Green School Style


Keep your kids on the best-dressed list with eco-friendly clothing and accessories!

By Nancy Won

Bottled up
You may not be able to keep your six-year-old from trading his lunch for a bag of chips but you can help reduce lunch-box waste by skipping the juice box (which may not always end up in the recycling bin) and packing his OJ in a reusable, non-toxic and recyclable SIGG kids' bottle. $21.99

Old school
Local Celebrity, purveyors of cheeky, vintage-inspired organic Ts popular with celebs, has recently launched its Little Celebrity label, which includes miniature takes on its most popular grown-up picks. $32. TNT Kids. Call 416-544-0002 to order or shop in person.

The colour purple
Known for her clean take on kids' fashion, Kate Quinn brings a much-needed touch of sophistication to the otherwise uninspiring world of kiddy prints (think planes, trains and fire engines). Add a pop of colour with this chic pocket jacket, $70.95, and wide-leg rollover pant, $55.95, both made from 100 percent certified organic cotton.

Lucky charm
Let your young environmental advocate keep her philosophy close to her heart with this necklace by Visionary, which features faux-leather cording and lead-free charms, including a heart-shaped locket containing a recycled paper scroll where she can pen her wish for the world. From $39. TNT Kids.

A to Z(ili)

Having earned her chops working at Chanel in Paris, designer, illustrator and Toronto native Jennifer Durand brings her European sense of style to Zili Otto, her new line of incredibly soft soy/organic cotton-blend Ts with six percent spandex featuring her own whimsical illustrations. $28.

In the hood
Not your average bulky hoodie, Fig's organic-cotton version is not only Earth friendly, it's also ultra-soft and ultra-chic, thanks to details such as ruched pockets and pretty prints. From $49.

Heads up
Up the style factor in your little one's fall wardrobe while keeping out the chill with organic-cotton accessories for kids including this lightweight sweater beanie cap by Kate Quinn. $29.95.

What a hoot
Handknit by a women's collective in rural Kenya, this darling owl backpack, made from natural wool and treated with vegetable-based dyes, is the perfect school tote for the young animal lover in your family. US$64.

Dressed to impress
There's no denying girls love their dresses, and now your little princess can twirl her skirts year round thanks to Garden Kids' 100 percent organic-cotton dress designed for cooler temperatures. Pair it with organic-cotton leggings (with six percent lycra/spandex for stretch) for extra warmth. Dress and leggings set, $57.