WHAT GOES INTO
Fit for a mission to Mars
Your LittleHuman needs clothing that they can push to the limit, and then at the end of the day is easy to clean. Which is why we devised the Mars Test. If you’re planning on a trip to the red planet you have to get your packing right: your clothing needs to be versatile, comfortable, essential details only, and extremely tough (you’ll be waiting about seven months on Mars for a replacement from Earth). All our garments have to pass this criteria, and added to that they have to adhere to our strict environmental policies.
Some of the features:
- Tested by hundreds of LittleHumans around the world
- Adjustable sizing to protect against growth spurts and reduce carbon and water footprints
- Lightweight and durable
- Soft against the skin
- Washable and easy to care for
- Free from harmful chemicals and Oeko -Tex 100 approved
- Produced with recycled materials and a zero waste approach
Unpacking all the details
We use a Ripstop fabric so that tumbling, scraping and sliding doesn’t easily damage it. Ripstop is a special reinforcing technique that makes material resistant to tearing and ripping. We’ve also put hidden reinforced knee patches on our trousers.
Don’t take our word for it. The material was put to the test using a universally recognised system called the Martindale Test, which simulates natural wear and tear, and the overall result is 40,000 Revs under a load of 9kPa. Translated that means that it’s tough enough for heavy duty use in a commercial environment, or scrambling up a rock face.
Soft on the skin
With all this talk about tough and durable you might think this means rough and scratchy. We wouldn’t be doing our jobs well if no LittleHumans wanted to wear our clothing, so we can guarantee that, unless stated otherwise, our clothing can be worn directly against the skin, is soft to the touch and won't irritate, even on a newborn.
Windproof and breathable
Windproofing keeps you warmer, and breathability allows moisture from your body to escape so that it doesn’t sit against your skin and cool you down. Our LittleHuman clothing performs both functions at once, and uses the same material as our MSK (mask) which has been designed to reduce fogging on your glasses whilst performing to a medical grade PPE standard (it lets breath out and stops germs getting in).
Water and dirt resistant
Our rainproof garments have a biodegradable DWR (durable water repellent) treatment applied to them which means that water rolls off the fabric instead of penetrating it, as does oil, grease and dirt. These garments aren’t waterproof, but will protect against showers and splashes.
No harmful substances
To make sure it’s not just kind to the environment but also to skin, we got our material tested and it was awarded an Oeko-Tex 100 rating. This internationally recognised certification means our clothing has undergone testing for a wide range of harmful substances and has passed with flying colours.
All garments are lightweight, pack down to almost nothing, and only have essential detailing (eg ankle cuffs, reflective strips).
Keep track of your LittleHuman as the sun goes down with reflective detailing. The Lunar Ice range takes this even further and both the top and bottoms are made from a fabric which mimics ice dispersion on the moon, with millions of tiny dots reflecting the light - the ultimate day to night outfit.
How do LittleHuman garments grow?
The inspiration comes from satellites which are huge structures that have to be made as small as possible for getting them into space. Material is stowed away and then deployed using origami techniques once they’re orbiting the earth. Our garments use a patent pending structure to achieve a similar effect - as a child grows the structure expands, and adjuster tabs keep the garment in place. This also works in reverse, so for a smaller LittleHuman the structure contracts back down to fit tiny legs and arms.
Easy to Care For
Our garments have been designed to be extremely easy to care for. Find all our recommendations here.
Staying out of landfill
One LittleHuman garment = seven traditional ones. Clothing that grows benefits us all. It’s not just a way of saving money, but by extending clothing life by nine months alone, carbon and water footprints can be reduced by 20–30% each.
Each garment is made using at least six recycled plastic bottles. The plastic is turned into a yarn and woven into a ripstop fabric. The recycled fabrics have a mono-fibre construction, which means they’re made from just one fibre rather than a blend, allowing them to be easily recycled at the end of their use.
An Ethical and Sustainable Approach
What kind of world will our LittleHumans grow up in? The negative impact of fashion has been far-reaching, impacting every single human, and now is the time for change. We are committed to using materials sustainably and have worked on every part of the design and production process to eliminate harmful waste that threatens planetary health. This approach is called Circular Design and it goes hand in hand with our Zero Waste approach. Read more about it here.