Organic clothing is rising in popularity as awareness grows of the detriment of traditional cotton harvesting, chemical fibre washing and clothing manufacturing to the environment.
Generally, organic clothing is made from materials grown in compliance with organic agricultural standards, and using no harsh chemicals in the processing of fibres and manufacturing of garments.
This growing movement towards ethically and sustainably produced clothing is gaining traction in Australia as there is a shift away from mass produced garments and destructive manufacturing processes. There are multiple benefits to organic nothing, namely avoiding chemicals often used in the manufacturing process, and having a lesser carbon footprint.
Here, we bring you some of the best organic clothing brands available in Australia.
Price range: $19- $187
Brisbane based Bestowed offer a range of tees, dresses, trousers and skirts in earth toned colours, all made in Australia of GOTS certified organic cotton. With a focus on sustainability, everything is made within a 30 kilometre radius of their home studio.
Price range: $40- $180
Monsoon Blooms was started by Australian travel writer Samantha Kamala and her husband in India, following the birth of their child. Wanting to create ethically manufactured clothing and to pay a living wage to workers after witnessing the conditions around them, the couple started their capsule collection of organic cotton loungewear for men, women and babies.
Price range: $80- $200
No longer only limited to hippies, hemp is the latest in sustainable fibres. Hemp Temple have a range of organic hemp shirts and trousers for men and women, also offering dresses and skirts, so you can build your whole wardrobe from this breathable fibre.
Price range: $59- $210
With an endorsement from Fair Trade Australia, Sunshine Coast brand Sinerji is committed to organic and ethical production. Their mid-priced rage of women's and mens clothing is made using organic natural fibres, non-toxic dyes, and fairtrade partnerships.
Price range: $89- $149
Price range: $69- $169
Using organic cotton knitted and dyed in Melbourne, Vege Threads are super transparent in their manufacturing process. Offering a range of organic cotton basics for men and women, an organic hemp range, and a full line of organic yoga wear, this brand is the go-to for the ethically-minded woman.
Price range: $100- $150
Australian label Torju is certified organic, sustainable and fair trade, without compromising on style. They offer a range of oversized, relaxed silhouettes, easy to layer for day and night.
Price range: $20- $149
This Byron-based brand has effortless surf chic down, from cosy hoodies to slip dresses, Annukka uses certified organic cotton in their full range of everyday classics, including their line of eco-friendly underwear.
Price range: $29- $280
Australian activewear brand First Base is committed to bringing ethical and organic gym clothes to the market. They have a wide range of certified organic cotton leggings, sports crops and tanks. A Sunday morning activewear coffee stroll never felt so mindful.
Price range: $20- $1295
Merging organic fabrics and modern fashion, Kitx features signature asymmetric cuts, fringing and tiers. The brainchild of Aussie designer Kit Willow, the brand sources recycled and sustainably produced manmade fibres, in combination with their range of organic cotton styles.
Price range: $30- $100
This New Zealand family label has a full range of organic baby clothes, prioritising natural fibres to be kind to the skin of babies and children. Nature Baby offers baby wraps, accessories and clothing for children up to age four, all made from natural and organic materials.
Prince range: $254- $520
Another Kiwi brand, these beautiful Frisson Knits use New Zealand sourced and spun mohair yarn, which is hand-knitted by the designer and a small team of knitters. The perfect layering piece, these sustainably created jerseys are designed and made to be worn and loved forever.
Aster and Oak
Price range: $14- $65
When shopping for children, natural is key, especially for those with sensitive skin. Aster and Oak offer a range of organic kids clothes that are both durable and affordable.
Price range: $89- $349
New Zealand brand Kowtow is committed to fully sustainable and ethical manufacturing practices. Using only organic cotton in their pieces, they are transparent about their production processes for their range of distinctively draped and structured womenswear, super soft shirts and breathable knits.
Price range: $12- $300
With a beachy-boho vibe, it's easy to guess that Arnhem hails from Byron Bay. Using organic cotton alongside a range of sustainable raw materials, this brand has a low carbon footprint, as well as a super cute kids line.