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Organic Clothing Standards, Retailers, Stores & More in WI

Unlike, personal care and food products, there aren't any 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 a variety of processes 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 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 Wisconsin are now attempting to create global standards for what can be labeled organic clothing.

OTA Organic Clothing Standards in Wisconsin & the U.S.

The Organic Trade Association (OTA) in america 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 comply with the OTA standards.

Organic – No less than 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 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 that can be organically harvested to create organic clothing.

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

Where to Find Organic Clothing in Wisconsin

Luckily, organic clothing has become more common in Wisconsin 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 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 Wisconsin – 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.

Wisconsin retail stores – Organic clothing has become so popular in Wisconsin 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 ensure the garment really is organic and to what degree. It may also help to research manufacturers to learn about the processes they choose to make their organic clothing, because as you now know there's a lot more to take into account than the fabric.