By far the most popular of sustainable fabric choices, there is now a huge range of organic cotton garments that can be sourced for custom printing. Continental Clothing Company and Stanley/Stella are the biggest players in Europe and both have extensive collections, featuring lots of different styles (all of which are certified by the Fair Wear Foundation).
Continental Clothing Company (CCC) manufacture some organic and some non-organic garments. Their EarthPositive collection currently comprises 50 garments, which include T-shirts, sweaters, hoodies, baby garments, a kids T-shirt, tote bags and (most recently) aprons. EarthPositive garments are organic cotton or Tencel blend and have a 90% reduced carbon footprint.
CCC have a smaller Fair Share range, which is much like the EarthPositive range but includes a 10p surcharge that goes to the factory workers to increase their wages. Amazingly, adding as little as 10p to the price of a T-shirt, or 54p to the price of a hoody, results in a 50% increase in the wages of the poorest workers at their factory in India.
Stanley/Stella have 142 garment styles, all of which are sustainable options and the majority of which are organic cotton. They have a great adult range with a variety of styles, a kids range and lots of different bag types. Stanley/Stella work with only 7 factories in Bangladesh and have 19 local staff that work with the factories every day, to ensure that ethical conditions are met. Bruno Van Sieleghem, from Stanley/Stella says that "Sustainability is a very long journey. It is an ideal that we try to reach but that we will probably never meet. Our exclusive choice for organic cotton is the only one we can do when you know how harmful conventional cotton cropping can be, because of the heavy chemical usage."
Mantis Clothing has a great organic cotton baby range called BabyBugz , some nice organic adult garments and amazing organic cotton denim bags. They’re looking to move their whole range over to organic cotton in the next few years.
US brand Alternative Apparel have started selling organic cotton blanks in the UK and we’ve been keeping an eye on Danish company Neutral, who manufacture Fairtrade organic cotton garment blanks.
Other manufacturers have dipped their toes in the water too, producing a few organic cotton garments: AWDis has a small range called Ecologie and Asquith & Fox, Russell Brand, Kariban and B&C Collection have some organic cotton options too.