The more I learn about our asthma (an allergy), autism, allergy and autoimmune disorder epidemic in the United States, the more I’ve begun searching for the source of these epidemics that all stem from a confused immune system while discovering countless reasons why our immune systems have started overreacting.
During my search, in addition to eating a clean diet, I’ve learned that the hazards and health effects of pesticides used in conventional cotton farming (one of the three largest GMO crops) can greatly impact our overall health.
“It is a scientific fact that the chemicals in the fabrics you wear soak into your skin and are absorbed by your body when you sweat. Synthetic fibers made from petroleum by-products have been liked to numerous health problems as severe as breast cancer in addition to their negative impact on the environment. Unfortunately, most people are unaware of the chemical side effects of the clothing they wear and the alternatives are not always readily available” (Green Apple Active).
Even though organic clothing is just as important as an organic diet, many people I speak with do not give organic clothing a second thought while immediately assuming that an organic wardrobe will cost too much. However, the following organic companies will surprise you with their affordable fashion options, especially with today’s Cyber Monday deals as most companies are offering up to 30% off your entire order!
In addition to being more mindful of the clothing that comes into contact with my largest organ, I have also become more aware of what I buy and how many of those items I actually wear more than once. I used to get excited while buying many inexpensive clothing items because they were super cheap, but I rarely wore any of the many items I bought more than once because they were in fact cheap… Nevertheless, I’ve stopped buying loads of cheap conventional clothing items throughout each year while I now only buying a few organic/sustainable/eco-friendly and high-quality items each year. I do admit that my husband has been asking me to buy more clothes while complaining that I wear the same outfits all the time, but I love the clothes I wear on many levels and that is okay with me!
Quality clothing and peace of mind matter more to me now than ever before because the more I learn, the cleaner I want my lifestyle to become and the more I focus on a higher quality, non-toxic wardrobe for me and my girls.
After changing my thought process when it comes to my wardrobe, my closet has become more roomy, simplified and organized. I now wear almost all clothes contained in my closet thanks to The Joy of Less by Francine Jay.
The Joy of Less has helped me scale down the contents in my closet by 80% these past several years and I sold most of those items at Once Worn Consignment Shop in Philadelphia (Jen is great!) of which gave me more money to transform my wardrobe.
Before I get to my list of resources, I would like to say that I LOVE shopping from Goodwill and yard sales. I also buy my favorite jeans gently used from eBay. Most of my favorite wardrobe pieces are from Goodwill and/or gently-used from eBay (my jeans are a daily fav!).
Organic Clothing Companies to Explore:
- Threads for Thought: Men’s and women’s organic apparel. I love Threads for Thought and buy most of mine super cheap at Whole Foods in NYC and on eBay.
- Vegan Cuts: A discount site for all vegan and organic products that go well beyond clothing and accessories. I LOVE the deals and products at Vegan Cuts!
- American Apparel: American Apparel has a small organic line worth exploring; however, I do admit that I fall in love with many of their conventional non-organic apparel, so be warned!
- Dhana Eco Kids: Just for kids – DEK just announced FREE SHIPPING too!
- Maggie’s Organics: Adult, kid and baby cloths – organic and fair labor!
- Green Apple Active: Activewear – GAA uses Certified Organically Grown Bamboo & Certified Organic Cotton.
- Gaiam: Organic and eco-friendly clothing and other products.
- Earth Creations: Sustainable hemp and organic cotton clothing for all.
- Hassnatur: Organic and fair clothing for women and children.
- Blue Canoe: Organic women’s clothing, lingerie and activewear.
- Xylem Clothing Company: Organics clothing for all.
- Rawganique: Organic mens, womens, footwear and more.
- Pact: Organic clothing, green energy and plastic-free compostable packaging.
- Soul Roll: Adult and kids organic clothing and accessories made in Hawaii.
- Artistically Stitched: Organic hemp clothing for men and women.
- Growing Up Wild: Organic baby clothing.
- Feelgoodz Flip Flops: Made from natural rubber – FFF are working on Fair Trade certification.
- Moo Shoes: MooShoes is a vegan-owned business that sells an assortment of cruelty-free footwear, bags, t-shirts, wallets, books and other accessories.
- Matt and Nat: Vegan accessories (love my vegan wallet/clutch made from 100% recycled plastic).
- Big Buddha: Vegan
- Susan Nicole: Vegan Handbags
- Gunas Vegan Handbags