Organic Clothing in Pennsylvania

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Organic Clothing Standards, Retailers, Stores & More in PA

Unlike, food and personal care products, there aren't any 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 wide variety of harsh chemicals are utilized 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 Pennsylvania are now trying to create global standards for what may be labeled organic clothing.

OTA Organic Clothing Standards in Pennsylvania & 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 – A minimum of 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 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 can be organically harvested to create organic clothing.

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

Where to Find Organic Clothing in Pennsylvania

Luckily, organic clothing has become more popular in Pennsylvania lately and the availability has improved greatly. Now, you can 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 around the globe. There are a number of websites that sell organic clothing and cover trends within the organic clothing industry.

Farmers markets in Pennsylvania – 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.

Pennsylvania retail stores – Organic clothing has grown to be so popular in Pennsylvania 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 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 much more to take into account than the fabric.