Upcycling ideas for kids wear

With just a touch of the hand (and some creativity), a lot of great ideas come to life

Creative reuse, or ‘upcycling’ as the young, hippie folks would call it, is a craze that has turned millenials into environmentalists (which is definitely a good thing). Just imagine transforming your trash into a treasure trove of possibilities! The said movement started in the 90s, where the culture of regenerative design emerged in order to reduce the consumption of raw materials in the process of creating new ones. In the end, we get to experience a cleaner, healthier world where there’s less damage to our natural reserves and a much-needed reduction of our carbon footprint.

Social media and the Internet in general are gold mines when it comes to upcycling ideas, and with the advent of technology and social responsibility, it has taken the local and international commercial scenes by storm.

When it comes to fashion and design, we’re all able to enjoy the perks of upcycling without sacrificing comfort and quality. In fact, it’s a big thing in kids fashion since kids do outgrow their clothes faster than you think. Here, we’ve got several brands that are making waves in kidswear, while doing Mother Nature a favor with some major upcycling ideas. They just might have your kids’ next double tap-worthy outfit!

JIMMI WOW  

JIMMI WOW is out to make statement kids pieces from your preloved clothes, ultimately combining both design and sustainability. Since the items have been previously washed, the company claims that the pieces are less polluting than newly produced ones…talk about a win-win!

Also, Jimmi Wow donates one Euro for every piece sold, which is used to provide better working conditions and fair wages in textile manufacturing companies. The company has so much heart for both kids and causes, which makes us love ‘em even more. If you’re looking for adorable weather-friendly pieces which border on the preppy side, then this is the one to watch!

Jimmi Wow Upcycling ideas PepeandNika

© JIMMI WOW

Jimmi Wow Upcycling ideas PepeandNika

© JIMMI WOW

Jimmi Wow Upcycling ideas PepeandNika

© JIMMI WOW

 

little minis

This downtown L.A.-based brand is both eco-friendly and fashionable – with pieces that are sourced from a responsible factory that uses environment-friendly methods (and takes good care of their workers), it wouldn’t be a surprise seeing clothes that are made with a heart. They even use cotton vintage dead-stock fabric that will surely be a treat to wear. Expect your little one to enjoy being in a Little Minis outfit (especially if you dig urban-casual pieces)…they will love you for it!

Little Minis Upcycling ideas PepeandNika

© little minis

Little Minis Upcycling ideas PepeandNika

© little minis

 

Reet Aus

Reet Aus is serious when it comes to treating the environment with utmost care. As we speak, they create garments that “saves, on average, 75% water, 88% energy and creates 80% less CO2”. It’s out to do more good than harm, sustainability-wise and fashion-wise, as their creations are definitely one to watch! They focus heavily on mass-producing pieces from factory leftovers, a process that is good for humanity.

Basic pieces are their specialty, so if you’re into no-nonsense neutrals for your kids, then Reet Aus it is!

Reet Aus Upcycling PepeandNika

© Reet Aus

Reet Aus Upcycling PepeandNika

© Reet Aus

 

There you have it, ladies! With all these labels providing some upcycling ideas for your kids to wear, you’ll surely have a blast picking out their next #OOTDs. Happy shopping!

Title image © Jimmi Wow

 

Nadja Fleischer

About Nadja Fleischer

Nadja (35) is a real Berliner, but absolutely no local patriot. She is the second half of Pepe & Nika and lives together with her son Pepe (4) in a 2-room apartment in children-friendly Prenzlauer Berg.

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