Organic Clothing in Russell

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



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

A variety of harsh chemicals are employed to weave, clean, dye and finish materials. This will make it difficult to deem clothing organic even if the original fibers were in fact from organic sources. However, many organizations all over the world and in Russell are now attempting to create global standards for what may be labeled organic clothing.

OTA Organic Clothing Standards in Russell & 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, even the threads. All processes used conform to the OTA standards.

Organic – No less than 95% organically grown fibers used and all processes follow 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 here 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 Russell, KS

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

Online – The web is probably your best resource for finding organic clothing providers, both locally and around the globe. There are a number of websites that sell organic clothing and cover trends within the organic clothing industry.

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

Russell retail stores – Organic clothing has become so popular in Russell that even major chains like Wal-Mart are selling affordable options. Other stores that typically sell organic clothes include Target, Urban Outfitters, American Apparel, Bloomingdales and 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 think about than the fabric.