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Organic Fair Trade Clothing: Choosing Ethical Fashion

By Edited Nov 13, 2013 3 6

Organic Cotton and Organic Bamboo Clothing

Organic Fair Trade Clothing is rising in popularity with consumers because it helps move society towards ethical fashion. Since the quality of the organic clothing for men, women, children, and babies is very high -- and sweat-shop free -- shoppers around the world can know that what they wear is a good product all around. Whether it’s with organic cotton, hemp, or bamboo, most of these organic fair trade clothing products are made in small production units and cooperatives where the producers get a fair, sustainable, and living wage for the work they do. The advantage of organic fair trade clothing production methods is that they ensure that this clothing is made with a minimum amount of environmental impact. 

Why Choose Organic Fair Trade Clothing?

Whether you are searching for sustainable cotton items or bamboo eco friendly clothing like yoga gear, bamboo baby clothes, or everyday wear, sustainable textiles have progressed to the point where there are well-made and comfortable products widely available. Use of organic natural fibers like cotton, hemp, or bamboo, without the use of harmful dyes, pesticides, and other dangerous materials, seems like a very logical choice for our health conscious planet. The World Health Organization (WHO) has reported that more than three million cases of pesticide poisoning are reported or witnessed each year. It is not just the individual human suffering, but also the destruction of environmental stability that has raised concern among people around the world. In the United States alone -- from statistics revealed in geological surveys -- pesticides were found to be the principal cause of pollution in streams and in about 90% of drinking wells.

The fair trade clothing network called People Tree is well known in the organic cotton clothing industry, and has shown an overwhelming growth rate with small cooperatives in over twenty countries all of which are also providing jobs and additional training for workers. This business process is found to support everyone involved in the production of clothing and textiles, and it ensures that there is no unfair distribution of wealth and benefits. While some of the organic fair trade clothing is going to cost the consumers a little more than regular prices, the quality and source of these products will definitely outweigh the price, and you might just have them for lifetime use unlike cheaply manufactured, mass-produced clothing and goods. 

While the manufacturing facilities of some of these organic fair trade clothing companies rival the scale and production of other textile companies, the difference is the emphasis on organic, sustainable fabrics and materials, the choice of only natural dyes and colorings, and the emphasis on fair living wages.

Where to Find Organic Clothing?

In addition to the recycling and the savings that comes from thrift stores and second-hand clothing boutiques, it’s also possible to find eco friendly stores filled primarily with organic clothing. A number of large and small shops that sell organic fair trade clothing made from sustainable cotton, bamboo, hemp, and other materials are popping up across the globe in major cities like New York, London, Boston, Atlanta, Chicago, and Los Angeles, but also in places like Austin, Ann Arbor, Jacksonville, Berkeley, Denver, and elsewhere. Across the globe there is growing desire for organic clothing from consumers in Australia, Canada, Denmark, Germany, India, Scotland, Japan, and the UK. Since it’s a growth industry, its also a place to find new organic clothing jobs in stores, wholesale centers, or marketing the various organic clothing lines and brands.


Jan 12, 2012 10:45am
This is a nice article and a reminder to be on the lookout for fair trade clothing. It's nice to know more and more businesses are making a point to pay appropriate wages to those making their clothes.
Jan 12, 2012 10:57am
Thanks EGreen! The fabrics are very comfortable too ... the bamboo almost feels like silk!
Jan 12, 2012 11:05am
I have bamboo sheets on my bed and they are awesome!
Jan 14, 2012 7:41am
I could be a good girl and leave a standard comment, but whilst I fully agree with fairtrade, the issue is that poorer families such as mine have no choice but to look out for the best deals for our own family. I do however try and do other things to ensure that I am not feeding the fat cats. I buy in charity shops, I hand down clothing and pass it on if it is in good condition. Not everyone can afford to have the ethics they wish as they are down there with the rest of the people scraping to feed and clothe their own.
Jan 14, 2012 9:37am
Thanks for checking this out Ddraig! I fully understand... it's a little more expensive -- we're just buying organic clothing one item at a time, and often just suggesting it as gifts from others -- if they ask. Second hand stores and thrift shops are GREAT because that kind of clothes 'apparel' recycling keeps other clothes from needlessly being manufactured -- organic or not. And I think recycling and reusing any item, including clothes, is a solid choice for our planet -- especially with this this many people!
Mar 24, 2013 12:02pm
I like the idea of knowing what I wear wasn't made in a sweat shop.
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