3 Resources for Sourcing Organic Cotton for Your Fashion Collection

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Cotton is the most commonly used fiber in the fashion and textile industries, and subsequently, it has the largest impact on the environment. The use of organic cotton in collections is something that more and more designers are considering.

So what are the positives of incorporating organic cotton into your fashion collection?

Chemicals are removed from the production process; cotton seeds are left untreated, insecticides and synthetic fertilizers are cut out. This prevents harsh additives from harming the environment as well as the consumer.

If you are looking to source organic cotton for your next collection, here are a few options:

Laguna / Enviro Fabrics

If your fashion line features knits and jerseys, Laguna Fabrics has a wide variety of options. In 2007, they introduced their eco-friendly division called Enviro. The line features not only 100% certified organic cotton, but also cotton blends of linen, hemp, bamboo and polyester. The textiles are mainly jerseys, but also included are interlock, French terry and baby rib.

EcoTex

EcoTex offers a line of “Premium Fibers” including organic and pima cotton. The company also features a full-service design studio to dye, print, and customize fabrics.

Organic Cotton Plus

As a company focused on a singular textile, Organic Cotton Plus has one of the largest selections of certified organic cottons. There are a wide variety of wovens, from twills to sateens, as well as knits and even knitting yarn. Printed and “ecodyed” fabrics are available as well as textiles that are ready to be dyed or printed on. It is a particularly good resource for the emerging designer, as it has very low minimums (orders from 1 yard to 500+ yards can be placed directly through the website) and quick turnaround (most orders are shipped within 24 to 48 hours).

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Jessica Bucci

Jessica has been trained in a wide variety of textile and fiber processes, traditional as well as computer-aided, which she uses in both her design and sculptural work. Jessica has also served as a teaching assistant for beginning weavers and drawers.

5 comments
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    Norma Hill

    Hi,
    I read about your discussion of Eco Tex but didn’t give any contact information. I”m wondering how to get in touch with them. Please let me know.
    Thanks

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    Maria

    This is the worst article I’ve ever seen! There are so many other amazing websites out there that do organic cotton – and MUCH better than any of these articles!! Very badly researched article.

    • Nicole Giordano
      Nicole Giordano

      Hi Maria,

      It’s too bad you didn’t find this article helpful. This wasn’t meant to be exhaustive, but simply a starting point for anyone who is considering implementing organic cotton into their collection.

      If you know of many more resources, feel free to share them so others can benefit.

      ~Nicole

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      Manuel

      Hi Maria,

      Where should I be looking for Organic Cotton Yarn then? You help will be appreciated. I am a small knitwear brand looking to relocate back to the US from Shanghai, China. We are looking for organic yarn and local manufactures.

      Thank you in advance – Manuel

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