Organic cotton, hemp and bamboo clothes are available primarily in t-shirts, hats, tops, pants, skirts, socks and accessories.
Another option: clothing made from recycled soda bottles and scrap fabrics.
Outdoor outfitter Patagonia 's Synchilla fleece uses recycled soda bottles as its base material. Since 1993, the company has diverted more than 40 million 2-liter plastic bottles from landfills and saved about 11,000 barrels of oil by making women's and men's vests and sweatshirts from post-consumer waste. EarthEasy.com explains the process of turning soda bottles into fabric here.
Clothes Made From Scrap uses a fabric made of recycled soda bottles and reclaimed cotton - pre-consumer waste from cotton mills - in its sportswear. It also sells hats and totes made from 100 percent recycled plastic bottles.
Dozens of on-line boutiques offer a variety of organic cotton, hemp, bamboo, silk and wool clothing shopping options.
So far, the only organic clothes I've bought have been t-shirts and long underwear. The t-shirts are 100% organic cotton. The long underwear is silk. They were easily ordered on-line, which is the only place I ever see organic clothes advertised. That's too bad. I'd buy more organic clothing if I could try it on! I do make a habit when I'm in a department store, especially if it's a chain, of asking the manager where the "organic line" is. It takes her a minute to realize I'm not talking about fruits and vegetables.
Organic Exchange, a non-profit organization that encourages companies to use more organic materials, has a terrific on-line brochure that explains the benefits of organic cotton. You can read it here .
The Sustainable Cotton Project is working to encourage consumer demand for organic cotton. You can get more information on their efforts here.