Organic Clothing in North Carolina

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Organic Clothing Standards, Retailers, Stores & More in NC

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 in order to create textiles, or materials, that'll be used to make clothes.  

A number of harsh chemicals are employed 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 all over the world and in North Carolina are now trying to create global standards for what may be labeled organic clothing.

OTA Organic Clothing Standards in North Carolina & 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 – 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 might 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. 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 North Carolina

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

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

Farmers markets in North Carolina – 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.

North Carolina retail stores – Organic clothing has become so popular in North Carolina 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 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 consider than the fabric.