Just like non-organic t-shirts, organic cotton t-shirts vary widely in how they feel, their shape and the density of the fabric. I’ve been buying organic cotton t-shirts for a little while now (switching over when I discovered how much better they are for the environment and the people that farm the cotton; not to mention, the quality). I thought I’d share some of the best I’ve found.
The White T-Shirt Co.
The White T-Shirt Co. focus solely on making perfect t-shirts and they’ve been doing it since 2004. They work with The Green Cotton Group, a Danish textile manufacturer that produce organic cotton using the most sustainable methods. The White T-Shirt Co. produce incredibly soft t-shirts that don’t lose their softness after washing. Their long-sleeve t-shirts are made with a fairly dense jersey whereas their short-sleeve t-shirts are much thinner, good for layering in the winter or on their own in warmer months. I recommend their Fitted Long Sleeve Round Neck T-Shirt and Relaxed Short Sleeve Round Neck T-Shirt (I go up a size in both for a looser fit).
New kid on the block, ARKET are part of the immense H&M group. Their raison d’être is to create quality products that are accessible to all, that will last, an ‘archive’ of wardrobe essentials. Only a few of their products are currently made with organic cotton, mostly t-shirts and vests and the odd pair of jeans but they do also use recycled cashmere in some of their jumpers (I have one and it’s so nice). I have a couple of their Organic Cotton T-Shirts in black and blush (which they refer to as orange). It’s a classic crew neck style that hangs beautifully and has a flattering longer cut short sleeve. They’re very lightweight with a slightly coarse texture. They have stayed exactly the same wash after wash.
If you’re looking for a classic crew-neck t-shirt look no further than Organic Basics. They’re a Danish brand that specialise in basics, such as t-shirts and underwear, all made from Turkish organic cotton. They are constantly pushing for a higher level of sustainability, environmentally as well as socio-economically. Their t-shirts fall somewhere in-between the other two brands, they are lightweight with a soft texture. They’re straight cut and hang really nicely. I have their Organic Cotton Stretch Tee in white and black, both of which I’ve worn quite a bit. They seem to get a bit looser and softer the more you wash them.