Organic cotton fabric is available in an increasing selection of styles and weights. Once confined to yoga clothing and loungewear, organic cotton is moving from sportswear into mainstream fashion.
Demin is the most popular fabric around the globe, and blue jeans are the iconic fashion.
From cotton gauze to cotton flannel, from waffle weave to terry for robes, going organic has captured consumers’ attention.
A touch of Spandex keeps your organic cotton togs looking crisp all day.
Interest in Green Products Spurs Increased Choice
Summer fashion is a popular choice for organic fibers because of cotton’s comfortable feel and natural absorbency.
A cotton knit dress will resist wrinkles. The organic fabric appears less frequently, so far, in cotton-flannel but is sure to penetrate the market as the preference for environmentally friendly products grows.
Where to Find Eco-Conscious and Extreme Fabrics
One company that specializes in environmentally-friendly clothing is ExOfficio. You can find soy clothing at Exofficio, too.
T-shirts and tops come in many styles. Organic cotton, soy, and bamboo sportswear for women and men are available.
Some of the fabrics are sweat-resistant, insect repellent, and offer sun protection. These are not always organic cotton, though.
Sierra Trading Post is a great place to find all kinds of discounted sportswear — including organic cotton and other eco-conscious fibers.
The craze for organic cotton fabric ensures cotton’s place as the comfort food of fabrics. Cotton remains king.
The Truth about Cotton Production
- Organic cotton fabric succeeds despite tremendous odds. That’s why organic cotton may be a bit more expensive.
- The cotton plant is attacked by hundreds of insects, bacteria, and viruses report Encyclopedia Online.
- Cotton uses 11 percent of the pesticides used in the world but just 2.4 percent of cultivated land, according to the Sustainable Cotton organization.
- Organic cotton growers do not use harmful pesticides or synthetic fertilizers, explains the Organic Trade Association.
Increasing Organic Cotton Production Still Less Than 1% of World Crops
Organic cotton production increased 20% in 2021 yet still represents less than 1% of the world’s total cotton crop (OTA website).
Buying clothing made of organic cotton fabric contributes to the progress of environmentally conscious agriculture.
Voting with your pocketbook also will motivate fashion manufacturers to offer an increasing range of styles.
Whether you are seeking a cotton knit dress or a cotton flannel shirt, eventually, every type of product will have its organic cotton fabric variation.
Visit Fashion After 50’s Organic Cotton Store
Even though production and selection are increasing, it can be time-consuming to track down the organic cotton fabric.
Blufashion has some suggestions for women’s tops, bottoms, dresses, robes, and sleepwear.
You will find organic cotton pajamas, including organic cotton flannel seasonally. Organic cotton products also include underwear, such as panties and bras.
These glamorous piped pajamas are a blend of super-soft bamboo (read more about this fabulous eco-conscious fiber here) and organic cotton. This textile will wick night sweats and moisture away from your body.
Several clothing companies specialize in organic cotton yoga wear.
Silk and Cotton Shawl Illustrates the Latest in Fiber Technologies
New developments at the Cotton Incorporated laboratories are making this once everyday fabric into luxurious blends with silk and wool.
Wrapping silk around a cotton fiber creates a fabric with the luster of silk that is durable and washable (Textile World, Nov/Dec 2005). Cotton-silk blends are a great choice for an office or party summer fashion.
Designer Thanyarat Sananpanich has created an elegant shawl using the silkscreen technique for the motif of fall foliage drifting across the fabric. Fringe finishes the original wrap.
A 20 percent wool-cotton fabric is softer than pure wool and washable yet has the rich look and feel of woolen fiber. The shrug, left, uses Pima cotton (the type grown in the U.S.), with a touch of baby alpaca wool and nylon.
No wonder Tonia Cook Kimbrough declared, “Cotton is the single best-selling fiber in America today” (Wearables, Oct. 2008, p. 29). Cotton fabric breathes, feels good against our skin, can be dyed into a rainbow of colors, is easily washed and ironed without any high-tech or chemical treatments.
More cotton fiber blends for women’s cotton clothing include cotton-linen, cotton-rayon, and a list that is sure to keep growing as research continues.