As I began my spring cleaning regimen this weekend, I sat in my closet looking at some of the clothes that I've worn four or five years in a row thinking, it is really time for a wardrobe update! But before I ran out to the local mall or department store to purchase a bunch of new outfits, I found myself thinking, if I am living green, shouldn't that mean that my clothes should also be organic, free of harsh dyes and benefit the people creating these visual fashion pieces?
After doing some research on organic clothing, I found there are a few amazing companies out there who are doing their part to go green and offer organic products that are good for our bodies, and the earth. The most important term you will want to look for when shopping for organic clothing is not just the word organic, but also fair trade. Fair trade means that all clothing was traded legally, and that fair prices were paid for the merchandise purchased. This is extremely important as we want to not only protect our resources, but also the people creating these resources for us, from the world's organic materials. Almost all organic clothing companies also promote the fact that their products are created/woven/sewed from highly-skilled artisans, who craft each clothing piece by hand.
Indigenous Designs is one of my favorite organic clothing designers, as they create eco-friendly clothing with great style. The best thing about their clothing is that they support keeping toxins off of our bodies, as well as the planet. The company began in 1994 and creates natural clothing made of the finest organic fibers and threads. From organic cotton to silk, merino and alpaca wool, they carry a variety of clothing for men and women. Though the dyes used have a gorgeous color palette, you don't have to be concerned about harsh dyes being used on your clothing. Low-impact dyes are always used, and all yarns are created within the Global Organic Textile Standards. All in all, you can feel great about purchasing and wearing their products, knowing that you are supporting a company that not only values fair trade and its employees, but also our precious earth.
As you consider updating your own spring wardrobe this year, we encourage you to think organic and keep companies like Indigenous Designs in mind. If we all did our part purchase even a few new items in our closet organically, think about the benefits it would have on our earth's natural resources and the people living in it.