There are many ways to make your life safer and less toxic, and starting with an organic mattress is a big step. Most people who are sleeping organically are eating organically also. But are you dressing organically?
Ten years ago it was next to impossible to find organic clothing options. However, with the organics industry growing every year, more and more manufacturers and designers are making the moral choice to use fabrics made from organic raw materials. Even the high-fashion and couture houses are making the switch, as we see ever so apparently in Fall fashion shows across the world. From São Paulo to Los Angeles to New York to London, organics are taking the fashion world by storm.
Here are the top 12 brands and retailers who are “going organic” (ranking by Organic Exchange):
#12: Nordstrom (USA) – stocking more sustainable lines such as EDUM and Eileen Fisher, they also have a line of men’s dress shirts, casual shirts, and boxers made of organic cotton.
#11: Adidas – they use sustainable materials such as organic cotton in their Adidas by Stella McCartney and Adidas Grün collections.
#10: Target – brought organic cotton into the stores by introducing limited-edition lines by Rogan Gregory and Loomstate. They also have organic options in their “Home by Target” collection.
#9: Levi Strauss – although the company has been using organic materials since 2006, they have paved the way for organic denim since, and have become the leader in organic blue jeans.
#8: Greensource (USA) – mainly a t-shirt company, they have recently expanded to home and bath products as well. They just so happen to also grow all of their own organic cotton.
#7: Coop Switzerland – although they specialize in being the second-largest coop supermarket in the world, they also purchase a large slice of the fair-trade organic-cotton textile industry.
#6: Anvil Knitwear – the largest purchaser of U.S.-grown certified organic cotton, they also produce the world’s first carbon-neutral t-shirt.
#5: H&M – incorporating organic cotton since 2004, this fashion retailer is making an effort to increase its use of organic materials by 50 percent every year until 2013.
#4: Williams-Sonoma – through brands such as Pottery Barn, PB Teen, and West Elm, they have introduced organic cotton into their bedding, bath, and upholstery products.
#3: Walmart (USA) – purchases over 12 million pounds of organic cotton to incorporate into their clothing, bath, and upholstery lines.
#2: Nike (USA) – although the already incorporate organic cotton, the company’s goal is to have a minimum blend of 10 percent organic cotton in all cotton-containing attire by 2015.
#1: C&A (Belgium) – although better known in Europe, this popular clothing line sold over 23 million organic cotton products in 2010.