Organic Clothing in Lenexa

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Organic Clothing Standards, Retailers, Stores & More in Lenexa, KS



Unlike, personal care and food products, there are no U.S. or global standards for organic textiles. Although natural fibers that come from plants and animals can be certified ‘organic’ by the USDA, those fibers undergo numerous processes to create textiles, or materials, that will be used to make clothes.  

A number of harsh chemicals are utilized to weave, clean, dye and finish materials. This makes it difficult to deem clothing organic whether or not the original fibers were in fact from organic sources. However, many organizations all over the world and in Lenexa are now trying to create global standards for what may be labeled organic clothing.

OTA Organic Clothing Standards in Lenexa & the U.S.

The Organic Trade Association (OTA) in america has made great strides in establishing 4 levels for organic clothing labeling.

100% Organic – all materials used are grown organically, including the threads. All processes used conform to the OTA standards.

Organic – A minimum of 95% organically grown fibers used and all processes adhere to the OTA standards.

Made with Organic (specific fiber products) – At least 70% of the fibers used were organically grown.

Less 70% Organically Produced - The garment may or may not have some organic fiber content. May be manufactured using processes that don’t keep to the OTA standards.

Organic Clothing Materials

The fibers used in materials are basically the only thing that is currently certified organic in clothing. Organic clothing comes in a number of materials. Just how many materials may surprise people. Listed below are examples of materials which can be organically harvested to create organic clothing.

  • Cotton
  • Bamboo
  • Hemp
  • Silk
  • Wool
  • Cashmere
  • Linen

Where to Find Organic Clothing in Lenexa, KS

Luckily, organic clothing has become more common in Lenexa recently and the availability has improved greatly. Now, you can find organic clothing almost anywhere in the U.S.

Online – The internet is probably your best resource for finding organic clothing providers, both locally and anywhere in the world. There are numerous of websites that sell organic clothing and cover trends within the organic clothing industry.

Farmers markets in Lenexa – Farmers markets aren’t just for people looking for organic foods. You can also get eco-friendly products that support sustainability. Bonus: you’ll be supporting your local economy.

Lenexa retail stores – Organic clothing has grown to be so popular in Lenexa that even major chains like Wal-Mart are selling affordable options. Other retailers that typically sell organic clothes include Target, Urban Outfitters, American Apparel, Bloomingdales and many others.

 

Check the labels to make sure the garment really is organic and to what degree. It may also help to research manufacturers to learn about the processes they choose to make their organic clothing, because as you now know there's far more to consider than the fabric.