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Organic Clothing Standards, Retailers, Stores & More in AR

Unlike, personal care and food 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'll be used to make clothes.  

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

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

The Organic Trade Association (OTA) in the United States 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 comply with the OTA standards.

Organic – At least 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 might have some organic fiber content. May be manufactured using processes that don’t follow the OTA standards.

Organic Clothing Materials

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

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

Where to Find Organic Clothing in Arkansas

Luckily, organic clothing has become popular in Arkansas in recent years and the availability has improved greatly. Now, you can get organic clothing almost anywhere in the U.S.

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

Farmers markets in Arkansas – 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.

Arkansas retail stores – Organic clothing has become so popular in Arkansas 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 more.

 

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