Organic Fabric - What to Look For, Where to Buy

Recently I have become more and more aware of the benefits of organic fabric and a person who sews (I wouldn’t call myself a seamstress!), I have found it difficult to find organic fabric from retail fabric stores.

Typically I am looking for this natural fabric to make pajamas and simple shirts or dresses, nothing extravagant here. But even simple these simple fabrics have not been easy to find.

To me, organic means fabric made from organic cotton, organic silk, organic linen bamboo and hemp. You have to be careful with organic cotton, silk and linen by ensuring it is certified organic.

There are a few organizations that provide this certification. So check that it is certified by any of the following organizations:

Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS):

The aim of the standard is to define requirements to ensure organic status of textiles, from harvesting of the raw materials, through environmentally and socially responsible manufacturing up to labelling in order to provide a credible assurance to the end consumer. 

OE 100 Standard and OE Blended Standard of Organic Exchange, USA: 

The OE 100 Standard applies to products that contain 100% organic cotton. The OE 100 requires that all of the cotton is grown organically and provides criteria for proper handling and tracking of the organic cotton through all the steps of textile processing. This standard does not establish criteria for substances used during processing. 

Bamboo fabric is extremely soft, light and durable and seen as the next generation in textile fibres. This fabric is increasingly being used for ready-made men’s, women’s and children's bamboo clothing. The bamboo fabric makes wonderful bedding. 

Bamboo is a fast growing grass that grows much like a weed. For more information on organic bamboo fabric, click here. 

You won't find hemp fabric from Canada or the United States as growing hemp is still prohibited in these countries. The best hemp fabric is grown in Europe. 

Hemp provides superior durability, warmth and a natural softness making it an excellent choice for both comfort and wear and tear. Hemp is a fast growing grass that grows like a weed. It produces a strong, durable fabric that can be blended with a variety of other textiles. For more information on organic hemp fabric, click here. 

Here are some resources:

Efforts Hempwear 

Eden Fabrics 

Simplifi Fabric

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