Pros: Company makes eco-clothing and has tons of eco-policies in place
Cons: Hard to find their items - an online store would be useful.
I have the Octi tee in size 2 which, like all Barley & Birch pieces is made with 100% certified organic cotton and printed with water-based, non-toxic ink. This is also a sweatshop-free tee.The tee is a pretty natural oatmeal shade (unbleached organic cotton) and the other colors (blues and greens) in the design really pop.
Green-perks of Barley & Birch:
- Clothing is U.S. made with 100% certified organic cotton.
- Water based inks are used in all clothing.
- The company offsets manufacturing and shipping emissions.
- They’re almost an entirely paper-free company and when they do use paper it's 100% post-consumer recycled and then they recycle it after use.
- 10% of company profits are donated to a variety of organizations working all over the world to improve the lives of others.
PRODUCT PROS:The tee I have is ultra soft and tagless so less risk of a cranky baby or tot and arrived in minimal packaging (all recyclable). Many organic clothing items for kids seem to run small, but I thought this tee was average (i.e. will fit an average 2 year old). It didn't shrink, fade, or come unstiched in the wash - although I always wash on cold and hang dry.
The only problem I have with this company is that while, you can buy Barley & Birch clothing at some stores and online shops it's a tough search. An actual dedicated store would be highly useful. Oh, one other company perk - I spoke with the company owner and new designs and sizes for older kids are in the works which is cool because many organic clothing companies only make clothes for babies and young children. I have an eight year old so it's harder to shop ethically when companies don't make eco-clothes in his size.
I'd check Barley & Birch out if you're looking for awesome unique designs and cool colored organic clothing for your kids.