Organic Clothing in Ohio

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Organic Clothing Standards, Retailers, Stores & More in OH

Unlike, food and personal care products, there are no 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 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 all over the world and in Ohio are now working to create global standards for what can be labeled organic clothing.

OTA Organic Clothing Standards in Ohio & 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 conform to 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 may or may not have some organic fiber content. May be manufactured using processes that don’t stick to 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 may be organically harvested to create organic clothing.

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

Where to Find Organic Clothing in Ohio

Luckily, organic clothing has become more popular in Ohio in recent years and the availability has improved greatly. Now, you'll find 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 numerous of websites that sell organic clothing and cover trends within the organic clothing industry.

Farmers markets in Ohio – 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.

Ohio retail stores – Organic clothing is now so popular in Ohio that even major chains like Wal-Mart are selling affordable options. Other 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 think about than the fabric.