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Organic Clothing Standards, Retailers, Stores & More in FL

Unlike, personal care and food products, there aren't any 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 in order to create textiles, or materials, that'll be used to make clothes.  

A number of harsh chemicals are used 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 around the world and in Florida are now attempting to create global standards for what may be labeled organic clothing.

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

Organic – No less than 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 could have some organic fiber content. May be manufactured using processes that don’t keep to the OTA standards.

Organic Clothing Materials

The fibers utilized 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. Below are examples of materials that may be organically harvested to create organic clothing.

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

Where to Find Organic Clothing in Florida

Luckily, organic clothing has become popular in Florida 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 a number of websites that sell organic clothing and cover trends within the organic clothing industry.

Farmers markets in Florida – 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.

Florida retail stores – Organic clothing has grown to be so popular in Florida 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 be sure 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.