Organic Clothing in Rhode Island

Organic Clothing Standards, Retailers, Stores & More in RI

Unlike, personal care and food 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 to create textiles, or materials, that will be used to make clothes.  

A variety of harsh chemicals are employed to weave, clean, dye and finish materials. This makes it difficult to deem clothing organic even if the original fibers were in fact from organic sources. However, many organizations around the world and in Rhode Island are now working to create global standards for what may be labeled organic clothing.

OTA Organic Clothing Standards in Rhode Island & 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, including 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 might have some organic fiber content. May be manufactured using processes that don’t keep 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 can be organically harvested to create organic clothing.

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

Where to Find Organic Clothing in Rhode Island

Luckily, organic clothing has become more popular in Rhode Island 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 all over the world. There are numerous of websites that sell organic clothing and cover trends within the organic clothing industry.

Farmers markets in Rhode Island – 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.

Rhode Island retail stores – Organic clothing is now so popular in Rhode Island that even major chains like Wal-Mart are selling affordable options. Other retailers that typically sell organic clothes include Target, Urban Outfitters, American Apparel, Bloomingdales and many more.

 

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