Buying school uniform every August is something I dread. Signifying the passing of time, that my boys are growing, moving up in school years, getting older, trousers becoming longer and feet growing bigger.
School uniform can bought everywhere now, from big high street shops to supermarkets. But something about those cheap £3 trousers from a well known supermarket doesn’t sit well with me. The nylon fabric, coated in something horrific so that stains won’t stick to (what’s with that?, can’t we just wash them?) and don’t get me started on how these items are made. Possibly made by children in cramped awful conditions for more privileged children across the globe to go and learn at school. It doesn’t make sense does it?
In my search for a new way to dress my kids for school, I discovered Eco Outfitters. A brilliant new company set up by two mums after their children started primary school. They realised, that, alarmingly, most of the school clothes contained dangerous chemicals treated with stain resistant, crease resistant, Teflon coatings, which can be very harmful for their health, and the environment.
Children wear school uniform for at least 35 hours a week, so, naturally, these are the most important items of clothing in their wardrobe. Unfortunately, most of school clothes are made from either a polycotton mix or plain polyester, which is essentially plastic – a substance derived directly from crude oil. These fabrics aren’t sweat absorbent, don’t allow the skin to breathe, trapping heat, which can trigger rashes and aggravate skin conditions such as eczema.
EcoOutfitters has now developed a range of school uniforms, which are ethically made, healthy, durable, sustainable, and practical too – all made from 100% pure organic cotton, certified, which guarantees that the whole supply chain from field to final product meets rigorous environmental and social standards.
This September my two started school in organic cotton trousers, polo shirts and sweatshirts. They look so smart and I am happy that they think they look cool too! (a big thing for a nearly 10 year old I can tell you!).
Lou Archell, a writer, photographer, stylist and founder of Littlegreenshed. A UK lifestyle & travel blog
Lou is also a busy mum of two amazing boys and the founder of Sisterhood Camp – an annual creative retreat for recharging and empowering brilliant ladies, Lou is passionate about supporting and inspiring others whether through her workshops, writing, photography or lifestyle hacks.