Shopping Guide – Clothing

shIt can be difficult to find clothing that is natural fiber AND organic fiber, so this list focuses on simply natural fibers.   As I am a woman, this list is woman-focused; however, there are some fantastic options for men in the list as well.  Men’s clothing is noted with caps (MEN’S).  Children’s options are at the end.

Why are natural fibers the only real choice?  Read the answer here.

(You can also search for PFAS-free products, by visiting a list maintained by The Green Science Policy Institute:

A quick note that we should strive to avoid plastic hangers as they break and end up in landfills, and we should avoid hangers made of toxic materials.  The following hangers are good choices, made of wood free of any toxic finishes.  The bottom hangers all have clear plastic on the inside of the clips so your clothes don’t become stained.

Top hangers.  The perfect size for a women sized 4-6 would be 16.5″, but I couldn’t find that size.  The perfect size for a man wearing size Large would be 18″, but companies don’t seem to offer this size either.  The next-best sizes might be:

Another quick note to avoid plastic hampers that break and add to our landfills.  Choose a natural fiber hamper, like this one: Spmor XXX-Large Cotton Rope Basket Hamper 20″x15.7″x15.7″ Grey – $34


I recommend the flannel fabrics or oxford stripe.   If you’re buying size items, size up as they shrink.

Sweaters & Wool Shirts

  • Lands End Women’s Cashmere sweaters
  • Woolovers
  • Anine Bing

T-shirts and Polos



  • L.L. Bean

Tank Tops

  • ?

Long Sleeve Shirt

Button-Down Shirt

  • for women, try cotton shirts at Lover + Friends or Superdown


  • Anine Bing
  • Just Sweatshirts
  • Mack Weldon – MEN
  • Filson
  • Tommy Hilfiger
  • American Giant


  • ?







  • Cotton On
  • Pact
  • Mack Weldon – MEN
  • Westerlind
  • Urban Outfitters – I recommend this company to find casual women’s jean denim shorts.  They take old vintage levi jeans (which are almost always 100% cotton), and revamp them.  Look for the Cuffed Cutoff (aka Turn Up Hem).
  • Cotton Mill – MEN’s jogger shorts



  • Decent Exposure
  • Hanes Hi-Cut or Jockey French Cut – both of these brands offer 100% cotton underwear for women.  The Hanes come in 5-packs with mostly awful colors, and the waistband is not covered.  Write to Hanes asking them to allow customers to choose their own colors instead of having to buy pre-selected varieties in 5-packs.  The Hanes 5-pack always has at least one pair that is not 100% cotton, because it is ‘heathered.’  The Jockey French Cuts are awesome, and the elastic is completely covered with cotton material.  They also last a lot longer through wash and dry cycles.
  • Zimmerli


  • Woolovers – Cashmere and Merino Socks $25


Winter Hats

Baseball Cap

  • ?

Winter Scarves

  • Filson – wool
  • Faribault Mills – wool
  • Eileen Fisher – alpaca, or other

Duffel Bags, Computer sleeves, travel pouches, and backpacks


August Birth Flower – Poppy


Almost all natural fiber:

  • Simply Vera Wang – this brand through Kohl’s offers leggings that are 95% cotton.  These are the highest natural fiber legging I’ve found that are comfortable.
  • Sports Bras

Companies Making an Effort

Backpacks and Duffle Bags


Jogger Sneakers



  • Xero Shoes
  • Steger Mukluks
  • Han Wag, like the Aotea Lady GTX or Saisa.  Many of their boots are made with NO fluorochemicals!

Best Dress Shoes for Men

Feet rehab


Natural rubber-based Neoprene – Yulex

  • Patagonia.  Neoprene-free Yulex® wetsuits lighter and stretchier, and now Fair Trade Certified™ too. They blend 85% natural rubber with 15% synthetic rubber, reducing CO2 emissions in manufacturing by up to 80%.

Limestone-based Neoprene – Geoprene

  • NP Surf.  Yamamoto Limestone Neoprene.  Made from limestone extracted from Mt. Kurohime at Niigata prefecture in Japan, it is a non-petroleum based material.We are the only brand to include Yamamoto Limestone Neoprene in all our wetsuits, no matter the price level. This premium material is typically only used in high-end products.
  • Matuse.  Limestone Neoprene is 98% water impermeable. Petroluem-based neoprene is 65% water ipermeable. Geoprene suits don’t absorb water like a sponge.


Some interesting brands to remember…

  1. Moloco breastfeeding swim suits
  2. CoolTan – their fabric allows you to tan through the fabric

Unfortunately there are things I haven’t been able to find in all natural fiber, such as:

  • women’s jeans that are 100% cotton that are loose enough to facilitate sitting without cutting off circulation.
  • leggings
  • sweat shorts for women
  • sweatshirt hoodies for women
  • sports bras or regular bras
  • winter and spring coats
  • swimsuit
  • shoes

Fabric for Sewing Your Own Items

100% cotton fleece:

Mechanical Hand-wound watches (no batteries!!)

  • Nomos
  • Jughans

There are some vintage watches that have great mechanisms, but most are sized for men.

  • Poljot
  • Luch
  • Vostok