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Top 10 Organic Cotton Retailers

6/29/2009 12:00:00 AM

Tags: The Organic Exchange, organic cottono, shopping, retailers, Pottery Barn, H&M, Zara, Nike, C&A, Wal-Mart

Organic cotton textiles sales in 2008 were $3.2 billion worldwide, up 63 percent from the $1.9 billion spent in 2007, according to the Organic Exchange’s Organic Cotton Market Reports. The top 10 companies that purchased organic cotton might surprise you—especially the number one buyer.

Organic cotton wash cloths
Organic cotton is healthier for you and for the environment. Photo By Genevive Too/Courtesy Flickr 

10. Hessnatur
This German clothing company uses organic wool, cotton, linen and silk in its clothing lines.

9. Greensource
This U.S.-based company specializes in certified-organic t-shirts and denim. 

8. Pottery Barn
Since 2007, this home furnishings store has carried organic cotton bedding and bath towels. More than half of Pottery Barn’s bedding contains at least 5 percent organic cotton.

7. Coop Switzerland
Switzerland’s second-largest grocery store carries organic, fair-trade cotton textiles. 

6. Anvil Knitwear
This company created the world’s first carbon neutral t-shirt. 

5. Zara
This stylish Spanish company introduced organic cotton t-shirts and denim in 2008. This season the line has grown to include dresses, tops and scarves. 

4. H&M
In 2004, this Swedish clothing company incorporated organic cotton into its children’s line. Since 2007, it has expanded its use of organic cotton to its women and men’s lines. 

3. Nike
By 2010 Nike, which already offers 100 percent organic cotton products, plans to use at least 5 percent organic cotton in all cotton-containing apparel. 

2. C&A
The Belgium clothing company started using organic cotton in 2007. Since then, C&A has exponentially expanded its organic cotton lines. 

1. Wal-Mart
Yes, that’s right. Wal-Mart buys12 million pounds of organic cotton, making it the world’s largest consumer of organic cotton. In 2006, when Wal-Mart adapted green business practices and products, it incorporated organic cotton into its clothing, bedding and bath products.

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