get my husband and me moving more when our daughter turns it into a friendly family competition. (Plus, I love the play-inspired sportswear made just for kids!)

    My daughter loves the simple Shake Ups at the beginning of the episode and is usually hopping off the couch to jump, dance and play within seconds. One of her favorites is this Sock Flinger Shake Up activity from the Nike PLAYlist that's easy for me to get in on too. Even after we've put away the tablet, the show inspires her to create her own challenges throughout the day.

    The best part? The episodes are all under 5 minutes, so they're easy to sprinkle throughout the day whenever we need to work out some wiggles (without adding a lot of screen time to our schedule).

    Whether you're looking for simple alternatives to P.E. and sports or simply need fun ways to help your child burn off energy after a day of socially distanced school, Nike's PLAYlist is a fun, kid-friendly way to get everyone moving.

    Need more movement inspiration for fall? Here are 5 ways my family is getting up and getting active this season:

    1. Go apple picking.

    Truly, it doesn't really feel like fall until we've picked our first apple. (Or had our first bite of apple cider donut!) Need to burn off that extra cinnamon-sugar energy? Declare a quick relay race up the orchard aisle—winner gets first to pick of apples at home.

    To wear: These Printed Training Tights are perfect for when even a casual walk turns into a race (and they help my daughter scurry up a branch for the big apples).

    2. Visit a pumpkin patch.

    We love to pick up a few locally grown pumpkins to decorate or cook with each year. Challenge your child to a "strongman" contest and see who can lift the heaviest pumpkin while you're there.

    To wear: Suit up your little one in comfort with this Baby Full Zip Coverall so you're ready for whatever adventures the day brings.

    3. Have a nature scavenger hunt.

    Scavenger hunts are one of my favorite ways to keep my daughter preoccupied all year long. We love to get outside and search for acorns, leaves and pinecones as part of our homeschool, but it's also just a great way to get her exercising those gross motor skills whenever the wiggles start to build up.

    To wear: It's not truly fall until you break out a hoodie. This cozy Therma Elite Kids Hoodie features a mesh overlay to release heat while your child plays.

    4. Have a touch-football game.

    Tip for parents with very little kids: It doesn't have to last as long as a real football game. 😂 In fact, staging our own mini-games is one of our favorite ways to get everyone up and moving in between quarters during Sunday football, and I promise we all sleep better that night.

    To wear: From impromptu games of tag to running through our favorite trails, these kids' Nike Air Zoom Speed running shoes are made to cover ground all season long.

    5. Create an indoor obstacle course.

    Pretending the floor is lava was just the beginning. See how elaborate your personal course can get, from jumping on the couch to rolling under the coffee table to hopping down the hallway on one foot.

    To wear: These ready-for-any-activity Dri-FIT Tempo Shorts are perfect for crawling, hopping and racing—and cuddling up when it's time to rest.

    This article was sponsored by Nike. Thank you for supporting the brands that supporting Motherly and mamas.

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