Organic Clothing in Vermont

Organic Clothing Standards, Retailers, Stores & More in VT

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 variety of processes in order to create textiles, or materials, that will 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 around the world and in Vermont are now trying to create global standards for what can be labeled organic clothing.

OTA Organic Clothing Standards in Vermont & 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 may or may not have some organic fiber content. May be manufactured using processes that don’t follow the OTA standards.

Organic Clothing Materials

The fibers used in 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 which can be organically harvested to create organic clothing.

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

Where to Find Organic Clothing in Vermont

Luckily, organic clothing has become more common in Vermont lately and the availability has improved greatly. Now, you'll 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 all over the world. There are numerous of websites that sell organic clothing and cover trends within the organic clothing industry.

Farmers markets in Vermont – Farmers markets aren’t just for people looking for organic foods. You can also get eco-friendly products that support sustainability. Bonus: you’ll be supporting your local economy.

Vermont retail stores – Organic clothing is now so popular in Vermont 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 be sure the garment really is organic and to what degree. It also helps 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.