Organic Clothing in Rock Hill

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Organic Clothing Standards, Retailers, Stores & More in Rock Hill, SC



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 a variety of processes in order to make textiles, or materials, that'll 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 worldwide and in Rock Hill are now attempting to create global standards for what can be labeled organic clothing.

OTA Organic Clothing Standards in Rock Hill & 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 – 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 may or may not have some organic fiber content. May be manufactured using processes that don’t keep to 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 number of 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 Rock Hill, SC

Luckily, organic clothing has become more common in Rock Hill in recent years and the availability has improved greatly. Now, you can get 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 a variety of websites that sell organic clothing and cover trends within the organic clothing industry.

Farmers markets in Rock Hill – 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.

Rock Hill retail stores – Organic clothing has grown to be so popular in Rock Hill 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 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 normally use to make their organic clothing, because as you now know there's far more to take into account than the fabric.