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Keeping Your Purchases Ethical In A Big Box World

Keeping Your Purchases Ethical In A Big Box World

One of the hardest things to accomplish, as an ethically-minded, socially conscious parent, is keeping purchases…well, ethical. We live in a society that currently worships fast fashion and disposable, dollar store toys. Big box chains sell adorable kids’ clothing that falls apart before your children have grown out of it–and considering how fast kids grow, that’s significant. Sure, those leggings were only $5, so replacing the ones that developed a hole along the seam in just a few wears doesn’t seem like a huge deal. But when you consider how little the people who made those leggings are getting paid? It’s a huge deal.

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The Fabric of Humanity

The Fabric of Humanity

A clothing shop that’s really a front for shared philanthropy, with a perk: New threads.

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A Parents’ Guide to Gender-Neutral Kids' Fashion

 

It’s hard to believe that only 1 or 2 generations ago, it was considered kind of radical to teach your daughters that we could “be anything we want when we grow up.” Free To Be You and Me was considered revolutionary and Sesame Street seemed like leftist propaganda to some. In my parents’ skinny row house in downtown Toronto, this meant that my sister and I could wear striped OshKosh B’Gosh overalls, just like our friend Gerry next door. It meant we could ride Big Wheels or roller skates down our little dead end street. And it meant that when we saw a doctor, it might be a woman, and she might be wearing pants.

 

Flash forward to 2017. Now I’m raising three kids in Toronto. I’m proud of the fact that we’re way past having to tell our kids they can do what they want with their careers. Tell my son to take the garbage out and you get “Well, that was sexist!” from his sister. “Fair enough! You can take the recycling.” Recently, though, I got zinged with one I hadn’t heard before:  “Mom, are you assuming my gender?!”

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COLOUR ME ETHICAL | Modern Rascals

COLOUR ME ETHICAL | Modern Rascals

Kidswear that will brighten up your February (and make the world a better place.)

If you know me even just a little bit, you know that I love dressing up my little doll. It’s a strictly one-sided affair—he doesn’t care what he’s in as long as he can move in it (and I mean move), whereas I have a lot of other objectives in mind while I shop. 

I want to know that the materials next to his skin aren’t synthetic or laden with chemicals. I care about how they look and feel on him. I care about where the clothes came from and who made them. And I care about how much use they’re going to get before they’re essentially un-wearable.

The good news is if you keep your eyes open, there are definitely kidswear shops out there that meet these criteria. Even better, some of them deliver. So, I was over the moon to have the opportunity to check out Modern Rascals, a new boutique that offers clothing that’s both kid and grown-up approved. While I shopped online, I talked with Jana Reid—the owner, creative director, and mom to some adorable little models.

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I Spy A Place Where Kids' Style Is About More Than Looks

I Spy A Place Where Kids' Style Is About More Than Looks

Everyone asks me where I buy my son’s clothes. I take it as a compliment and, to be honest, I sort of feel like it’s earned. I agonize over what he wears…sometimes even just to come down into the kitchen. It’s not that I’m so superficial or that I attach his (my) self-esteem to his appearance—I just feel like he’s such a sweet and lovely little creature, he deserves to look his best.

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