Organic Cotton Fabric: Why Going Green Can Cost More

Organic cotton fabric is available in an increasing selection of styles and weights. Once confined to yoga clothing and lounge wear, organic cotton is moving from sports wear 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. Organic fabric appears less frequently, so far, in cottonflannel but is sure to penetrate the market as the preference for environmentally friendly products grow.

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 sports wear -- 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, reports 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 2009, 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 is increasing, it can be time-consuming to track down organic cotton fabric.

Fashion After 50 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

Silk and cotton shawl'Fall Foliage' (Thailand)

New developments at the Cotton Incorporated laboratories are making this once every-day 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 office or party summer fashion.

Silk and cotton shawl, 'Fall Foliage' (Thailand)

Designer Thanyarat Sananpanich has created an elegant shawl using silkscreen technique for the motif of fall foliage drifting across the fabric. Fringe finishes the original wrap.

A 20 per cent 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.

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