These extremely soft kids’ T-shirts are made with 100% organic cotton as well as being Fairwear accredited and Peta approved vegan. The T-shirt uses an organic midnight blue flecked dye finish resulting in a really rich hue. Each item of clothing is individually screen printed, one colour at a time, by skilled craftspeople in England. The inks used for each design are Soil Association certified organic water-based inks meaning they are incredibly soft to the touch. Due to the environmentally friendly nature of the ink there will be some fading after being washed but I have designed the screen prints with this in mind – think of your favourite well-loved T-shirt, comfortable and vintage in both look and feel. Free delivery within the UK.
Packaging & delivery
As well as having great fun designing this clothing range, I’ll also have the pleasure of packaging up your order and jumping on my cargo bike to deliver it to your house (if local) or post office. I only use recycled/reused and recyclable packaging with no plastic. I aim to get all orders delivered within a week but I cannot always guarantee this – if you’re in a rush, please send me an email to let me know and I’ll do my very best to get it to you in time. Similarly if your order is a present and you’d like it posted directly to that person’s address with a personalised message, just drop me an email straight after your order. If you’d like to place an order from outside the UK, please email me first and I’ll get back to you with the delivery charge for your country.
Screen printing using Soil Association approved organic inks
Screen printing is a manual process involving skilled craftspeople making up a screen for every colour and then applying one at a time to each individual item of clothing. This is a real art and labour of love, resulting in a unique garment, every time. It might mean slight colour variations, the odd small ink splatter or slightly off-centre positioning, but in my opinion this only contributes to making each item one of a kind and special. All decobike clothing is screen printed in England at a family-run business signed up to the Living Wage Foundation. The designs use water-based Soil Association approved organic ink, resulting in environmentally friendly soft prints that age with your garment, creating a timeless, worn look. Once you’ve worn a graphic T-shirt using water-based ink, my guess is that you’ll never want to buy a garment with oil-based plasticol inks again. Water-based ink is absorbed into the fabric, so the feel of the ink against your skin is practically undetectable, whereas oil-based inks are made of a PVC resin that sits on top of the fabric, creating a heavy plastic feel.
Limited run of 50
When you purchase any decobike clothing you’ll know it will be one of only 50 items in that design and colour-way ever made. You will be able to check your garment number on the label attached. I like the idea of extremely limited runs – it means these items will be truly valued by their owners and worn for years to come: the complete opposite of fast fashion. The truth is, despite all the confusing eco-language used by many companies, all clothing has an ecological footprint. It takes resources and energy to produce and transport clothing, so I think the best approach is to own a select few, good-quality items that age really well and that we love to wear.
All decobike clothing uses cotton that is 100% organic. Cotton that is grown to Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) is free from allergenic, carcinogenic and toxic chemicals – better for your skin, for the farmers and our planet. Growing organic cotton means farmers, their families and the local wildlife are not exposed to toxic chemicals in the field or through their local food and water supply. It also uses 70% less water and 60% less energy to produce compared to conventional cotton. The organic production of cotton is based on a system of farming that maintains and replenishes soil fertility without the use of toxic pesticides and fertilisers. By choosing organic cotton clothing products you are exercising your purchasing power to influence a much-needed shift in the apparel industry to more sustainable methods.
Fairwear and Peta vegan approved
All decobike clothing is Fairwear certified. Fairwear is an independent non-profit organisation set up specifically to improve working conditions in the garment industry, so when you purchase a Fairwear certified product, you know that the pay and conditions for workers in the local market are genuinely fair and just. By buying decobike clothing, you know you are supporting ethical working practices in Bangladesh where the garments are manufactured. I did a lot of research looking into where garments are manufactured, initially trying to find suitable products that were produced as close to home as possible (within the EU). What I discovered is that when clothing garments are manufactured in the same or similar location to the raw material (organic cotton crop), this can reduce the overall carbon footprint, and the local economy benefits from a greater share of profits. Using organic cotton to make clothing in a certified Fairwear setting in a country like Bangladesh is a sound ethical choice that benefits their local environment, population and economy.
No itchy labels!
That’s right, you heard me. Itchy labels drive me crazy because apart form being unnecessary they are… well, you know, itchy. So across the whole decobike clothing range the only label on the neck seam is a tiny size label deliberately designed to be torn out by hand (if so desired).
It was really important to me when choosing garments to use that they wash brilliantly, as this is the key to ensuring the longevity of the products I sell. The garment organic dye and screen printed organic inks do fade over time, but this slightly worn beach look is part of the design concept for the decobike clothing range. For best results, wash your garments inside out at 30 degrees or lower and do not iron over the print. I always recommend air drying clothes if you can as tumble drying clothes invariably prematurely ages them. All cotton shrinks a little after the first few washes.
Please take care to look at the sizing information below so you get the best possible fit. If would like an exchange or refund, please email me and once I receive the item (in an unworn and undamaged condition) I’ll send out the new item or refund you. As a very small business I’m afraid I can’t offer free postage for packages being sent back to me.
My best advice for choosing the correct size is to check the measurements of your child’s favourite T-shirt and then compare those measurements with the size information below. Please note that the measurements given are a guide only – the reality is that there will always be some variation within size categories. All you need to do is get a chest measurement (armpit to armpit) and length measurement (from top to bottom) by laying the garment flat without stretching the material whilst measuring. All cotton shrinks a little after the first few washes so if you are between sizes always go up a size.
Kids’ T-shirts guide measurements
5-6 years old: Chest 35cm, Height 45cm
7-8 years old: Chest 37cm, Height 52cm
9-11 years old: Chest 39cm, Height 57cm