Organic Clothing in Tennessee

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Organic Clothing Standards, Retailers, Stores & More in TN

Unlike, personal care and food 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 numerous processes in order to make textiles, or materials, that will be used to make clothes.  

A variety of harsh chemicals are used 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 Tennessee are now working to create global standards for what can be labeled organic clothing.

OTA Organic Clothing Standards in Tennessee & 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 comply with 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 could 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 a variety of 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 Tennessee

Luckily, organic clothing has become more popular in Tennessee lately and the availability has improved greatly. Now, you can find organic clothing almost anywhere in the U.S.

Online – The internet is probably your best resource for finding organic clothing providers, both locally and anywhere in the world. There are a variety of websites that sell organic clothing and cover trends within the organic clothing industry.

Farmers markets in Tennessee – 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.

Tennessee retail stores – Organic clothing is now so popular in Tennessee 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 more.

 

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 normally use to make their organic clothing, because as you now know there's much more to think about than the fabric.