Children grow so fast that you can find yourself spending money on kids clothes almost every month. Plus active children are tough on clothes. A few days running around the playground can leave shirts shredded. But two mothers in Singapore want to make it much easier – and more affordable – to get sustainable children’s clothing in Singapore. The reason? It’s better for the environment, and better for your kids in the long run.
Sarah Garner is the founder of Retykle, an online resale store for second-hand designer children’s clothes. Her company started out in Hong Kong and she’s now set up in Singapore. She offers pre-loved designer fashion for children at 50 to 90 percent off retail prices.
Rachel Teo is the Singaporean founder of Harper and Wolfie, a local children’s clothing brand supported by Starhub’s Small Business Day initiative. All her designs are made from 100% linen, 100% cotton or a cotton and linen blend; with no man-made fibres like polyester.
She believes in paying attention to details that only mothers notice – for example clothing labels are sewn onto the hems of clothes rather than inside the necks, to prevent itchy, scratchy necks. As well as looking at how to replace all buttons and zippers with eco-friendly versions, she’s working towards eco-friendly packaging. One day she hopes to have no plastic wrapping, all the way from production to customer.
Here, the two mumpreneurs share how they make their businesses more sustainable – and why it’s worth investing in sustainable children’s clothing for your kids.