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Organic Clothing Standards, Retailers, Stores & More in NJ

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 a number of processes in order to create 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 makes it difficult to deem clothing organic whether or not the original fibers were in fact from organic sources. However, many organizations worldwide and in New Jersey are now working to create global standards for what can be labeled organic clothing.

OTA Organic Clothing Standards in New Jersey & 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 comply with the OTA standards.

Organic – At least 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 follow 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 many different materials. Just how many materials may surprise people. 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 New Jersey

Luckily, organic clothing has become more common in New Jersey recently 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 around the globe. There are a number of websites that sell organic clothing and cover trends within the organic clothing industry.

Farmers markets in New Jersey – 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.

New Jersey retail stores – Organic clothing has grown to be so popular in New Jersey 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 many others.

 

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