7 Mins Read
One of the biggest eco awakening moments in a person’s life is when they are about to become a parent. Suddenly, what fabrics you wear and what products you use and what foods you eat matter so much more. Suddenly, your baby’s health and safety trumps everything else. For those wanting to raise their bubba with as little an environmental impact as possible, it can be a challenging journey: non-toxic products, organic clothes, reusable diapering…it’s a minefield of eco options to navigate. We put this guide together for expecting eco-warrior moms who are looking for the best plastic-free, low-waste, toxin-free, organic brands and products out there for their babies.
Editor’s Note: this guide is designed for for newborns and infants rather than toddlers/older children. We did our best to support Hong Kong homegrown businesses, and we are happy to report that most of the below companies are founded and run by Hong Kong moms!
Cigogne Bébé – Homegrown Organic Baby Clothes Specialist
Hong Kong’s very own trendy, eco-friendly organic baby wear brand, Cigogne BéBé (pronounced see-gone beh beh) offers premium baby clothing which they design and produce (overseeing production almost every step of the way to ensure quality control), baby gifts sets, and brands sourced from the US, Australia, Turkey and China. Using organic, naturally coloured, or pure cotton, the shop uses low-impact dyes that is gentle on skin and the environment, plant-based resin buttons, and a flat-stitched technique to prevent baby chafing. Visit their flagship store in Wan Chai, check out their new Sheung Wan location, or shop online for free local delivery for purchases above HKD300.
G/F, 69 Queen’s Road East, Wan Chai; Open Monday – Saturday from 10:30AM – 7:30PM, Sunday and Public Holidays from 11:00AM – 6:00PM
G/F, 323 Queen’s Road Central, Sheung Wan; Open Monday – Saturday from 10:30AM – 7:30PM, Sunday and Public Holidays from 11:00AM – 6:00PM
Malabar Baby – Organic Baby Bedding Expert
Inspired by the hillside parks and sea views of Malabar Hill in southern Mumbai, Malabar Baby is known by moms around town for its natural cotton and organic muslin baby bedding, quilts, blankets, crib sheets and play mats – most of which are certified GOTS organic. We especially love their traditional ethnic patterns block print, hand-screened and hand stitched designs by local artisans from India and China. They also have some seriously IG-friendly modern prints. A must order? Their avocado emoji swaddle!
Live Zero: Plastic-Free Mom Mecca
Hong Kong’s first zero waste store, Live Zero is a mecca for all your new baby needs. Stocking a wide range or sustainable, eco-friendly and plastic-free wares like Pura infant bottles and teats (one of the only 100% plastic-free bottle out on the market and only brand that carries certified non-toxic credentials!) and Ethique Baby Massage & Shampoo Bar. This is also the place to go for the full line of Portland-based Marly’s Monsters reusables: mesh laundry bags, cloth wipes, wet bags, and nursing pads- all 100% cotton in bold graphic and colors. Ready to decorate the nursery? Pick up the city’s safest paint: non-toxic and virtually odor-free Annie Sloan Wall & Chalk Paint to dress the walls. Live Zero is also the destination for bulk cleaning products and packaging-free organic foods so you can raise your bubba plastic-free! With three convenient locations across the city in Central, Sai Ying Pun, and Sai Kung, you can also shop online and pick up in-store or receive free shipping over HKD2000.
Sai Ying Pun: 24 High Street. Open Monday – Saturday from 11:00AM – 8:00PM, Sunday and Public Holidays from 11:00AM – 6:00PM
Sai Kung: 5 Tak Lung Back Street. Open Monday – Saturday from 9:30AM – 7:00PM except Wednesday, Sunday and Public Holidays from 9:30AM – 6:00PM
PMQ (lifestyle products only): S102, 1/F, Block A, 35 Aberdeen Street. Open Monday – Saturday from 11:00AM – 8:00PM, Sunday and Public Holidays from 11:00AM – 6:00PM
Retykle: Chic Mom’s Eco Fashion Heaven
An online boutique for preloved designer kids clothes, Retykle has a great selection of the best luxury baby and children’s clothes at great prices. Enjoy up to 90% off your favourite baby brands like Bonpoint, Petit Bateau, or Dior to name a few, all in ‘gently used,’ ‘good as new,’ or ‘new with tags,’ condition. Once your tykes have outgrown your purchases, send those preloved garments back to Retykle for resell and keep the circular economy going! To consign, clean out your child’s closet that meet the Retykle standards, schedule a free pick up or drop them off at their studio, and let the eco conscious startup handle the rest!
Petit Tippi – One Stop Shop For Cloth Diaper Moms
If you’re considering reusable cloth diapers (and swim shorts) for your newborn, Petit Tippi carries the largest selection of brands, sizes, and designs in Hong Kong including GroVia, AppleCheeks, Charlie Banana, Baby Beehinds and Imagine 2.0. They also have all the reusable diaper accessories you need including Planet Wise wet/dry bags and diaper pail liners. Petit Tippi also carries other eco mom must-haves including Japanese BPA-free and heat resistant ChuChu Baby Glass Bottles and oh-so-cute Canadian brand’s Glitter & Spice silicone teething rings, as well as Youha’s mega efficient breast pump and ergoPouch‘s organic cotton sleep bags. You can order online or they can arrange for local pickups if you email them in advance.
Kristin Green Handmade – Bespoke Baby Creations
Offering handmade creations in certified organic fabrics, Kristin Green Handmade makes beautiful bespoke baby bibs, blankets, crib bumpers, sleep sacks, swaddles and more. Pick your own prints from their fun collection of fabrics from Japan, Europe, and the states or gift a friend with a personalized embroidery service available for a nominal fee. As each item is made to order, you’ll receive a unique, handmade piece – made just for YOUR little one- ideal for gifting too!
June – Curated Non-Toxic Baby Products
A great e-shop that takes the guesswork out of shopping, June offers a curated selection of the best eco baby products like biodegradable and chemical-free disposable diapers Bambo Nature and award-winning French brand Tidoo. On a journey to make healthy living easier, the team meticulously combs through articles worldwide and finds the best toxin-free, organic bath and body care, laundry detergents, biodegradable wet wipes, baby vitamins, supplements, cough syrups, probiotics, organic baby food, snacks and formula to make things easier for you. Instead of stocking 10 brands, they focus on the one or two best ones making life THAT much easier for busy new moms. Another bonus? They offer free same or next-day delivery to most of Hong Kong.
Garden Organics – Eco Baby Care Products
Dedicated to stocking the best in baby personal care to Hong Kong, Garden Organics offers a wide variety of imported eco and organic baby and household products such as soaps, balms, laundry detergents, eczema creams, and sunscreen from distinguished brands like Badger Balm, GreenShield Organic and Baby Carrot.
Room 1609, 43 – 59 Queen’s Road East, Dominion Centre, Wan Chai, +852 2711 7838, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Suite Works – Custom Baby Accessories
Founded in 2011, Suite Works offers custom handmade baby bibs, onesies, blankets, bedding and more with a broad range of organic fabrics from the US, UK, and Korea. Using Egyptian Oeko-Tex certified (a chemical-free certification) Aurifil cotton thread for durability, their vibrant 100% cotton print fabrics are fun and bold with personalization offered as well. Free local delivery is available for orders over HKD 1,500.
G/F, 10 – 16 Cochrane Street, Winning House, Central, +852 2328 3935, email@example.com; Open Monday – Friday from 10:00AM – 6:00PM.
Images courtesy of Cigogne Bebe, Malabar Baby, Live Zero, Retykle, AppleCheeks, Charlie Banana, Kristin Green Handmade, Bambo Nature, Badger Balm, and Suite Works.