The T-shirt is truly iconic. From Marlo Brando to James Dean, the simple garment has been a symbol of coolness, worn by everyone from presidents to punks.
Nowadays organic t-shirts are all the rage! As the world turns away from fast fashion, more and more people are choosing organic t-shirts over their conventional counterparts.
What Are Organic T-Shirts?
In a nutshell, organic t-shirts are made from natural fabrics such as organic cotton, hemp, jute and linen which have been cultivated without chemical pesticides.
Here are 4 reasons why we love organic t-shirts and why you should too!
1. Super Comfy
When we think of a t-shirt, we think of comfort but organic t-shirts take it to the next level.
Organic fabrics are usually softer than standard cotton because they have longer fibers. As a result they have a smoother surface with fewer exposed fiber ends which creates garments that are softer and more plush.
Comfortable to lounge or go out in, organic shirts are for everybody and for every occasion – guaranteed to feel like a warm hug every time you wear them!
Your basic tee’s life cycle is a little more complicated than it lets on. First, regular cotton is grown in a process that requires large amounts of water and pesticides. It needs to be treated, woven, and dyed, before being stitched up by low wage workers in Bangladesh, India, China, or Turkey. Your t-shirt finally makes the long journey to your neighborhood store, leaving a trail of carbon emissions. Feeling overwhelmed yet?
Fortunately, organic t-shirts have proven benefits for the planet. They’re grown without pesticides which is better for the land and health of farmers. Plus, they use significantly fewer resources and cut back on emissions – what more could you ask for?
There are many dubious chemicals are found in normal cotton and synthetic shirts, some of which can cause allergic reactions if you have sensitive skin. On the other hand, organic t-shirts are made of natural fibers that have not been treated with chemicals and toxic dyes, thus are less likely to irritate your skin.
Organic tees are also more breathable. Even if the weather is extremely humid or warm, you’ll remain cool and comfortable. So, no more heat rashes for you!
4. Great Durability
No one wants to splurge on a t-shirt they might not even wear again because of poor quality and stitching. Luckily, you don’t have to worry about that with organic t-shirts as they’re made with extra care and are designed to last.
Fade-resistant and shrink-resistant, you can wash and wear them countless times making them a must-have!
How to Know If a T-Shirt Is Organic
So you’re ready to rock an organic t-shirt to protect your skin and the planet? Good on you! But first, watch out for greenwashing – a common practice with fast fashion brands
What is Greenwashing?
This is when a brand makes false or misleading statements about the environmental benefits of a product. To avoid this deceptive marketing, it’s important to do your research.
When Looking for Authentic Organic Shirts
Here are a few things to keep in mind when shopping for authentic organic shirts.
It is common for shirts to be advertised as organic. However, unless the product has certification, there is no guarantee it’s really organic.
OCS certification ensures the processing, manufacturing, packaging, labelling, trading and distribution of a product meets organic standards.
Fast fashion brands and retailers use unethical production methods to make their t-shirts – that’s why they are so cheap.
When shopping for organic t-shirts, it’s important to note that the price point is generally higher for a variety of reasons such as fabric quality, fair wages, low impact production and certification costs.
Is the company you come across a trusted brand? Scroll through their social media and their website to be certain. Also, read reviews about the products to give you a better idea of whether or not it’s a company you want to support.
ALTER X Goes The Extra Organic Mile.
If you’re in the market for a sustainable t-shirt organic apparel brand that reflects your values, look no further than ALTER X.
Our organic shirts are made from the world’s finest premium hemp and organic cotton, knitted, stitched, and dyed in Los Angeles, Ca USA.
All our clothing is OCS- certified, a badge of honor for us. This means you can be confident that our suppliers and clothes makers follow only the best methods for organic and ethical standards.
But our organic shirts are more than apparel; they’re a force for good.
Proceeds from every shirt go to fight hunger and food access issues as well as other causes people care about.
Buy organic t-shirts and join a growing movement of people who care about the planet and making a difference!
Check out ALTER X and their mission to put purpose back in apparel.
ONE SHIRT CAN MAKE A WORLD OF DIFFERENCE!