Product Guide – Clothing

It can be difficult to find clothing that is natural fiber AND organic fiber.  To start, try focusing on simply natural fiber.   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: PFASCentral.org).

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


Sleepwear

I recommend the flannel fabrics.  The oxford is really great and will soften, but it’s very heavy.  The seersucker would be nice, but it is too sheer to wear in front of others.


Sweaters & Wool Shirts

  • Lands End Women’s Cashmere sweaters
  • Filson Women’s wool sweaters and wool pullovers
  • Finisterre Men’s

 

T-shirts and Polos

Women

  • http://www.WearPact.com featherweight v neck or crew neck t-shirt
  • Fruit of the Loom, $3-$5: crew t-shirt: Ladies Heavy Cotton HD153 L3930.  Beware of the heathered colors – but the solid colors are ok – 100% cotton.  My bust is 35.5″; I take Medium.
  • Fruit of the Loom, $3-$5: v-neck t-shirt: Ladies 5 oz. HD Cotton L39VR.  Beware of the heathered colors – but the solid colors are ok – 100% cotton.  My bust is 35.5″; I take Medium.
  • Filson
  • American Giant, $24-28 t-shirt.  Skip the Premium, Classic is best, if any.  They are stretchy and thin
  • Patagonia

Men

 

Tank Tops

 

Long Sleeve Shirt

 

Button-Down Shirt

 

Sweatshirt – Pullover

  • Filson
  • Tommy Hilfiger – for women
  • Los Angelos Apparel – MEN
  • Thousand Mile  – MEN
  • American Giant, MEN classic pullover (kanga hoodie) – this is THE WARMEST hoodie ever.  They don’t make any nice pullovers for women.
  • J.Crew & J.Crew Factory – their men’s hoodies will fit pretty well on women, compared with Cotton Mills’ hoodies (below) which are way too large for most women.
  • Tom Cridland
  • Levi
  • Mother
  • try vintage on eBay
  • American Apparel – hit or miss
  • H&M – hit or miss and not the best quality
  • Goodfellow at Target – MEN’s
  • Best Made – MEN’s

 

Sweatshirt – Zipped

  • Filson
  • American Giant – MEN’s & WOMEN’s the best
  • Pact, MEN’S & WOMEN’S most affordable

 

Sweatpants

In my opinion, the Cotton Mill sweatpants are best quality, but American Giant has more modern styles and fits.

Medium weight

Heavier weight

  • Cotton Mill, Women’s 20oz sweatpants $71 – my true hip is 37″/waist 27″; I wear size S
  • Cotton Mill, MEN’S 20oz sweatpants $71
  • Vintage on eBay

Others to try

  • Addidas
  • Champion

 

Robe

 

Vest

 

Pants/Jeans

 

Bibs

 

Shorts

  • 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

 

Dresses

 

Underwear

  • 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.

 

Socks

  • Woolovers – Cashmere and Merino Socks $25

 

Coats

 

Winter Hats

 

Baseball Cap

 

Winter Scarves

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

 

Children

  • Danish Woolen Delight – A website offering organic woolen underlayers and hats for baby and child.
  • Dharma Trading – cotton fabric AND cotton thread!
  • Hanna Andersson
  • Mini Boden
  • Fleece Farm
  • Mango Kids
  • Zara Kids
  • JCP, Arizona Jeans Brand
  • Andy & Evan
  • Woolrich
  • Abercrombie & Fitch
  • Gap
  • Search for these brands above and below, used, on eBay.

 

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 a Serious Effort

Backpacks and Duffle Bags

Los Angelos Apparel – COTTON CANVAS BACKPACK, Style RCC508 $58

Los Angelos Apparel – BULL DENIM DIAGONAL STRAP GYM BAG, Style BD04

Los Angelos Apparel – BULL DENIM WEEKENDER BAG, Style BD03

Winter Boots

Some boots at least have leather uppers, and some even have wool insulation, like Ugg.

  • Han Wag, like the Aotea Lady GTX or Saisa.  Many of their boots are made with NO fluorochemicals!
  • Ugg, like the Adirondack.  at least some leather and wool parts

Sandals

Earth Runners are a MINIMALIST SHOE!

Jogger Sneakers

 

Wetsuits

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.

 

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