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Violence-free silk scarves are displayed on a shelf at Organic Avenue, a vegan general store in New York. See green living images.

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In our imaginations, organic clothing usually isn't very fashionable. It reminds us of Birkenstocks, shapeless tunics and burlaplike textures -- tie-dye optional. But our imaginations are stuck in the 1970s. Organic and alternative fibers have come a long way since then.

Organic clothing is made of all-natural, non-synthetic materials and is a part of the organic agriculture movement. This movement emphasizes farming and processing that work with nature and help minimize air, soil and water pollution. Organic clothing materials come from plants that have not been radiated, genetically modified or treated with synthetic or chemical pesticides. Any product labeled organic, whether it's a T-shirt or an apple, has to meet national standards set up by the United S­tates Department of Agriculture (USDA).

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Related to organic clothing is sustainable clothing. Sustainable clothing emphasizes the reuse and recycling of materials and is part of the environmental awareness movement. Both organic and sustainable clothing are green and environmentally friendly.

In this article, we'll explore the different fabrics used in organic and sustainable clothing, find out where to buy these fashions and learn about the environmental impact of non-organic fibers.