I am by no means perfect, but ever since having my son, I have tried to be a little bit more intentional about the items I purchase, especially for him. I would never have imagined that ethical clothing for children would be an interest of mine, but here we are.
There are many things I would like for my children to understand as they grow up, but chief among them are an understanding and compassion for the world at large. My husband and I enjoy traveling because we love learning about new cultures, meeting new people, and seeing how things are done in other parts of the world. We hope to instill that same sense of curiosity in our children, and for that reason, I have become a huge fan of Tea Collection.
I couldn’t agree more with Tea Collection’s mission:
“Tea Collection inspires global connection and curiosity for little citizens of the world.
We want to give kids the world, to help them discover that no matter where we live or what language we speak, there is so much we all have in common.”
Twice each year, Tea Collection’s designers create a new collection encapsulating a new part of the world. All of the clothes are designed in San Francisco but they have Fair Trade Acts in place with their manufacturing partners around the globe. The Fair Trade Act guarantees that the manufacturers follow responsible labor laws, have good working conditions, and do not use child or slave labor.
Most recently, Tea Collection’s designers created an Australia-inspired collection. My husband and I visited Australia on our honeymoon, so everything in this collection spoke to me… and I may have gone a little overboard. I actually don’t do much shopping for my son, but when I do I buy ALL the things. But with clothes this cute, this comfortable, that are ethically made and that perfectly align with my values, how could I resist?!
If you’ve got your own little one (or two or three) at home, here are a few of my favorite pieces from the Australia Collection.
Koala Pocket Romper – originally $29.50, now $21.95 (available in sizes 0-3 months to 18-24 months)