Designing Fairtrade and Organic Cotton Childrenswear That Lasts

Designing Fairtrade and Organic Cotton Childrenswear That Lasts

Josie Bragg Wednesday, 3 June 2020

Long-lasting childrenswear was swiftly becoming something of an oxymoron, but thanks to brands like Little Green Radicals, it's now possible to find quality, practical and fun clothing for kids and babies. In this video, with Little Green Radicals' designer of ten years, Josie Bragg, we find out how exactly they create 'forever' clothes for fast-growing and active kids.

In this video you'll learn:

  • The background to sustainable childrenswear pioneer brand, Little Green Radicals
  • The two main approaches Little Green Radicals take to combat clothing waste 
  • About Fairtrade and GOTS certifications for cotton
  • Why working with sustainable and ethical fabrics is so important
  • How to design childrenswear with longevity in mind 
  • How Little Green Radicals have built such an impressive community and how they empower their community with skills and knowledge

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