Organic Clothing in Massachusetts

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Organic Clothing Standards, Retailers, Stores & More in MA

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 number of processes to create textiles, or materials, that'll be used to make clothes.  

A variety of harsh chemicals are used 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 worldwide and in Massachusetts are now trying to create global standards for what can be labeled organic clothing.

OTA Organic Clothing Standards in Massachusetts & 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 – A minimum of 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 could have some organic fiber content. May be manufactured using processes that don’t follow 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 a variety of 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 Massachusetts

Luckily, organic clothing has become popular in Massachusetts recently and the availability has improved greatly. Now, you'll 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 all over the world. There are a variety of websites that sell organic clothing and cover trends within the organic clothing industry.

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

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

 

Check the labels to ensure the garment really is organic and to what degree. It also helps 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.