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Superheroes for Organically Grown


This ad appeared in the November 1977 edition of Seventeen magazine featuring Lynda Carter as the spokesperson for Organically Grown. At the time, Lynda was the star of the hit TV show Wonder Woman. In the seventies, women fought for equal rights, such as the basic freedom to earn the same salary as a man for doing the same job. Even though Wonder Woman had been a popular comic book character for many years prior, it was Lynda’s role as Wonder Woman in the seventies that made the world believe that a woman could be a superhero. Ms. Carter was the perfect choice to represent Organically Grown… strong, independent, confident and beautiful…standing tall in the American way.

Today Organically Grown is in the middle of a different struggle. Day by day, more and more people learn of the toxins in their foods, but now it is our job to inform them of the hundreds of millions of pounds of toxins used to conventionally grow the cotton they wear, and the disastarous effect its production has on our planet. Organic cotton removes these toxins, and the clothes we sell at are made from 100% organic cotton. 

So be a superhero like Wonder Woman, and help us spread the word about the power of organic cotton and all the amazing things we are doing at Organically Grown. And to all the women of the world…don’t give up the fight!

By Bob Stein, co-founder of Organically Grown



Organically Grown “Gets Naked or Goes Organic” at Sunset Sessions!

The 15th annual Sunset Sessions is now a beautiful memory. Held this year at San Diego’s luxurious Rancho Bernardo Inn, Michele Clark’s Sunset Sessions is a music industry event that gives recording artists a chance to be heard by music supervisors and radio programmers. I would like to thank all of the great recording artists who stopped by the Organically Grown booth. We asked all of the musicians to “Get Naked or Go Organic,” choosing to take off their non-organic tees and replace it with one of Organically Grown’s organic t-shirts. Cotton covers 2.5% of the world’s farmable land, and is the world’s second most heavily sprayed crop; conventional cotton requires 1/3 pound of toxic chemicals to make just one t-shirt, adding up to hundreds of millions of pounds each year. I was surprised that the concept of organic cotton and organic clothing was new to so many artists, but then again, that’s why we were there…to let the creative community know about the destruction caused by conventional cotton production, because they are the ones with the voice who will get the message out!


The "Creating Change" panelists

I don’t know how Michele Clark manages to do all the amazing things she does, in putting together this event each year. We met with so many amazing new and emerging artists, and it was especially satisfying to meet and interview reggae legend Jimmy Cliff. It was also great to be on the “Creating Change” panel with Conor Gaffney from Café Gratitude & co-producer of May I Be Frank, Stephen Powers from Agape International, Bushwalla, Erica Krusen from MusiCares and Jim Lindberg, the former lead singer from the band Pennywise. Also on the panel was my dear friend Kevin Lyman, who made the 60-plus tour buses on the Vans Warped Tour change to biodiesel fuel when, at the time, it was not the most economical thing to do.


Jason Mraz perfroming "I'm Yours"

Jason Mraz lit up the stage with an intimate concert catered by Chipotle, who use fresh avocados grown on Jason’s orchard to make their guacamole, and use about 25% organic beans in their food. Jason got his big break at Sunset Sessions with “I’m Yours,” which would eventually be nominated for a Grammy Award, and would spend 76 weeks on Billboard’s Hot 100, breaking the record for the most weeks spent on the chart. As a major star, it was great to have Jason back as an alumni. From everything I know about him, from spiritually supporting the musical efforts of his friends like the Makepeace Brothers and Bushwalla, as well as Michele’s efforts, more important than being a star, he is a gentleman.


Lucinda Williams performing

Thanks again to Michele for allowing Organically Grown to be a sponsor of this amazing event, and to all the artists who performed, and whom we interviewed. Not only did we get to interview many amazing artists, it turns out we have made friends. We will be posting the videos of these interviews in the next few weeks.

By Bob Stein, co-founder of Organically Grown


I am so excited about our brand new spring line of organic baby clothes. They are beautifully designed and on top of that, they are GOTS certified!  GOTS stands for Global Organic Textile Standard. The goal of the standard is to ensure the organic status of the textiles, from harvesting of the raw materials, through environmentally and socially responsible manufacturing, and finally labeling to provide a credible assurance to the consumer. Additional criteria for processing and manufacturing include:

  • At all stages through the processing, organic fiber products must be separated from conventional fiber products and must to be clearly identified
  • All chemical inputs (e.g. dyes, auxiliaries and process chemicals) must be evaluated and meet basic requirements on toxicity and biodegradability/eliminability
  • Prohibition of critical inputs such as toxic heavy metals, formaldehyde, aromatic solvents, functional nano particles, genetically modified organisms (GMO) and their enzymes
  • The use of synthetic sizing agents is restricted; knitting and weaving oils must not contain heavy metals
  • Bleaches must be based on oxygen (no chlorine bleaching)
  • Azo dyes that release carcinogenic amine compounds are prohibited
  • Discharge printing methods using aromatic solvents and plastisol printing methods using phthalates and PVC are prohibited
  • All operators must have an environmental policy including target goals and procedures to minimize waste and discharges
  • Wet processing units must keep full records of the use of chemicals, energy, water consumption and wastewater treatment, including the disposal of sludge. The wastewater from all wet processing units must be treated in a functional wastewater treatment plant.
  • All processors must meet worker-friendly standards set forth by the International Labour Organisation (ILO).

We are very proud to offer you this super high-quality, well-designed, socially conscious product at an affordable price. Please visit our website.

Your baby or a friend’s baby will thank you!
By Bob Stein, Co-Founder of Organically Grown

Remembering Martin Luther King, Jr. and His Environmental Legacy

In my last blog, I wrote about the “Promise of America.” Today, we honor a man who embodied the potential of how great America can be: Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Appealing to the moral decency in all of us, Dr. King showed us how change can occur without violence.

Dr. King’s final speech was in support of the Memphis sanitation workers’ strike. The workers were being exposed to disease, making for very unsafe working conditions.  Following King’s death, city officials resolved the strike, providing new protections to the city’s sanitation workers.

Being able to live and work in a healthy environment should be a basic human right. Just as the Memphis sanitation workers were subjected to poor working conditions, people around the world who work in conventional cotton production are subjected to hundreds of millions of pounds of pesticides each year, according to the Organic Exchange. Seven out of ten of these pesticides are on the EPA’s list of known, likely, or probable human carcinogens. By choosing organic cotton products, made without pesticides, we can make a difference in the quality of life for those farm workers.

Everyone should have the right to make healthy decisions, regardless of where they live or how much money they possess.  Being able to choose organic products is an economic issue because they are generally more expensive. At Organically Grown, we try to provide our customers with fashionable organic cotton products that they can afford. We hope that as the demand for organic products grows, the price will continue to decrease – making them increasingly accessible to everyone.

Martin Luther King understood that environmental justice is social justice, and to truly celebrate his legacy, we need to listen to his words and work together towards his vision of a free, equal, and healthy America, and for that matter, the world.


The Better Cotton Initiative

You may come across the Better Cotton Initiative. Reportedly, prominent companies are jumping on the Better Cotton Initiative bandwagon. According to the following link,, dated August 2009, the Better Cotton Initiative, at this time, included the use of cotton grown from genetically modified seeds. One can argue the benefits and detriments of genetically modified seeds.

At Organically Grown, we have nothing to do with the Better Cotton Initiative. When the BCI standard is organic, we will support their efforts. We are committed to providing our customers with 100% certified organic cotton, made without the use of pesticides and GMOs.


Can China Turn Cotton Green?

I just read an  fascinating article by Chris Wood that appeared in the February edition of Miller-McCune Magazine ( this is a great magazine).  The article cites one Chinese official as conceding that in 2006, the cumulative cost of environmental damage and pollution-related health care had effectively offset all of China’s widely envied 10 percent annual economic growth. Wow!
The Chinese government has essentially acknowledged they no longer can sustain a path of self destruction. This isn’t China’s problem , it’s all of our problem…and do you really think other countries aren’t having the same problem?…They are…And we all have to deal with it.
According to the Organic Exchange, 456 million pounds of toxic pesticides are used in conventional cotton production per year, the water supply and rivers become contaminated, farm workers become sick…7 out of 10 of the pesticides used are known, likely or probable carcinogens according to the EPA.
This would not be a problem if organic farming methods were mandated. Organically Grown’s cotton is made without harmful pesticides and other toxins.  The connection between what you wear and the effect it has on our planet…is obvious.  This is why we started, Organically Grown.
I strongly urge you to read this article.  Please go to and buy our products and support all organic products.

Angie Everhart loves Organically Grown baby

Angie Everhart’s baby shower was held on July 17th. It was  hosted by the Hot Moms Club and Melissa Joan Hart at her

Sweet Harts Sweet Shop in Sherman Oaks, California.

Angie is holding one of our 100% organic cotton romper sets with an embroidered and appliqued “Save the Trees” design which retails for $26.00.