Now more than ever, shoppers want to buy organic clothing whenever they can because it is long-lasting, easy to maintain, better for the environment, and gentle on sensitive skin. We did all the research to find organic clothing brands made right here in the USA. They are listed below, along with tips on material sourcing and labeling. During our research, we also kept our eyes peeled for companies whose organic apparel is not made here. Let’s go!
Full List of Organic Clothing Brands Made in the USA
Groceries Apparel uses organic and recycled fabrics for its clothing. All of its products are made in Los Angeles from local raw materials. The company has its own non-toxic dye house. Although Groceries Apparel is famous for its 100% GMO-free organic cotton tank tops, it makes a wide variety of clothing. You can even get cardigans, skirts, and dresses from them.
American Adorn is a high-end, made-in-the-USA children’s apparel online retailer that makes some organic clothing. It’s easy to find organic apparel on their website because they have a separate category for it. Styles include onesies, T-shirts, dresses, rompers, jumpers, leggings, and shorts.
BGREEN exclusively uses organic and recycled materials to make its apparel at its facilities in California. Everything from cutting to sewing to packaging is done on-site at its zero-waste factory. BGREEN clothing includes T-shirts, tank tops, joggers, sweatshirts, hoodies, and shorts.
Farm Fresh’s 100% organic cotton shirts are made in California. They do their printing in their own shop, using eco-friendly water-based inks. The company is committed to sustainability, right down to its hang tags made from sugarcane.
Harvest & Mill uses only USA-grown organic cotton for its clothing, and all its partnering mills and factories are located here. Most of the company’s clothing is made using natural colors and is entirely dye-free and bleach-free. Harvest & Mill apparel includes shirts, shorts, joggers, and sweatshirts.
Hyde Organic’s soft, breathable yoga apparel is made with organic materials in a wide variety of styles. Their tops and bottoms are made right here in the USA by actual yoga instructors. Hyde Organic clothing isn’t just for yoga; it can be worn for any exercise or everyday wear.
Most of this company’s apparel is made from organic materials like cotton, bamboo, or hemp. Some clothes are manufactured using a new technology called RPET, which takes discarded plastics and turns them into a soft fiber. The founder of Love of Country Clothing is a U.S. Air Force veteran passionate about making all its products in the USA. All garments are manufactured in California or New York. The company primarily makes T-shirts and sweatshirts.
Maggie’s Organics is a women’s apparel company that prides itself on its sustainability and ethical production standards. When we visited their website and clicked on their individual clothing items, we found an organic cotton A-line skirt made in the USA. However, all their other apparel is made elsewhere – mainly in India – by union or fair-trade workers.
Mollusk Surf Shop makes clothing in Los Angeles for men, women, and children. The company uses organic cotton or hemp to manufacture an astonishing variety of clothing that’s not just for the beach. The selection includes T-shirts, hoodies, sweaters, jackets, pants, and shorts.
The Classic T-Shirt Company makes its luxury cotton shirts by hand in California from 100% organic cotton. They have a wide variety of styles for both men and women. In addition to short- and long-sleeved T-shirts, they make joggers and sweatshirts.
Two Crows for Joy, based in Ohio, specializes in made-in-the-USA apparel for children. This small company, run by two moms, has its own brand called Adooka Organics. The success of this brand allowed the owners to expand to include other manufacturers of American-made organic kids’ clothing.
How to Find Organic Clothes Made in the USA
Let’s start with the organic part. Organic clothes are made from natural fibers that are grown without the use of chemical fertilizers, pesticides, or other artificial agents.
There are several organic clothing certification standards. The Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) is the most popular, followed by the Organic Content Standard (OCS).
For the final product to receive the GOTS logo, all processors, manufacturers, and traders of textiles must be GOTS-certified. Requiring adherence to environmental or social criteria during processing sets GOTS apart and makes it the gold standard for organic clothing certification.
The OCS only traces fiber through the supply chain. Some brands and retailers use OCS while working toward GOTS certification.
If you want to be sure an article of clothing you are considering is 100% organic, your best bet is to look for the GOTS logo on the packaging and/or hangtag and/or label.
Now, let’s discuss how to determine if an article of organic clothing is also made in the USA. Determining the country of origin can be tricky, especially if you are shopping online and don’t have a tag to examine. So here are some tips for finding American-made organic apparel. For further advice on determining if products were made here, see our made in the USA labeling explainer guide.
If you want an American-made product, you should look specifically at organic clothes made from materials sourced in the USA. With so much clothing manufacturing taking place overseas nowadays, finding apparel 100% sourced in the United States may be difficult – and finding organic clothes meeting that criterion is even more challenging. Depending on the specific clothing item you are searching for, you may have to settle for something primarily sourced in the USA.
Although it’s still only a small fraction of the cotton produced globally, organic cotton production is rising. The leading country of origin for organic cotton is India (51%), followed by China (17%), Kyrgyzstan (10%), Turkey (10%), Tajikistan (5%), Tanzania (2%), and the US (2%). Although this makes made-in-the-USA organ cotton clothing a challenge to locate, it’s by no means impossible – especially if you are looking for something basic like a T-shirt.
It’s easy to make organic clothing from hemp because it needs little to no irrigation and requires less fertilizer than other crops – and the fertilizer growers do use doesn’t have to be synthetic.
Thanks to the 2018 Farm Bill, hemp production in the United States has exploded in recent years and is expected to grow even more in the future. We currently rank third globally, behind China and Canada, in hemp production. Although most of the hemp from the US is grown for CBD, you can still find made-in-the-USA hemp clothing here – and who knows how much the picture will improve in the future.
Bamboo fabric is often touted as being non-toxic and environmentally friendly. However, depending on how it is produced, that’s not always the case.
For example, bamboo fabric made with the viscose rayon process is transformed into a semi-synthetic substance, so it isn’t considered organic. Bamboo fabric produced by mechanical means is your best bet if you want organic-certified bamboo clothing.
Bamboo originated in East Asia, and China is still the world’s largest producer. However, this crop is now produced all over the world because it can be grown in a variety of climates. The United States isn’t among the Top 5 bamboo producers globally, but what is grown here is used domestically rather than exported.
According to Title 19, Chapter 4, Section 1304 of the U.S. Code, all imported products must be labeled with their country of origin on the product or packaging. That’s great if you are in a store, but if you are shopping online, as so many of us are these days, things get a lot tricker because the law doesn’t apply to websites or other advertising materials. And some brands are more transparent than others when disclosing online where their products are made.
If you can’t tell from the website where an item comes from, email the company or call them to ask where they manufacture their products and where they source the materials.
Here are some additional things to remember when looking for organic clothing and other products made in the USA.
First, just because you see an American flag in a logo or on the item, don’t assume it’s made in the USA. The use of the U.S. flag on a product is not regulated, so it could have been manufactured elsewhere.
Second, be skeptical when you see qualifying language such as “assembled in the USA” or “stitched in the USA.” This is a good indication the company may not be sourcing all its materials domestically. Instead, search specifically for the phrase “made in the USA.”
Organic Clothes Not Made in the USA
Below are some popular organic clothing brands we came across in our research that are not made in the USA. We’ll keep updating this list as we find more.
- Fair Indigo – This Wisconsin-based company uses organic cotton from Peru to make its clothing.
- MATE the Label – This Los-Angeles based company cuts, sews, dyes, packages, and ships its organic apparel locally. However, the cotton fibers are spun into yarn in India and then shipped by boat to LA.
- Synergy – Synergy, based in Santa Cruz, California, uses organic cotton grown and loomed in India to make its clothes.
- Threads 4 Thought – This company is based in the USA, but none of its factories are located here. Instead, they are in Guatemala, Pakistan, India, and Weihai.