Choosing organic is no longer just about your fruit and vegetables. The fashion industry has a significant impact on the environment, and this includes the pesticides and chemicals so often used to create our textiles. One way to reduce your fashion footprint is to choose certified organic clothing brands.
What is organic clothing?
Organic clothing is clothes and accessories made from materials that have been produced with specific organic agricultural standards. These standards mean that no harmful chemicals were used in production. If we take the example of the increasingly popular organic cotton, this can include everything from manual weed removal over herbicides to not using GMO seeds.
By purchasing pieces that have been certified by the Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS), you’re guaranteeing that your clothing is free from toxic chemicals and pollutants, from harvest to the factory to you. When it comes to the specific GOTS labels, keep in mind “a textile product carrying the GOTS label grade ‘organic’ must contain a minimum of 95% certified organic fibres.” A product with the label grade ‘made with organic’, on the other hand, “must contain a minimum of 70% certified organic fibres”. There are many organic material options out there to consider, from cotton to linen and even up-and-coming hemp.
The great news is that you don’t have to spend hours on Google or trudging from shop to shop checking every label you see. We’re here to help by showing you some of our favourite ethical fashion labels making stylish, quality organic clothing. These brands are all rated ‘Good’ or ‘Great’ in the Good On You Directory and app, meaning they are leading the way on the issues you care about.