I recently watched a discovery show on how clothes are made, conditions, pay, not to mention the cost to the environment at well. I am interested in to slowly start buying things from better companies, but I can't really seem to find any online (maybe I used the wrong search words?). I would like to find stuff that is ethically made, workers treated fair etc. Also organic is a plus!
If you are set on buying new clothes Google terms like "sweat shop free" and "fair trade" and you will find a bunch. I generally but used clothing but I have a few things from www.americanapparel.net
(the site is a bit risque but the kids tee shirts are nice!) www.globalgirlfriend.com
(pretty affordable for what it is) and an Etsy seller Conscious Clothing (very nice but more expensive). I haven't used it recently since the advent of Google but way back when I found www.ecomall.com
a good resource for finding stuff.
I mostly shop at thrift stores aside from things you'd want to be new, like underwear, etc which we've gotten Fair Trade online. I like American Apparel, especially the extensive online reviews for each item.
I also quite a bit myself, often from re-purposed fabrics - like sheets, adult sweats and felted wool sweaters all make great kids clothes.
Thrift stores are great because the price is usually low, discarded clothes are not going into a landfill and even ethically-made clothing uses a lot of resources, but thrifting doesn't. I also stick with only natural fibers and hate logos and most graphics on clothing, so that makes finding things a bit harder.
Can't say it enough...thrift stores!! Being more conscientious does not mean spendin more money. Buy less, buy used, and then shell out the extra for things like underwear.
Hanna used to have some organic cotton outfits and fleece from recycled plastic bottles - maybe worth a visit. They can be quite expensive but they're durable. We've had some children's tees and pj's around for years.
if you want new, Patagonia makes nice recycled cotton an fleece stuff
I suggest buying used. That's def the most "eco-friendly". And affordable!
the issue that i've always had with used/thrift is fit. the fits are often odd.
so, i buy large. i buy clothes that are a bit too long, a bit too wide, a bit too whatever. and then the money that i have saved by buying used can be spent on--tailoring.
otherwise, i buy fair trade as much as possible. you can buy expensive or inexpensive fair trade, but that is the buzz word you want to look for. also, i like to look for local designers as they typically turn to cottage industry seamstresses to make their designs. so if you find someone local, you can probably find someone who knows where their stuff comes from (organics or not, etc) and how it is made (fair trade or what).