Organic clothing is clothing made from materials raised in on in or grown in compliance with organic agricultural standards. Organic clothing may be composed of cotton, jute, silk, ramie, or wool.[unreliable source?] Retailers charge more for organic clothing because the source of the clothing's fibre are free from herbicides, pesticides, or genetically modified seeds.[unreliable source?] Textiles do not need to be 100% organic to use the organic label.
Authentic organic fabrics and clothing can help the environment in a number of ways, such as:
- No chemical pesticides are used 
- Organic cotton farming produces far less CO2 emissions - Organic farming takes 1.5 tonnes of CO2 per acre per year are taken out of the atmosphere 
- Organic cotton farming uses up to 60% less water than conventional farming methods 
- Pesticide or herbicide residues are not entered accidentally into the environment
- Humans and animals are not exposed to chemical pesticides or herbicides
- When the fabric is discarded, pesticides and herbicides are not returned to the earth in landfill, or enter into recycling process.
Cotton covers 2.5% of the world's cultivated land yet uses 16% of the world's insecticides, more than any other single major crop.[unreliable source?] It can take almost a 1/3 pound of synthetic fertilizers to grow one pound of raw cotton in the US, and it takes just under one pound of raw cotton to make one t-shirt.
Researchers at Oxford university analyzed 71 peer-reviewed studies. The meta-analysis showed that organic farming requires 84% more land. The researchers concluded that both organic farming and conventional farming are worse for the environment than integrated methods which combine the best of both and new technology. With higher productivity less area would be needed for agriculture and more would be sustained for wildlife habitats and forestry.
Many high street retailers, such as H&M, Nike and Wal-mart market organic clothing ranges that contain chemicals from the dyeing to bleaching process, which is inconsistent with the idea of organic clothing. Many companies sell clothing made from bamboo, which is commonly labeled as "organic", however this is a false statement. Bamboo fabric is typically chemically manufactured by “cooking” the bamboo leaves and woody shoots in strong chemical solvents such as sodium hydroxide and carbon disulfide, in a process also known as hydrolysis alkalization combined with multi-phase bleaching. Both sodium hydroxide and carbon disulfide have been linked to serious health problems. This finished material is similar to rayon and modal, which are more accurate terms of describing bamboo fabrics.[unreliable source?] Criticism also concerns the high cost of the products.[unreliable source?]
- BeGood Clothing - California Organics is the first exclusive line from BeGood
- Organic cotton
- Organic Baby Products
- Maggie's Organics
- Sustainable clothing
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